This is an amazing time of year at farms in our region. The fields are filling up with seedlings of all shapes and sizes thanks to the hard work our farm staff, Michelle and Brian, and our growing community of volunteers at Stonehill. We are also lucky to have the help of our friends at Langwater Farm, who used their tractor to turn the soil for us again a couple of weeks ago and quickly prepped 10 beds with black plastic last week for our tomatoes, cucumbers, flowers and summer squash.
The days are long and we are in the fields for most hours of daylight planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. Some of the seeds that we planted back in March, like the lettuce, arugula, mustard greens, kale and beets, have matured and already been delivered to our partners and the people they serve.
Other early crops, like the green cabbage, continue to draw nutrients from the soil and energy from the sun to reach their full potential. I have been tracking the growth of these green cabbages from day one, and it is astounding to see how much they have grown over the past couple of months.
Our Sugar Snap Peas are starting to climb the trellis we set up for them on May 24th.
Seedlings of warm weather crops like tomatoes, eggplants and summer squash are moving out into the fields from the more controlled environment of the greenhouse.
Just this past Saturday, with the help of Tim Watts, from the Facilities Management Department, and Nick Howard (Class of 2013) we planted 400 feet of two varieties of Sweet Corn, “Brocade” and “Luscious”, in 5 row blocks. As we worked we discussed the importance of smiles. The farm is growing these too! We think you’ll agree when you visit us and join us in our work.
Check back in with us in early July to see if our corn is “Knee High By the 4th of July!”.