We have been VERY busy on the farm this past month. We decided not to till our 1/2 acre plot of land so we have been working it by hand with a broadfork, removing old crops, removing plastic mulch, and pulling out weeds as we go. We are cover cropping with a variety of green manures including: Austrian winter peas, rye, an edible winter mix, fava beans, and garbonzo beans. We are a bit late in the season for planting- but we are going for it- trying to improve our soil. I have been throughout impressed by the kids persistence in the hard labor of broadforking.
We are also starting production inside the greenhouse. Last week we planted our first round of lettuces and greens! We are still experimenting with seed, growing medium and container. So hopefully we will have a wonderful salad mix to market in a few weeks!
Also, our greenhouse is getting a new cover! We were hit hard by the hail storm last spring and our double layer poly cover is in no shape for winter. This Saturday we are having a recover work part at the farm, come join us!
We started the morning harvesting lettuce at the farm, then loaded into our ‘faithful’ white van and headed to the Civic Center. Our table included: produce, popcorn, hot cider, worm castings, t-shirts, socks, mushroom logs and handmade cards. The youth took turns manning the table and collecting recycling and compost materials from the crowd and other vendors.
I think the crowds were impressed with our massive sweet potatoes and fresh broccoli. We sold a good amount of sweet potatoes and a bit of lettuce. It was a great experience for our crew to interact with their larger community and to explain what they are doing on the farm. I was so proud to hear them telling their stories and sharing the information they have learned. If you signed up to volunteer with us we’ll be contacting you soon. Thanks to our youth for the great job they did and thanks to our community for supporting us!