News from the Farm – Week of October 26, 2009

Garlic!
We’ll do a garlic planting on Sunday 11/1 at 1 pm. This is something kids could help with. We’ll need to clean out the beds before we plant.

Work needs
I’m working on preparing new beds for next year (including flower, raspberry and strawberry beds), weeding and composting this year’s beds, spreading leaf mulch, laying path material, pulling dead plants and trellises, putting row cover on winter greens. Please let me know if you can help at any time. I’d really like to get most everything done by Thanksgiving. Ha! Famous last words.

Gleaning
There’s still some food in the field. If you would like herbs, kale, collards, chard, komatsuna, tatsoi, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, green beans, you may harvest this food for yourself any time you want. This is one of the benefits of your membership in our CSA.

Soup kitchen donations
We continue to harvest for soup kitchens in Meriden and Waterbury. Their pick ups are on Thursdays. Thanks to members of Temple Kol Ami who are doing the pick ups and driving for these donations.

Wanted!
Leaves You can bring bags of leaves to improve our soil. Please put them directly into the garden inside the side gate near the road or the end gate near the herb garden. You can dump them out of the bags so you can use the bags again if you want.

Cardboard
If you have some large pieces of cardboard, please put them in the hoop house. They are REALLY useful for paths.

Congratulations

  • To Kim Stoner, President of the Friends of Boulder Knoll, who has won the Conservation Partner of the Year award from the Southwest CT Soil Conservation Service. They cited her tenacious work to get an agricultural operation going on the Boulder Knoll property as one of the endeavors worthy of this award.
  • To CSA members James McGrath and Kathryn Frund for being selected for the Board of Directors of Friends of Boulder Knoll. Thanks to both of you for volunteering for our community. Thanks to the existing Board members, and to Dan Groberg, who have done so much to support and promote the farm.

Recap of the produce we gave out this year.
See the attached spreadsheet. Not too bad for the first year with no tomatoes and minimal eggplant and peppers. Keep your eyes peeled for a survey about this year – pick up times, produce you wish for, work experience, communication, etc.

Thanks for all your positive support!
Brenda

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