Week of October 24th – CSA Newsletter

So, October had a little bit of an identity crisis last week. We had some incredibly gorgeous weather early in the week to cold and rainy at the end. We removed our rain gauge from the field sometime in September but from what I’m hearing from others in the area, we got more rain in 3 days then we did the entire summer. Kinda crazy to think about. We had standing water in some spots in our field today! All this rain isn’t going to do too much for our remaining crops but it will definitely help to raise the water table. We are at such a deficit right now that we can use as much as we can get. So, even though cold rainy days in the fall aren’t the best to work in, they are definitely a welcome sight. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a snowy winter to help with next year.

hoophouse spinach and chard
Newly planted spinach and chard

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Week of September 19th – CSA Newsletter

Greetings! We may be on the cusp of the official start of fall but we sure are enjoying these warm days on the farm. The veggies are loving them, too! Again, we are holding on to the hope that it’ll stay warm enough, long enough for most of our crops to reach maturity. Even with … Read more

Week of August 22nd – CSA Newsletter

Howdy Folks! My apologies for last week’s newsletter snafu. Technology just didn’t want to cooperate. Things have been fairly quiet on the farm for the last couple of weeks. Literally. Without the students around and their always very interesting topics of discussion, it’s been a time to recharge for the new semester. Work on the … Read more

Week of August 8th – CSA Newsletter

Greetings folks! Well, we made it through another successful summer semester at the TC3 Farm. This crop of students have been outstanding in the field. It’s been a pleasure to nurture these Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students and watch them grow during their time here at Tompkins Cortland Community College. They have truly blossomed….. … Read more

Dry Farming, Weeding, and Sticky Traps – Student Post

Dry Farming, Weeding, and Sticky Traps – Student Post By Maria

With the 2016 season well underway, many of the tasks on the TC3 Farm revolve around giving the plants a helping hand, the backbone of being a farmer.  As Todd mentioned in his CSA newsletter this week, our area has been upgraded to a “severe” drought; a big problem here because we mostly practice dry farming. But the plants need water, so I have been lucky enough to have the role affectionately titled Crop Savior. (watering picture) The past few weeks it was an arduous process that involved filling many 5-gallon buckets and trucking them to the field from the barn because the field does not have a water source yet, then using watering cans to get the water to the plants. Water Tank This required a team of people as a couple people filled buckets, while a couple more did the actual watering.  In the aforementioned newsletter, Todd shared the news we were gifted with a very large water tank that fills up the whole of the truck bed. (I was remiss in getting a picture of the tank like I’d hoped)  It has no pump, so it uses gravity to move the water, so our field being on a slope is a good thing in this regard.  While it is a slow flow from the tank out of the hose and it can be a lonely one-person job, the tank lasts for hours before needing a refill!  It’s almost a meditative job, so I rather enjoyed the watering shifts.

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