Thursday, April 9, 2009

The snow is all but gone

The wind was bitter today. It felt more like autumn than spring.
Happily, save a very small patch just outside of the main field, the snow is gone. This is one more sign that planting time is just around the corner. Once the fields are completely bare, our friend Richard from Rippling Waters Organic Farm is going to come and till over our fields. Rippling Waters has also very graciously volunteered to provide us with a number of plant starts to get the P.T. farm underway. Julie, an employee at R.W. has agreed to work with a couple of our interns to get those starts planted.
Some other updates at PTFP:
A Standish resident and friend, Bruce, has donated approximately 2 1/2 acres of good workable land on some historical farm land that has been previously tilled for our use. We will be adding this acreage to our plan to plant broccoli, onions, and winter squash for use in the autumn and winter at Saint Joseph's Bon Appétit Kitchen.
Our community volunteer "Kinder-Garden" coordinator Amy has been to the main property and started putting together the children's demonstration garden plan.
We have also spoken with Sue, a volunteer (and faculty member at Saint Joe's) who will be overseeing our "Square Foot Garden". She is going to be at the Farm next week to start designing the raised bed layout for that demonstration plot.

In the meantime Stuart, the General Manager for Bon Appétit at Saint Joseph's, has been talking with his beef provider at Little Alaska Farm in Wales, Maine about putting a few head of cattle on the Pearson's Town property to add a grass fed cattle element to our program.
We are very excited about the growth that is already happening here. Stay tuned for more developments. . .

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