Farm Preparation and Planning – Spring at the TC3 Farm

Farm Preparation and Planning at TC3 Farm – Student Post by Murray

Farm preparation and planning Planting seeds properly is the most important job on the farm. The start of a new plant is so crucial and if attention to detail is ignored, a huge failure in the season would be possible. Seeding is not as simple as one might think; it involves many hours of preparation and planning. Also, plant data and growing knowledge is key for success. Understanding how the particular seed grows, what temperature it needs, the best way to transplant/direct seed or what nutrients the soil needs, the grower must understand these basics.

Seeding is very important, in fact, one of the most important in determining the whole season’s success. First, using seedling trays is necessary if the seedlings have to be transplanted. Seedling StartsThis gives the control of their environment and also proves to be easier when transplanting. It is also important to know how many seeds per cell are needed as the germination rate may be high or low and compensation is needed for the differences in crops. A great company where TC3 Farm buys its seeds is called High Mowing Seeds.

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TC3 Farm Starting Ginger, Tumeric, and Seedlings – Student Post

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

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Seedling Flats in the Greenhouse at the TC3 Farm

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.

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Planting Ginger and Tumeric

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.

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