Spring on the TC3 Farm: Planting Vegetable Crops – Student Post by Steve
There has been a ton of planting happening on the TC3 Farm in the last few weeks and there is a lot more to be done. The one big hoop house is completely full of heirloom tomato plants that are looking wonderful and we even have another hoop house being filled with peppers which we are letting grow for longer to get all sorts of colored peppers, not just green. All of our transplants that we worked so hard on in the early spring are ready for planting in the field and all the students have been planting and cultivating the last few weeks. Our CSA program starts on June 14th and you’re really going to miss out on some awesome produce if you haven’t signed up yet. We have been transplanting pretty much every day for the last week or so and we really went to it on the potatoes this last week. Eleven different kinds were planted in 25 different rows. That’s over 1400 taters that
we put in the ground and if it all goes well we should harvest about a pound per foot. Potatoes are planted as tubers in furrows that we dig in the field. We put one tuber each food, and then fill the furrow back in over them. Estimated yield is over 1000 pounds of potatoes when all is said and done. There’s even strawberry plants on the farm that should be ready for harvest real soon.
The garlic is looking really nice, and we will be harvesting some of the garlic greens for CSA members this week. There is so much going on all the time on the farm and we are planting something almost every day. It is going to be a very productive year. Soon the farm stand will be up and running over on the TC3 campus for students and staff to be able to purchase great, healthy, local produce, and we are even going to offer local free range organic chicken eggs for sale there and at CSA pickup. The eggs are locally grown and are white, brown and even blue. If you don’t know what is happening on the farm everyday check out our website or maybe even stop in and take a look around, I guarantee you will not be disappointed in what you see. We are busy planting and cultivating every day and are all really looking forward to harvest time and getting this beautiful food out to the people. I am really excited to be a part of it. Stay tuned, because we have a lot more posts coming from students every week about different things happening on the farm. Wherever you are, grow something!