Last month when I was working on the farm update for the Enews, Stony Point Center had still not quite escaped the clutches of winter. As we move further into April, it finally feels like spring has sprung. The arrival of spring brings all kinds of exciting farm work.
The farm crew has been working hard in the fields and in the greenhouse to prepare for the growing season. In the greenhouse we’ve been seeding onions, lettuce, spinach, beets, cabbage, kale, chard, collard greens, parsley, and cilantro for spring planting. Many of these seedlings will find their home in the soil within the next two weeks so we can make room for the next round of seedlings which include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and basil. I almost can’t believe that we’re already getting ready to seed summer crops! In the field, we’ve been transporting compost from our “resource center” into the fields. It’s been too muddy to scoop up the compost with the tractor, so we’ve been shoveling by hand into the truck, and then shoveling it out. It takes a lot of energy, but we’ve got to take care of our soil. Adding compost to the fields helps replenish the nutrients that last year’s crops extracted from the soil. It also brings millions of beneficial microorganisms to the land, which adds to the soil’s overall health. Up to this point, we’ve only been using compost that was produced right here at Stony Point Center.
The most exciting development on the SPC Farm this spring has been the arrival of 10 young egg-laying hens that we purchased in late March. Why only 10, you ask? Well, the town of Stony Point has an ordinance that states that each property in the town can have up to 10 fowl. The town’s zoning board does grant variances that could allow us to raise more hens, but we’ve decided to start small to see how things go. Our 10 hens are really something to see. We purchased five different breeds from a nearby farmer in Otisville, New York. We have Barred Rock hens, Buff Orpingtons, Black Sex Links, Comets (a high-production hybrid), and Araucanas (which lay green eggs!). The ladies are about 20 weeks old and just beginning to lay. Right now, we’re collecting about two eggs per day, but before long, I expect we will be collecting closer to eight eggs each day which would give us about five dozen per week. We’re all very excited about the farm’s new livestock.
As we get closer to our first field plantings this season, our farm crew thought it would be a good idea to start the year off with a soil-blessing celebration for all the farmers and gardeners in our community. We’re inviting folks in our area to bring some of their garden soil to Stony Point Center for a ceremony hosted by the Community of Living Traditions and the Stony Point Center Farm where we will give thanks for the soil that provides all of us with nourishment, energy, and life. We’re expecting it to be a joyous occasion where we can connect with the Earth, each other, and the Spirit of God. The ceremony will take place at 4:00pm on April 27, so if you live nearby, we’d love for you to join us. Click here for more details about the event. Click here to RSVP.
Peace and Blessings,