Monday, April 20, 2009

Starting the starts

Friday was a beautiful day. The ambient air temperature was just shy of perfect, the sun was beaming down from the azure sky.

Inside the greenhouse at Rippling Waters Organic Farm the temperature was a bit more like August in the deep south. With the sides of the high house still rolled down the temperatures were soaring somewhere between 90 and 100 degrees.

Chris - one of Pearson's Town's interns spent the afternoon with me at the Rippling Waters getting our crops started. We began with a handful of crops who would benefit from an early start in warmer climates and hand seed nearly 1300 individual cells in starter packs referred to as "98's". We planted tomatoes, peppers (a healthy number of hot peppers for Mike, Al, and Father Paul), greens, broccoli, and cabbages. Julee, the farm manager at R.W. proved a wonderful overseer and companion, as we discussed a bit about both of the farms (ours and theirs) and talked in depth about homesteading and hobby farming. It was the perfect way to close out the week!

Back on the farm (Pearsonstown) we have hired our full compliment of interns. It was a very tough process with so many capable applicants, but I have full confidence in the folks we have coming on board. This summer we are welcoming, Mike, Chris and Emily from Maine. Good rugged folks who know the area and are well adapted to the climate here. From away we welcome Sierra and Nat who will be joining us from the extreme southern end of New England (Okay, so they are from not-so-far away!)

We look forward to moving forward with construction and planting once everyone is on site.

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