Archive for the ‘Spring 2011’ Category

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 ...

“Knee High by the 4th of July”

When asked if I thought we’d have corn that was “Knee high by the 4th of July,” I smiled to myself and set a quiet goal to do just that.  I am happy to share with you that the 4th saw our corn at the height of my knee and it has now grown to ...

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 ...

Harvesting and Planting Together

  It’s the time of year when we start to harvest more varieties of veggies, like beets, and start to see the signs of other bounty to come.   On Friday, June 10, Brian and I started the day by harvesting over 40 pounds of Early Wonder red beets…   …Lacinato Kale, Red Russian Kale, ...

Sweet Corn, Snap Peas, & Cabbage, Oh My!

This is an amazing time of year at farms in our region. The fields are filling up with seedlings of all shapes and sizes thanks to the hard work our farm staff, Michelle and Brian, and our growing community of volunteers at Stonehill.  We are also lucky to have the help of our friends at ...

Busy Bees Help Us Grow The Farm

  It is hard to remember that just a week ago we hadn’t seen the sun in days and the heat of summer seemed like nothing but wishful thinking.   As the sun returned last week, we were happy to receive help from members of our community including Paul Daponte, Father Pinto, Lyn Feeney, Joe Miller, ...

Lettuce (Let Us) Plant and Harvest

  The farm is growing in leaps and bounds thanks to help from our community at Stonehill College.  Before the rain of last week Seniors Sarah Bolasevich and Janine DiLorenzo joined me in the fields to plant out red cabbage.  Their help and company provided the ingredients for a fun and productive afternoon.   That ...

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 ...

The Most Beautiful Greenhouse

In under two weeks the greenhouse is up and running! Chuck and I stand in front of the completed greenhouse!     On May 2, 2011 we completed the greenhouse with help from 4 of Facilities Management’s finest: Paul, Bob, Tim and Shamus.   We rolled out the plastic, hoisted it over the frame and ...

Blessing of The Fields

  The Blessing of the Fields, led by Stonehill College President and Reverend Marc Cregan, included music performed by a student choir, a reading from the Gospel of Marc, poetry by Robert Frost and Mary Oliver, and a history of the all important shovel. The shovel, which is already an essential tool at the farm ...