Late Summer Season

Welcome back to school everybody! We are so happy to have students back on campus.

These past couple weeks have been full of new and old friends coming down to the garden to see all the progress that was made over the summer. We have started our late season crop succession, planting arugula, turnips, radishes, and lettuce out in old onion bed. The onion bed was cleared of food then covered with opaque plastic for a couple weeks to keep the soil warm and block and sun that would allow weeds to grow. We had a group of volunteers help to uncover these beds, and prep them again for more food by putting more compost in and raking the beds flat. Then, it was ready for late season planting! Arugula, turnips, radishes, and lettuce like the cooler weather, and are really enjoying the foggy mornings we have been having. We planted kale, kohlrabi, swiss chard, and beet starts in the old onion plot as well, which are also end-of-summer plants.

For the rest of the farm, we are beginning the final harvest. The tomatoes are coming in strong, but as the weather continues to get cooler we will have smaller and smaller harvests. We are also in the prime of squash harvesting, looking forward to more butternuts and acorn squashes to come!

In other farm news, the orchard is well on its way. Thanks to many volunteers we were able to plot out the locations of all the trees and berry bushes, dig their holes and rows, and plant them all. The upper field is now covered in fruit trees and bushes, ready to rest over winter then come back strong next summer. With the planting of the orchard comes the final component of the Permaculture Site - the orchard ties together the whole site. The trees and bushes were placed in the upper field very intentionally according to permaculture principles. Rain water will travel down the slope and through the roots of the orchard, which will filter out any contaminants, before it goes into the veggie production plots at the base of the slope. These trees will hold the soil in place in the field and also provide a natural filtration system, allowing us to fully utilize the landscape to grow healthy food.

If you are interested in getting involved with the permaculture site, there are numerous opportunities! We have open garden hours on Monday from 1:00-4:00. Harvest will be happening every Wednesday 8:00-noon, so join in if you would like to learn the process of harvesting, washing, and packing food for our campus. Outdoor Volunteer Efforts also has service days Thursday and Friday from 3:00-5:00, sign ups are outside the MOVE office. This is especially helpful if you have not been down to the site yet and want to join in with a group of volunteers! On Wednesdays in September we will also be having Salad Days, where we provide free salad, homemade butter, and fresh bread down in the garden at 11:30 (Bring your own bowl). If you are interested in buying food, we have our Farm Stand outside Alliot every Thursday 11:00-1:00, and a self-serve Farm Stand on the Center for Women and Gender porch every day. 


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