The Farmers in Training have been hard at work for the past month and a half cleaning out the beds from last year, loosening the soil, replenishing nutrients with amendments and transplanting this season’s crops.
Above: Chris clearing the bed of old, over-wintered brassica stalks
Caitlin loosens the soil and old plant matter with a broad fork and Susan follows after pulling out old stalks.
Using the broad fork instead of tilling protects our soil. The broad fork gently creates space for air and water to permeate the beds without destroying the delicate soil structure we’ve spent years building.
Old stalks! They will go into the compost pile now….
Susan and Scott work together to plant the baby broccoli. Sus digs the holes with the correct spacing and Scott plops each little plant in its hole and “tucks it in” - presses the dirt around its roots.
Above: The Upper Field. The white stripes are beds covered in Remay - which protects the small plants from any frosty nights and keeps root maggots away from our root veggies like turnips and radishes.