News from the Farm – April 19th

Hi everyone! – 

I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful changes that are unfolding this spring – peepers, birds migrating in, trees blooming, courting animals.

Educational events at the farm

Earth Day Walk on the Farm
April 22nd 1-3pm at Boulder Knoll Community Farm

Come join other CSA members and friends for an afternoon of “Exploring Different Ecosystems and Habitats” at Boulder Knoll Friday, April 22. We will be walking around the perimeter of the farm and discovering ecosystem types and landscape features including: northern hardwood forest, wetlands, marsh, meadowland and more. Environmental educator Julia Meurice will be leading the walk.

Come prepared to adventure rain or shine! Wear closed shoes and long pants please. All are welcome but be aware that the 1.5 – 2 hour walk involves negotiating some uneven (maybe even squishy) ground. Look for parking near our little red tool shed and meet at the white hoop house.

Check the website boulderknollfarm.com/directions for directions to the farm.

Questions? Email Julia at educator@boulderknollfarm.com.

Input from members needed

In effort to schedule walks and workshops at convenient times for CSA members our environmental educator is soliciting your responses on what works best for you and your family.

Events for children and youth will most likely take place on Fridays and the weekends until the end of the school period and will include hands-on activities and learning games. Events for adults and families will take place weekends in the spring and mornings and afternoons during the week in the summer. These workshops will include local plant species and community ID, decomposition and soil topics, wild edible plant hunts and a few other topics.

Please select from the following time slots and let her know at educator@friendsofboulderknoll.com.

  • Wednesday or Friday mornings
  • Sunday mornings
  • Sunday afternoons
  • Tuesday afternoon/evenings
  • Saturday afternoons

Plantings

The greenhouse at my home is filling up with seedlings – Swiss chard, kale, scallions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, shallots, lettuce, escarole, tomatillos and flowers are all growing. The plants that can’t take the cold are in the basement under lights. Heat mats helped the eggplants and peppers germinate. I’ll soon be transplanting the tomatoes into the next sized pots. Everything is growing great!

We have planted peas, onions, parsnips, kale in the field. Carrots, beets, chard, potatoes, cilantro and dill are going in in the next few days. Next week we’ll start to plant the potatoes.

Work at the farm

Our 30 and 60 hour work-intensive crew has been fantastic. Growing beds have been prepared, shed repairs have been done, fence and corner posts have been erected, gates have been welded. Thanks so much for all the good energy and hard work.

We invite 12 hour shares to start signing up to work at the farm starting on Thursday during the following times this week

  • Thursday 10 – 4
  • Friday 10 – 4
  • Saturday 12 – 6
  • Sunday 10 – 1 or 2

Please email CSA member Annmarie Golioto at agolioto@srhs.org if you can work during any of these times. She will let me know you’re coming. Please be prepared for breezy, chilly weather. A hat and sturdy shoes are a must. Remember that anyone who is part of your share can work and the hours count toward your 12 hour commitment. Any amount of work time is helpful to the farm – a couple of hours can be plenty when muscles and backs and knees aren’t yet acclimated to gardening. Kids are welcome.

Our website

Please check the website boulderknollfarm.com periodically for farm calendar info, links, foodie stuff and new pics.

One last thought

Please keep farm neighbors Anne and Bob Giddings (our board president) in your thoughts. Anne was in a serious car accident several weeks ago and will have a very long recovery ahead of her. If you have met or worked with Anne, you know what her wonderful energy and positive spirit is like and how much she has contributed to our success. We hope that she will soon be able to come home to Bob and enjoy her beautiful spring garden.

See you at the farm – Hope you can join us for the Earth Day farm walk on Friday from 1-3!

Brenda

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.