9/13 All Farm Things

With the first day of fall just around the corner, fields are getting prepped for a new fall planting! Hurricane Irma sent some additional rain our way (but fortunately not much else), so everyone is drying out and moving on with production. Look forward to lettuces, brassicas, fennel, carrots, radishes, turnips, rutabaga– and so much more! collards tomatoes.jpgPictured are collards and tomatoes hardening off outside of the greenhouse before planting (to avoid transplant shock). 

It may be too early to bring out your sweaters! We had a week of cooler temps, but it seems like the 80’s are coming back (gratefully, sans sweatbands and leotards). So while you may not want to pack away your shorts and T’s yet, the appearance of pumpkins in this weeks CSA remind us that it will soon be time to get ready for costumes, candy, and delicious new recipes. But for now, continue exploring trying new things with peppers and eggplant! Or slice ’em and roast ’em again and again. Simple can be sweet.

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Indoors, in the Sustainable Ag classroom, students continued learning about the principles of propagating by cuttings– considering such things as the time of year it is, the health of the plant, and the ideal growth stage.

In the selected topics course, class has been reviewing all things trees– from IDing, to creating agroecosystems, to learning the importance of urban forestry. Guest speakers Tony Mayer, Ben Bergmann, and Barbara Fair shared their expertise and love of trees. There is now less mystery about what is an odd bipinnately compound leaf structure– another Jeopardy question solved.

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Here on the Student Farm …..

There are some interesting things going on around here on the student farm,for sure. And  it sure is quiet around here since the Roosters have been gathered and taken to be processed.

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In the Hoop House South on the farm Bing Cherry Tomatoes and Peace Vines tomatoes are going to be transplanted from the Solar Green Hose. The Reason for the smaller tomatoes is a quicker turnover for late summer.  Also growing in the North Hoop House, for the first time is Ginger and Tumeric. That is exciting. The Ginger has been harvested today and ready for the CSA boxes and Tumeric will be ready near Thanksgiving.unnamed

Pumpkins are also ready. They have been curing in the Solar Green House. The Pumpkins will be going in the CSA along with the Ginger this week. Mmmmm I can smell the Puunnamedmpkin Pie already!!!  From Cherie, Agricultural Marketing …….

Out With Summer Favorites, In With Fall Seedlings

This week, enjoy some of the season’s last week of summer favorites as we move towards planning and planting fall crops.

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Here is what you will find in your CSA box this week:

Okra

Assorted eggplant

Sweet peppers

Purslane

Shishitos

Sweet potato greens

Holy basil

Parsley

Pinto Gold potatoes

Red Ichilleum garlic

Gladstone onions

Please note that red shishito peppers can take on a spicy, hot taste unlike the green version of the pepper.

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The Gladstone onions should also be consumed soon to preserve desired freshness.

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Boxes are ready for pickup

We begin the 3rd season with remnants of summer, place holding for the anticipated Fall Brassica bunches. The boxes include 14 items, all for your enjoyment and well being.

Please note: Yellow Cipollini (Chip-oh-lee-nee), meaning “little onions” are not great storage onions and will not keep for long. Johnny’s Selected Seeds recommends roasting these tiny treasures whole, in butter or oil.

Here is a list of the CSA produce:

Bananas

Holy Basil

Beets

Carrots

Eggplant

German Stiffneck Garlic

Hungarian wax peppers

Jalapeños

Okra

Parsley (flat leaf or curly)

Potatoes (huckleberry)

Red chilies

Sweet peppers

Yellow Cipollini Onions

Our last summer CSA…

This week will be the final summer CSA. The fall CSA will begin again after a 3-week hiatus. Thank you for all of your support during our summer  growing season!

This week you will find the following items in the CSA box:

Sweet potato greens

Early jalapeños

Red chiles

Banana peppers

Hungarian wax peppers

Basil

Parsley

Cabbage

Mixed new potatoes

Sweet peppers

Carrots

Beets

Talon onions

German Stiffneck Garlic

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Look what is coming this Fall to CCCC Sustainable Farming!

Non-credit options for courses that can help increase your skills and understanding of topics integral to a successful farming business.

Call 919-545-8044 or 919-718-7500 to register or register online at http://www.cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes/

Look under “Agriculture and Natural Resources” for:

Tractors and Farm Machinery C-3160

Practical, hands-on course focused on farm machinery and agricultural equipment. Topics include selection and operation of tractors & implements, fencing, hand-tools and irrigation systems appropriate for a small-scale diversified farm. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the basic principles of equipment operation and management. Andrew McMahan, Thursday, 8/17/17 to 12/13/17, 9am-12:40. $175.55

Organic Crop Production C-3161

This course will present the fundamentals of organic vegetable growing and offer hands-on training in the most important skills involved. Grow, harvest, and utilize a variety of vegetables organically, learn about irrigation installation and season extension structures. Focus is on Fall crops, for planting and for harvest. Cheryl McNeill, Monday, 8/21/17 to 12/11/17, 9am-12:40. $175.55

From Seed to Plant C-3162

Practical, hands-on course focused on the techniques and environment for successful plant propagation. Emphasis is placed on seed propagation and other propagation techniques including: grafting, stem and root propagation, micro-propagation. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully propagate useful plants for farm and orchard. Robin Kohanowich, Tuesday, 8/22/17 to 12/12/17, 8:30am to 12:20. $175.55

To Register call 919-545-8044 or 919-718-7500. Space is limited, call soon!

What’s in the box this week?

We are down to the last 2 weeks of the summer CSA , that means August 2nd is the date of the season’s last box. You may have already picked up your box and have wondered what some of the contents are. Here’s what we packed for you to enjoy.

Beets

Cabbage

Carrots

Cherry tomatoes for snacking

Garlic

Mixed new potatoes

Okra

Parsley; curled or flat leaf

Rossi di Milano Onions

Sacred basil

Shishitos

Sweet peppers

Sweet peppers

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Sweet potato greens

Tomatoes for slicing

And if you’re wondering what to do with those greens? Here is a link to an interesting stew using lots of summer vegetables and those sweet potato greens.