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Deep roots in a new age
What’s been going on around the farm, and what other new ideas you might want to know about? This week has been going great after this last dry spell. We just received just the right amount of rain, mixed in with some warm days and cool nights make for the perfect fall start.
Here are some cool things that have been going on around the farm recently; I heard that Hilary was able to get some her hands on some Congo leaf okra seeds which had been brought back from a student on his last visit back from the Congo’s , Good stuff.
Also, I checked out some information on the Congo leaf okra and found out that it was from the North-west of Africa, which had been brought over via slave trade, and has been the best thing to make great and hearty meals since. Okra or AKA Gumbo the other name it was called having a Nigerian/ Caribbean origin. The okra has a special thickening agent and for its great stew like substance, which has a little goo in it until you add a bit of acidic/lemon juice to change the taste and texture.
In the hoop house our bush beans needed to be covered due to a little rabbit friend that worn out his welcome. There were also cover crops planted on the sides and in the hoop house too.
Amaranth is rice like substance that is hearty and packed with many types of nutrients. There are various varieties like white grain, hot Biscuits, opopeo, and green tails. The amaranth has to be like hit or beaten out to get its rice like substance.
We are Still are planting fall and over wintering crops on the farm until the first frost.
Also, we have had some great Transplants taking off like broccoli, squash, cabbage, beats, and some roma tomatoes’. The tomato transplants will be useful for learning different grafting techniques for Robin kohanowich’s plant propagation class, in her new grafting project. I will be looking forward to hearing the end results.
We are also using Mammoth, Sunflowers to be extracted for the great oil, and learning how to use our new seed press. The mammoth sunflower plant produces about 15% pure oil, which is a lofty percentage compared to many other plants and seeds. So if all goes well our bush beans will be a good harvest around thanksgiving time.