It is already the 4th of July, and the warm summer days are working well with intermittent thunderstorms and rainfall to produce lots of delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers.
It is exciting to see the colors of the fields filling the shelves at The Easton Food Pantry and My Brother’s Keeper. This past Monday some of our offerings included summer squash, zucchini and snap peas.
Yesterday we harvested our most diverse crop yet – including Farao Cabbage, Early Wonder Beets, Zephyr Summer Squash, Raven Zucchini, Sugar Snap Peas, Bright Light Rainbow Chard, Pearl Drop Onions, Northern Pickling Cucumbers, Genovese Basil, Santo Cilantro and Evergreen Bunching Onions – and delivered them by noon to The Family Center at The Old Colony YMCA.
There have been some other changes at the farm lately, including the addition of a new farm hand: Zuri. Zuri – which means “beautiful” in Swahili – is a 6 month old lab mix, who I adopted last Monday from Forever Homes Shelter in Medfield, MA. While her 4 legs make it difficult for her to help harvest, plant and weed our crops, her company has been great for our farm spirit!
Zuri splits her time between finding shade and sticking close by. Harvesting Pearl Drop Onions was exciting, as it brought some of the cooler soil to the surface and created a nice place to lie down in the field.
By the end of the day she’s pretty tuckered out, and happy to find a place in the field to rest next to the newly planted pumpkin seedlings.
In other news, the college welcomed the class of 2016 to campus last week for orientation. Sean, Gabby, Greg and I worked with Facilities Management to ensure that the incoming class understands how to compost on campus.
We welcome the incoming class and invite them to help us to strengthen our composting efforts in the Dining Commons and at The Sem.
With the help of this organic material we will continue to feed our soils and grow more nutritious crops for our partners and flowers for our community!