Week of September 9th – CSA Newsletter #14

Well, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Fall is definitely in the air. We’re not there yet but with the first leaves on the trees starting to change color, it will be here before we know it. There’s still plenty happening on the farm. I was able to acclimate the … Read more

Week of September 2nd – CSA Newsletter #13

Happy September, folks! Well, the first week of class came and went. I hope that folks working over at Tompkins Cortland had a great first week. The new student interns started last week. Even though no farm work got done the day that we met, I was really impressed with the energy and enthusiasm this … Read more

Week of August 12th – CSA Newsletter #10

Howdy, folks. This week’s newsletter is going to be short and sweet, as we get closer to the halfway point of the CSA season. Last week was quiet and mellow on the farm. It was just myself and Jorge, a Sustainable Farming and Food Systems student who has completed all his internships and is about … Read more

Week of August 5th – CSA Newsletter #9

Well, I’m not sure what happened to July but here we are at the beginning of August. Last week marked the end of the summer semester for the student interns. It was a great summer with these students. I think that they got a good taste of the realities of farming. I’m sure that they … Read more

Week of August 27th – CSA Newsletter

Welcome back to all my Tompkins Cortland colleagues. I hope you all had a great first week with the hustle and bustle of students back on campus. The new semester means a new “crop” of student interns on the farm. And if the first couple of classes are any indication, it looks like a terrific group that will be spending time with me on the farm. Most of the interns this semester are new students enrolled in the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems degree at the college but we always seem to attract students from other degree programs. This semester there are a few students from the Culinary Arts program. I’m always excited when there are students who care enough about where their food comes from and want to learn some aspects of agriculture. I get especially jazzed when Culinary Arts students are on the farm. I think that it can have a huge impact on their experience at Tompkins Cortland when they can have the hands on experience that ties in the production side of things with the food that ends up in the kitchen and eventually on our plates. I believe this is the fifth semester in a row that I have had at least one student from the Culinary Arts program. 

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Week of August 13th – CSA Newsletter

Sunrise on the farm

We are inching our way to the midpoint of our CSA season. It’s hard to believe, but it is happening. These next couple of weeks on the farm is just treading water, spending most of the time harvesting for the CSA, our farm stand and restaurants. Anything else that gets done is just icing on the cake until the fall semester starts and my new “crop” of interns show up. I’ve been lucky this summer to hire a part-time worker and even better is that he is a graduate of the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program at Tompkins Cortland. It’s been so nice to have someone here that is familiar with the farm and how we do things. In addition to all of last week’s harvest, we managed to get some field projects done and a little bit of transplanting. We were stopped in our tracks last Wednesday but that storm that rolled through. It was the first time all season that we got one of those really hard rains during the middle of the work day. It showed up while we were in the middle of planting some bok choi for the fall and just kept coming. We powered through finishing the bed but were soaked to the bone and shifted to inside work after that. I think we ended up with close to 1.75 inches of rain that day.

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