tomatoes july2014Greetings from the warm and sunny Stony Point Center Farm! Here we are in the middle of summer, and, as expected, the farm is buzzing with activity. Just like the bees that are making their way from flower to flower in our gardens, the farm crew has been zigzagging across campus from field to field to harvest and tend to all of our crops. This is the time of year when we literally see all of the work we began in the spring come to fruition. Lettuce, kales, collard greens, chard, cabbage, summer squash, cucumbers, beans, beets, and carrots are among the crops we’ve been harvesting this month. The onions and potatoes are looking great in the fields and we’re expecting to harvest some of them in the upcoming weeks, too. And yes, the first of our tomatoes are beginning to ripen! We probably harvested five or six ripe, red tomatoes last week, so I expect that by early August we’ll be delivering them to the kitchen by the bushel! The peppers and eggplants won’t be too far behind.

I’m always amazed at how quickly the time seems to pass in the summer. It seems like only yesterday that I was meeting our Summer Institute participants for the first time, learning each of their names as we were transplanting hot peppers in the greenhouse during the first week of June. All of a sudden, I’m prepping berry fieldpreparing to say goodbye to them now and marveling at how much the peppers have grown in the greenhouse, anticipating their harvest as I’ve seen the flowers on the plants transform into little green fruits. I detect growth in the Summer Institute participants as well based on our conversations with them during our work together in the fields and in how they converse and interact with each other. Observing and nurturing the growth of living things, whether it be plants in a greenhouse or young people finding their way in the world, is truly a blessing.

So now our attention will begin to turn toward preparing for autumn. We’ll be finishing construction on our last hoop house so it’s ready for fall planting and for seeding fall and winter greens, brassicas, and root crops. We’re thrilled about the harvest we’ve been blessed with so far this season and are hopeful that it will continue throughout the rest of the year. Come share in the bounty with us!

-Will

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