What’s Happening on the farm…?
This weekend the farm has been busy entertaining goers of the 23rd annual Piedmont Farm Tour. The tour started Saturday and runs through today: Sunday April 29th (You still have time to come by and see us. 2-6pm!!) $10 per car per farm
To be a farmer is time consuming and as much as farmers want to open their farms and allow people to immerse themselves sometimes it takes away time that the farmer could be farming. From my experience though, as much time as a farmer may lose from sitting down and talking to someone about their farm they would never turn away someone interested in farming. The farm tour sets aside that time and allows farmers to open their farms up for all the questions and visitors for a specified time.
CCCC’s student farm, known in the past as the Land Lab allows student farmers the space to apply what they are learning in the classroom. For example: classes such as crop production and advanced crop production give students the ability to understand the growing process from seeds to harvest, greenhouse design students work on high tunnel maintenance and the propagation house, and the agricultural marketing class does the blogs, and marketing for the Student Farm/ CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that supports 30 families. By the end of the program you have done everything it takes to operate a farm.
The student farm also operates on student interest. If you come in wanting to learn more about a specific technique they give you the opportunity to use the student farm as a place to “experiment” on. Eric Knight, first year student took an interest in orchards and has spent the past semester helping in the student Orchid (you should go see it, it’s a work in progress) Blueberries were planted with the Special Topics class in the Fall!
James, the Student Farm manager and former student will be around the farm to answer any questions you have. He is a walking book of information about all things farm related.
Top photo: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Farm Tour Booklet 2018
Middle photo: Organic strawberries on black plastic. Planted last Fall (Fun Fact- The Student Farm is Organic)
Last Photo: Cover crop: Crimson Clover, located in front of Hoop House South. The clover naturally helps elevate nitrogen levels
**All photos taken by me… Victoria Edwards-Cotten, 1st year student farmer