In previous posts I mentioned our Derby Home. This post introduces our new home and describes our expanded farming activities there. We purchased the property and home in May 2010. The property consists of 11 acres and is located just east of Derby Kansas. We moved in at the end of May and over the past 10 months we have done a number of small farm related improvements and feel it is time to give the new place a name and an introduction. The name is Turkey Foot Farm or TFF for short. Turkey Foot has a triple meaning for our farm since we are raising turkeys, have wild turkeys on the property and have pastures with big bluestem grass. The folk name for big bluestem is Turkey Foot.
I have listed some of the urban farming features of TFF below with photos.
1) 360 square feet of raised beds. The first thing we did at TFF was to construct raised beds using cinder blocks. The beds were filled with dirt and compost. The compost was obtained from Evergreen Recycling in Park City Kansas. A lot of the harvested vegetables described in the previous post “Fall Garden Wrap Up” came from the first of our three beds. I have included some photos from last summer and from today.
2) A 16 square foot cold frame.
The cold frame is used to extend the growing season. This spring we used it to start radishes, spinach, chard, collards and mustard greens.
3) A chicken coop with external runs and solar-powered lighting. This was a pretty big time and money investment. The chicken coop was built from an existing three-sided shed. We poured a concrete foundation in one half of the shed, added a front wall and other improvements. There was no electricity so we installed a solar battery charger and some 12 volt lighting. So far we have raised 2 dozen Cornish x rock chickens which are now all in our freezer or tummies along with a mixed flock of layers and one rooster that are shown in the photos below.
4) A large pile-based composting operation. I forgot to take a photo of our compost operation but will try to do so later. It consists of two large (8′ x 8′ x4′) side-by-side bins where we throw kitchen, yard and chicken waste to help us recycle and enrich the soil at TFF.
5) Web site. We also established a web site for TFF to help us establish ownership of the name and to provide a place to conduct online commerce should we decide to go in that direction. The web site can be viewed at: http://turkeyfootfarm.com/
We are still growing vegetables at the Coe Farm in Wichita and will continue to report on our progress there.