Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

The Fall: Blessings, Visitors and Projects Abound

It has been a productive and delicious fall at The Farm!  Thanks to a crew of dedicated volunteers and students studying Sustainable Agriculture and Permaculture our farm is far from sleepy. Though we do not have as many active projects out in the fields these days, Devin and I can often be found checking on ...

Guest Post! — Permaculture: Why Mow When You Can Grow?

Why Mow When You Can Grow?  By: Christine Moodie (Class of 2015) Summer Farmers relax in the new Permaculture test plot located at The Farm. While the summer harvest is providing us with a bounty of fresh produce for our community partners, a team of students and faculty are actively performing research to create permaculture ...

Productive Plants Weather New England’s Heat and Rain

I never cease to be amazed, enthralled, and at times worried by weather patterns that visit us here in New England during the busy growing season.  Farmers in our region typically say that hot, dry weather is much more desirable than cool, wet conditions.  This is because we can usually get water to the crops ...

The Herb Spiral Is In!

Today we constructed the herb spiral in our meditation garden at the farm.  This has been something that I have been wanting to build and plant for years, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to spend the day with stones, gravel, sand, compost, and a good helper: student and farmer Greg (Class ...

The Magic of Farming in the Spring

After our brief waltz with summer temperatures, the more seasonal cool nights and blustery, sunny days of early spring have returned. The seedlings in the greenhouse are holding up well despite the colder temperatures.  Every evening, if it looks like the temperatures will dip into the 30’s, we cover up the seedlings with a thin ...

Frosty Fields Are Prepped for Winter

The past few morning at The Farm, I arrive to find that the fields are all dressed up in a sparkling and frosty coat. This cooler weather brings with it a flurry of activity! ~~~ We have been harvesting the last crops, which include parsnips, kohlrabi, and cabbage. ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ We work together to ...

Symmetry of the Seasons

Symmetry of the Seasons Spring. We plant lettuce seedlings under lights, and when we think the time is right, we move them in the thawing earth, and hope they will survive late frost. Much tougher than their small leaves suggest, They take root and grow in sun and in rain. Summer. We harvest; Not just ...

Early Summer Bounty: Roots, Leaves, Petals, & Fruits for The Table

With the help of healthy soils, mild spring weather, and a growing crew of energetic volunteers, our crops are thriving and a diversifying harvest continues to come out of the field.       Each week we are collecting more kinds of roots…     leaves…     petals…     and fruits…   from ...

Witnessing Spring

To be a farmer in the spring is to be presented with an endless list of projects and the opportunity to witness countless  moments of beauty.     Passing thundershowers duel with gusty breezes and warm sun rays. The seedlings respond to all of these cues and grow.     Sun rays warm the fields ...