Howdy folks! So, we’ve made it to the home stretch of the CSA season. Only three more weeks left after this week. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the season in depth over the next few weeks but I will say that with all we endured over the course of the growing season, this has been a very successful third farm season.
Those Leaves, they are a changing! I truly love living in the Northeast and getting the chance to experience all the seasons. Working outside just about every day of the year gives you a great appreciation for all of Nature’s beauty and fall is always my favorite. Watching this hillsides change from afar is an amazing sight.
The farm is still busy with lots of activity. The harvest keeps coming in and preparing for the winter months and next season continues. Last week we began renovating the strawberries.
That entails removing all the “runners” or side shoots off the plants and just leaving the “mothers”, which are the main plants where we get the fruit from. Before the plants go into a dormant state for the winter, we’ll mow them down and fertilize them. Something that we experimented last year was to save some of the runners and put them in pots and keep them in the greenhouse for the winter. Come springtime we replanted them out in gaps in our beds. This year we are going to save a lot more to hopefully plant a whole new bed and have some plants for sale. We also planted one of our hoophouse areas with winter greens to have available for our farm stand and restaurants. In the coming weeks, we’ll plant the other hoophouse and greenhouse so we can produce food year round.
Hallelujah! It’s rained and I mean, a real live soak into the ground and saturate things rain. This is a much needed relief. Not only for the plants but for all us crop savior’s who take turns watering for hours each day, every week. The plants are surely going to like it and I’m excited … Read more
So, Grassroots came and went and no rain! It’s the first time that I can remember that happening since I’ve been in the Ithaca area. But we got some today, and boy, did it feel good. I didn’t get a chance to check the rain gauge but when I went out to the field this … Read more
So, guess what folks? The US Drought Monitor has upgraded our area to “severe” drought. I’m not sure that designation brought any relief to our students or plants but I guess it’s nice to have some validation. We’ve gotten a little rain in the last week but again we need some soakers. I’m not too … Read more
While the weather outside may still be brisk, Spring has emphatically arrived at the TC3 Farm. We are excited to be starting our first full growing season with greenhouse seedlings and hoophouse crop production. Our students have been keeping busy seeding and planting, and we now have production started in all of our houses. This photo essay will give you an idea of what we have been up to, and for those of you that are CSA members, a preview of what you can expect in the first few pickups this year.
The greenhouse at the TC3 Farm has 6 benches – each 12 feet x 6 feet. The benches are strung with thin rubber tubing that runs heated water under the plants, providing seeds with a little bit of warmth to get them started. Above you can see 10 flats of onion seeds sitting on one of these benches.
In the past couple of weeks Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students have helped us plant over 5500 seedlings of onions, leeks, basil, parsley, and cumin into plug trays.