Farm Plans Underway for Seasonal Yields

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Farm plans underway for seasonal yields

Evidence of the autumnal equinox was evident everywhere at the CCCC Student Farm during a picture-perfect visit Monday afternoon: The abundant assortment of melons in the hoop house (see photos herein) have now been harvested in preparation for the winter planting season just two weeks away, according to Farm Manager Hillary Heckler. Besides this news flash-point, Ms. Heckler generally outlined the planting scheme for fall and winter on the farm.

Transplants in the green house are almost ready and will be placed into the ground at various sites depending upon the heartiness of the plants. Red Ursa Kale, for example, is a hearty plant that will be placed outdoors while multi-colored Swiss chard will be grown in a hoop house and the white chard will stay outdoors since it adapts to colder weather conditions, Heckler explained. Other fall/winter crops she described as pending for planting are broccoli, leafy greens, including collards, carrots, and garlic, to name a few. She also pointed out that some cucumber and tomato plants will be grafted for testing that’s being carried out by CCCC Sustainable Farming Coordinator Robin Kohanowich.

As the summer season recedes, glorious harvests are still underway. Another news flash-point:  Abundant basil is ready for tasty meals, and delightful, colorful flowers, like marigolds and nasturtium are just great for gorgeous ornamental displays. Plus, in the days ahead, a variety of sweet potatoes and squash will be ready for customers.

While these healthy items are a delight for members of the Student Farm’s CSA, the Russian Mammoth Sunflowers are designated for special use this year. According to Heckler, most of them will be harvested to produce biofuel for the farm’s machinery–another wonderful flash-point for sustainability.

Joan Halgren

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