Our farm crew started work today: Astrid, Ben, Megan and Stephanie. Enthusiastic, energetic, curious and committed — we’ve got a great group of new farmers and the season is off to a terrific start.
In the morning, our apprentices and I seeded out first succession of tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Ben learned to water the greenhouse seedlings. In the afternoon Ben and Megan learned about the Planet Junior push seeder that we use to plant seeds directly into the field, and then they planted 6 beds of sugar snap peas, two beds of shelling peas, two beds of snow peas and two beds of fava beans. Astrid and Stephanie set up hardening off benches for the seedlings we plan to transplant later this week. Then they moved dozens of seedlings from the greenhouse to the benches: spinach, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, scallions, leeks and onions.
As you would expect on the first day of a farm apprenticeship, there was much talking: Farm history, rules, procedures, tips, where the first aid kits are kept and where we eat lunch. We began to talk about why we farm (most of us are motivated by the love of meaningful work, and of course, good food). More talking and working and getting oriented to the farm and the work is planned for this first orientation week.
Welcome Astrid, Ben, Megan and Stephanie!