Starting Ginger, Tumeric, and Seedlings on the TC3 Farm – By Steve
The first in a series of Sustainable Farming and Food Systems student posts for the Spring 2016 semester
Here at TC3 Farm we have been very busy getting ready for the planting season. In the last few weeks we have started over 5,000 seeds and planted over 1200 lettuce transplants. We also have Arugula and Mustard Greens started in one of our hoop houses. We are taking a lot of our mixed greens to Coltivare Restaurant and to The Rook Restaurant, both in downtown Ithaca. We are supplying the greens to them once a week so they can incorporate fresh local food to their menu items. These greens are what we call, cut and come again crops, which means we will get three or four harvests off each plant. This year the farm also decided to plant some ginger and some tumeric. These plants start right from the root and are in our greenhouse now, germinating and getting ready to be planted when the last frost hits.
This year the farm is also doing custom seedling sales for the home gardener that does not own a greenhouse or growing lights. They supply the organic seeds they want germinated and we start the seeds in a flat seedling tray to start transplants in the greenhouse for them to plant in their gardens when it is time. Also, we have started many seedlings for a plant sale that will be taking place at Greentree Garden Supply store located on Route 13 in Ithaca, 606 Elmira Road, in front of Ithaca Brewing Company. It is on Saturdays and the dates are May 21st, May 28th, and June 4th , from 9am-2pm. Transplant sales, tours, and workshops. There are over 45 different varieties of produce and herbs being grown on the farm this year which supplies produce for the CSA program and the produce stand out in front of main campus at TC3.
There is a lot of new stuff going on this planting season on the farm. Lots of new varieties of produce, and talk of possibly some pigs being introduced to the farm. It won’t be but a few weeks and the fields will be buzzing with bees, the plow will be tilling and we will be getting busy with lots of transplanting. We’re even putting in blueberry bushes and a small grape vineyard. There is going to be many more Web posts in the next few weeks so be sure to check in with us often. This is going to be a great year on the farm and you are not going to want to miss what’s going on.