This week on CCCC’s student farm!
James (right), the new farm manager, gathers the students around the shed to assign tasks.
Cheryl, advance crop production professor, Jenn and Maria (not pictured), go in the greenhouse to re-sow chard and kohlrabi due to poor germination.
Maria fills the flats with our potting soil mixture.
Jenn carefully seeds the flats with Chard and Kohlrabi.
The flats are then covered with vermiculite to ensure germination.
The other students are digging up the soil in block 3. After they are done, we can run the BCS through the beds to prepare for the Spring. A BCS is a walk behind tractor used in small scale farming.
Note that the students are all bundled up. A big snow storm is on the way. It’s not necessarily important to prepare the beds before a big snow storm. It is important that we build the beds before the soil is too wet. Typically, you want to till your beds 30 days before planting to suppress the weeds. Since the students are here to help, we took advantage of the day.
We found out that gloves are necessary for this job.
Alex runs the BCS through the beds for finer definition.
The Sugar Snap peas are covered with row cover due to the snow storm on the way.
The hoop house greens are also covered with row cover. Salad mix, kale, onion and leek shoots.
In the other hoop house, the mustards are showing great germination. The Advance crop production class direct seeded this hoop house about 2-3 weeks ago.
The chickens were rotated last week and seem to be very happy with their new pallet.
Essential course materials.
Advance Crop production thinned these bad boys out last week. We are having great germination. Featuring cabbage.
Oh, it’s 12:20? Time to go to lunch..