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Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.

Garden planting begins in earnest

With the garden tilled, wife Karen marked out the rows and began planting while son Noah and I were building a new stretch of high tensile fence up behind the house. We plant a big garden to have fresh vegetables through the summer, and to have plenty to freeze and store for the winter. We buy most of our seed from an organic seed company, High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott, Vermont. Karen planted most of the garden, setting out the bedding plants and sowing the vegetable seeds. Planting the seed potatoes is my job. They were the last thing to be put in to the garden. The green beans and the sweet corn we planted this year were seeds we saved from last yearís garden. We can't wait to see how well those seeds germinate.

--Jonathan, Howmars Farm
Franklin, Vermont


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