Warmer Weather Is Upon Us

Spring is definitely here as work on the farm starts to pick up. We had some nice weather that allowed us to get some cleanup harvest from overwintered Brussels Sprouts, Spinach and Cilantro. These we set aside for the students. A beautiful harvest of colorful salad mix was cut, washed and bagged for the student chef’s on campus to use, along with some sweet potatoes from storage. Early in the week the sweet potatoes were sorted out to select potatoes that were suitable for “seed”. These were placed in the farm greenhouse to allow them to sprout in preparation to be planted. The greenhouse is perfect for this since they need a warm, moist environment for sprouting. Beds were prepared for carrots and lettuce mix out in the field by rolling a barrel full of water to make a nice even, flat seed bed for these tiny seeds. They need this nice bed for good soil contact to germinate and for our precision seeder to seed properly.

 

Sorting and weighing sweet potatoes

Sorting and weighing sweet potatoes

Washing colorful salad mix for the student chef's

Washing colorful salad mix for the student chef’s

Spinning the excess water from the washed salad mix

Spinning the excess water from the washed salad mix

Seeders waiting to go out to the field

Seeders waiting to go out to the field

Picking out carrots to plant

Picking out carrots to plant

Making a nice seed bed

Making a nice seed bed

Notice the difference in the bed that got rolled

Notice the difference in the bed that got rolled

Maria Massimiano

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