Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 31st Harvest

Here is the dirt!

Harvest for the week of July 31st:
Green Beans!
Cut Flowers
Lettuce Mix
Greens: Kale, Chard, Pigweed
Onions, Sweet Spanish and Scallions
Garlic and Garlic Scapes
Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Mint, and More.
Zucchini and Yellow Squash
New Red Potatoes
Maybe: limited quantities of Cucumbers, Blueberries, Beets

Thanks Junior High Apprentices
This week we welcomed 5 Junior High Apprentices for an eventful week on the farm. The weather could not have been better. 70's and sunny during most days, cool at nights for sleeping, and enough rain to keep the dust down. We had two big projects and many little projects.

Donna led the students in a push to get the new coop ready for the chickens. They hung up the roosts, moved the nest boxes, and installed a little chicken-sized sliding door. Finally on Wednesday afternoon the coop was ready. So tonight after dark we snuck into the old coop and kidnapped the chickens one-by-one and brought them to the new coop. We will keep them locked in the new coop for a while to help them adjust their sense of where home is. There was just one problem. The guinea hens are very sensitive to changes in their environment, and all the removals and changes in the old coop has put them off of going in the coop at night. Monday and Tuesday nights the guineas were mostly in the tree behind the farmhouse and tonight there were no guineas at all in the coop. We will have to entice them into the old coop and then somehow transfer them to the new coop. It is very exciting to get the chickens into the new coop. Thanks to Donna and the students!

I led the students in the garlic harvest. We only harvested 10% of the garlic during the Garlic Festival, because it was mostly not ready. This week, with their help, we pulled and hung up about 3000 heads of garlic. Now the long barn is pungent with smell of curing garlic. Thanks to all!

Some of the other projects: sharpening tools, planting napa cabbage and late broccoli, weeding carrots and beets, trellising tomatoes, picking berries, watering gourds, and having a bunch of fun.

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