Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 4-13-10

Do to a lack of imagination, this posting will recap the activities we’ve done over the last several weeks… 

First, the potato planting party is on for Sunday, weather permitting.  We will be planting potatoes from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm unless we finish early.  Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  When you arrive, please park by the yellow building and walk down the drive all the way to the very end of the property.  This should be a fun event for all and a great way to learn from where your food comes.  And remember that food tastes better when you work for it.

Second, let me mention that there is a great documentary film on PBS later this month: Food, Inc.  Here is a brief synopsis: 

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli — the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

It will be on TPT channel 2.1 on Wednesday April 21 at 8:00 pm, Thursday April 22 at 2:00 am and Sunday April 25 at 11:00 pm. 

Now on with the rest of the newsletter. 

[Editor’s Note: This Newsletter was initially written prior to today’s rain.  In fact, events mentioned in the newsletter may have caused the rain.] 

Let the irrigation begin!  Yep.  We’ve already had to start irrigating.  This has been a very dry spring so far.  In some ways that is good since it allows us a lot of time to get into the field and get plants planted.  On the negative side, we have to get water to the plants.  To do this we lay down drip tape.  Drip tape is a thin plastic tube with holes every foot that drips water on the plants.  It is a very efficient way to water since all the water gets to the ground and isn’t blown away as it would with overhead irrigation.  It only puts water where the tape is and we only put tape where the plants are so through the transitive property of irrigation, water goes only where the plants are.  Who knew there was a transitive property of irrigation? 

Out in the field we have broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions and shallots transplanted and snap peas, snow peas, carrots, beets and Swiss chard direct seeded – oh and the garlic we planted last fall.  The broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts all survived the 24 degree weather we had last week, but they look a little rough.  The peas are just starting to stick their heads out of the ground.  We are still patiently waiting for the beets, carrots and chard. 

In the greenhouse we have a whole lot more.  Sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, kohlrabi, lettuce, cauliflower, leeks, bok choi, more broccoli, more onions, more cabbage, chives, garlic chives, celery, parsley and kale.  A cornucopia of vegetables.  This week we add tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, fennel, basil (wow, must be Mediterranean week at the farm!) and tomatillos to the greenhouse food festival.  I’m getting hungry just writtin’ about it. 

That pretty much sums up the activities.  Planting and transplanting, though we did hoe the broccoli and cabbage prior to putting down the drip tape.

1 comment to Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 4-13-10

  • librarianm0m

    I took my two boys to see Food, Inc., when it was in the theater. They were almost 7 and 10 at the time. After seeing the movie, they decided they didn’t want to eat fast food ever again. Since then, they have held to that decision (okay, they did lapse and eat Arby’s a couple of times). But NO McDonald’s, no Burger King, no Wendy’s… And more importantly, no nagging about going to those places. They’re just not interested because they learned that the food is of poor quality and not good for them.

    See you on Potato Day!