Field Notes

Notes from the field: fall/winter pickup 4

Notes from the field: fall/winter pickup 4

This week Allison and I attended the 2019 New England Fruit and Veg Conference. It included three intensive days of seminars, trade shows, and talking with farmers from all around. We saw many familiar faces along with meeting some great new contacts. Here are some […]

Notes from the field: Fall/winter pickup 3

Notes from the field: Fall/winter pickup 3

Who else used some of their share veggies to brighten up a holiday meal last week? I know I sure did. One of my favorite things about being the field manager here is the ability to share the harvest with others. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, […]

Notes from the Field: Fall/Winter Pickup 2

Notes from the Field: Fall/Winter Pickup 2

Notes from the Field

For most of the season you’ve heard about our crew working long hot summer days to bring you the food in each weeks CSA distribution. Now as our season winds down, we’ve been taking the time to reflect, and build on our vision for next year.

We often get asked “what do you do in the winter time?” and here’s the answer: We start by building a budget that includes research on new tools and implements that can help our farm run even better. Then, we work through our Summer, Fall, and Flower CSA planting lists. We ask ourselves “What worked here?” “How can we maximize our growing space?” “What new varieties have shown promising yields that we’d like to try out?”.

Using these questions as a guideline, we build a brand new master spreadsheet for the season. We then factor in crop rotations, pest controls, fertility needs for each vegetable, and by the time every inch of the farm is mapped out, its time to start planting.

 

Notes from the Field : Week 18

Notes from the Field : Week 18

Notes from the Field Our first frosts have come and gone. The more tender crops (tomatoes, husk cherries, tomatillos, peppers, beans and most of the flowers) were damaged by the frost. We were hoping to have some of those veggies for pick your own for […]

Notes from the Field : Week 17

Notes from the Field : Week 17

This week, we continue to get the farm cleaned up and ready for fall. We spent all morning pulling plastic mulch and drip tape off of the eggplant beds in the “Back 40.” We  relocated the landscape fabric in the aisles of those beds into the […]