The end of warm weather always feels a bit bleak on a farm. As harvest season winds down and the plants you’ve so lovingly tended to all summer die back, what more is there to do but wait drearily for Spring?
Plenty! Here at Eastie Farm, colder weather means the arrival of our much-anticipated greenhouse. We spent some time last Saturday rearranging the raised beds to make make space for this structure.
We have also been planting our cold season crops, which, despite being put in the soil a little late this year, will hopefully give us some hardy greens before winter. While planting garlic in preparation for next summer’s annual Garlic Festival, volunteers were surprised to find some garlic and spring onions yet to be harvested from this past season.
Additionally, we harvested the ears from our incredibly tall El Salvadorian corn, which turned out to be much taller than it was productive. There were only a handful of ears to taste, but that said, those few were certainly delicious! We made sure to save some seeds for planting next spring.
There’s still work to be done before winter, so come on by to see what we’re up to! Despite cold temperatures, work parties will be held for the next few Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Please reach out via Facebook or email to be added to the volunteer list. Hope to see you at the farm!
Like someone who is leaving a party half-heartedly, winter is taking its time with a long good-bye. So we were lucky to have a nice warm day today to keep things moving at the farm: more cold-weather crop seeds in the ground, more organizing the space for easier access, protecting the young Persimmon and Asian Pear trees, sheet-mulching in spaces that were eroded, and planning, and chatting.
A cute little neighbor came by with his grandma to say Hello, and provided a report on his first visit to the barber shop. He is the same age as our young farm, and we can’ t believe he’s ready to go to day-care.