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That Summer Feeling… in Mid-March!

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Garlic’s up in the field!

Spring is here!

It is hard to believe that it is only March 23rd! The plants in the field and in the trays are responding well as they drink in the warm rays and grow towards the sun.

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Mesclun Mix Seedlings

 

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Astro Arugula and Candy Onion seedlings drink in the sun in the greenhouse.

 

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Celosia seedlings.

It is a bit strange, to say the least, to have temperatures in the high 70’s and low 80’s in March!

What does this mean about the health of our planet? 

Weather forecasts look to be dropping to more seasonal highs in the 50’s next week, which is a bit of a relief. As much as I enjoy the “summer feeling,” March is a bit early for that to be kicking in already!

Erin, Gabbie and Dan seed zinnias in the greenhouse.

With some luck, the warm weather will allow our seedlings to grow well and hopefully be able to offer our produce to our partners in Brockton much earlier this second season. This year we will deliver produce to The Easton Food Pantry, Father Bill’s and MainSpring, My Brother’s Keeper and the Old Colony YMCA weekly.


Under warm and sunny skies, we quickly got to work at The Farm. 

“Getting to work” was made easier thanks to our new, 2002 Chevy Silverado farm truck…

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At the wheel of our new farm truck!

…new greenhouse tables built by Mark Larson, one of the college’s talented carpenters…

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Our new greenhouse tables, ready for seedlings!

…and good farming neighbors!

On March 22nd around 6:30PM, Rory O’Dwyer from Langwater Farm arrived with their John Deere tractor and a chisel plow to turn our first field.

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First turn of the fields: March 22

  It only took her a little over 1 hour to work her magic, and turn in some of the winter rye that we planted in the fall.

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Our front field covered with our cover crop: winter rye.

The very next day, under clear skies and 70 degree weather, over 15 volunteers joined me to do some early weeding in the perennial beds!

First they signed in…

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Our Volunteer Log

…then the weeding began in the perennial beds…

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Erin, Sean, Bryan and Dan were just 4 of the over 15 volunteers who helped out at the farm today!

 

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Ryan, Michelle and a couple of volunteers weed the raspberries.

 

…planting commenced in window boxes on our shed…

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Margaret and Dan plant Morning Glories, Sweet Peas and Zinnias in our shed window boxes.

 

…and planting seeds continued in the greenhouse (and later in the Sem basement).

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Bryan gets ready to bottom water some newly planted seeds.

 

There was even a moment or two to enjoy a snack from the field!

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Nick and Tim pause for a bite of kale that overwintered in the fields.

We welcome you to join us this season by following us online or working with us in the fields.“Like us” on Facebook by clicking here to keep on top of happenings at The Farm. 

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Don’t forget to sign in!

Happy Spring! Happy Farming!

 

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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)
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Day 19 (April 4, 2011)
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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…