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Season 2012 Begins – Time to Start Planting!

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Brian and Sean plant our first seeds (onions!) of the season. (February 24, 2012)

The 2012 growing season has begun!

On February 24, Brian and Sean joined me in the basement of the Sem to plant our first seeds, which included 4 varieties of onions (Alisa Craig, Candy, Cortland and White Pearl Drop) and Snapdragons.  These two were quick studies, and with ease they prepped trays and set to work planting the small seeds.

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Candy Onions – up and looking for light in the greenhouse! (February 29, 2012)

It didn’t take long (5 days) before little green sprouts started to pop up into view. We moved them out into the greenhouse to ensure good light quality as they grow!

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Molly joins me and Brian to plant another round of seeds. (March 2, 2012)

It didn’t take long for word to spread, and more farm volunteers arrived ready to work on Friday.  We planted lettuce, spinach, chard, and a couple of more flower varieties including Statice and Celosia.

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Brian, Sean, Molly, Brianne, Erin and Dianna… ready to farm! (March 2, 2012)

 The snowy morning at the farm did not diminish our enthusiasm as we moved the onions and greens that have already germinated out into the greenhouse.

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Brianne, Molly, Dianna, and Erin enjoy our greenhouse, heated by the sun, after moving trays up from the basement of The Sem. (March 2, 2012)

It will not be long before we are all out in the fields surrounded by the greens of spring, the vibrant rainbow of summer, and the deeper hues of the fall.

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March came in like a lion with some ice and snow.         (March 2, 2012)

For now we plant and water, watch and plan, as the days become longer and the temperatures begin to climb.

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Statice Flower Sprouts (March 5, 2012).

Before we know it, these fields covered in the crystals of winter, will be filled with vibrant colors that only the longer, warmer days of the spring, summer and fall can bring.

Volunteers hours will begin in earnest after Spring Break. 

If you would like to receive emails about when you can volunteer please email Erin: ecobb@students.stonehill.edu or send us a message using the Volunteer Tab above.

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Green Cabbage: From Seed to Table Spring 2011 Spring Seedlings 2011 The Farm at Stonehill

Cabbage: From Seed to Table

Watch green cabbage grow with me!

I planted some of our first seeds on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2011.

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Day 1: Planting the seeds. (March 17, 2011)

The seeds germinated over the weekend and when I returned on Monday I found a forest of sprouts.

I repositioned them under the lights, gave them a drink, and one more day to grow before choosing the strongest seedlings and starting the thinning process.  Those that remain will continue to grow and those that were thinned will become our first “harvest” and top a salad today!

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Day 6: Cabbage Sprout Forest. (March 22, 2011)


Cabbage sprouts pre-thinning March 23, 2011 (Day 7)
Day 7: Cabbage Sprouts Pre-thinning. (March 23, 2011).

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Day 7: First Harvest: Cabbage Sprouts. (March 23, 2011)
Day 7: Thinned Cabbage Sprouts
Day 7: Thinned Cabbage Sprouts: Grow, Grow, Grow! (March 23, 2011)
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Day 8 (March 24, 2011)
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Day 9 (March 25, 2011)

… And then the sprouts were transplanted

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Day 13 (March 29, 2011)
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Day 13 (March 29, 2011)

 

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Day 14 (March 30, 2011)
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Day 15 (March 31, 2011)
Cabbage photo on april 4, 2011
Day 19 (April 4, 2011)
Photo of Cabbage on April 8, 2011
Day 23 (April 8, 2011)
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Day 28 (April 13, 2011)
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Day 33 (April 18, 2011)

 

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May 6, 2011
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June 5, 2011

 

Cabbage on July 7, 2011

 

July 31, 2011

 

August 3, 2011

To be continued…