Tuesday, May 26, 2009

April Farm Update

Hello from the verdant fields of the farm!

Everything is alive and growing gangbusters. We are filling the greenhouse with seedlings and getting ready to do the first transplanting outdoors. Here is some of what has been happening since the last update:

--Bradley Hagens joined the farm staff for this season. No stranger to the farm, he has both worked here before and been a shareholder, and his horticultural and agricultural talents are much appreciated.

--Elizabeth Swope and I grafted the tops of the pawpaw trees over to improved varieties--this should mean better fruit and fewer years to bearing.

--We applied loads of our own finished compost to the fields that had weed pressure last season and lower levels of organic matter. If you drop off any compostables at the pile you'll see that a whole lot of it has disappeared onto the fields.

--The trainees, some familiar and some new faces, have done an excellent job of mulching the blueberries for weed control as well as seeding in the greenhouse. Today they are seeding watermelons in the greenhouse! Mmm, melons…

Interest in the farm this year is very high and I expect that we will be full in the next few weeks. If you know anyone who is intending to get a share this season, please let them know that now is the time.

Looking forward to the June harvest,


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