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Stories from the farm: Preparing the Farm for Next Planting Season

Here are a few updates from Jim about what happens on the Farm after fall harvest.

 September: Cover crops go in to help build the soil during the winter. A mix of rye grain and vetch are planted. They will grow to little sprouts throughout the winter and then on the first warm days of spring, they start quickly growing.  They will eventually (late spring) be worked back into the soil and the organic matter and nitrogen they produce will be in the soil, available for the summer’s crops.

 October: The first weekend is marked by a Harvest Festival, which includes Farm tours on a wagon, scarecrow making, and lots of pumpkins. Harvesting is done and the pumpkin patch is in full swing for people to pick their own.

Starting in November, Jim buttons up last bits of weeding, and starts pruning the blueberry, raspberry and kiwi bushes. This will continue throughout most of the winter, as weather permits. Rains and snow come, and it’s a quiet(er) time on the Farm as the land rests and gears up for another planting season.

 


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