This Week at the TC3 Farm – Hatfield Transplanter, Weeding in the Rain, and Picking Rocks – Student Post by Sean
This week on the TC3 Farm the class did various tasks like weeding in the rain, picking rocks, and planting several different types of plants. I am learning a lot from the TC3 farm as a Culinary Arts student. For me, I’m not trying to be a farmer, so this whole thing was a new experience. Weeding in the rain and being unprepared for it was a definite challenge for me. You definitely need a raincoat or some kind of water protection because if you don’t have it you’re out of luck. I was wearing a jacket and less than two hours in the rain I was soaked like a piece of like bread. On top of that it was windy and cold, so now I know to get a raincoat.
The next day was fun. We planted about 1,800 plants including several varieties of cabbage, kale, and broccoli. Cabbage varieties included ‘Red Express’, and broccoli varieties included Belstar and De Cicco. Most the time I talk to my food while it’s cooking, but I have never talked to it while I’m planting, so this is a first for me. It was a whole new experience for me to plant. I never knew how hard it was for farmers to pick rocks I thought it was easy. Boy I was wrong they are very heavy and I had to move fast.