RainOnLettuceWhenever I sit down to write an E-news update, I always read through the previous month’s entry just to make sure I’m not going to tell a story or write something about the farm that has already been published. This time, when I read through our last update, I was amazed at how long ago everything I wrote about feels, even though it only been about six weeks!

In April, we were excited about our first spinach harvest, working hard to prepare fields for planting, and wondering why it wasn’t raining. As I’m writing today in early June, the spring spinach harvest is over, the fields are almost completely planted, and I’m anticipating an evening thunderstorm as I gaze out of my window. It’s been a busy six weeks that has seen our crew working hard to plant familiar crops like lettuce, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers as well as new ones like sweet potatoes, watermelons, and cantaloupe.

SI2015HillingPotatoesLast week our Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit Summer Institute students arrived at Stony Point Center. This year’s group consists of four young women who have travelled from far and wide to work with us in the field and study the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths. During their first week they planted in the fields, learned about edible weeds growing in our onion field, hauled loads of rocks out of our tomato field, and tasted a few ripe strawberries picked fresh from our Hugelkultur bed. I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of this program and I’m looking forward to continuing to share our work with these temporary members of our community.

See you in the gardens,
Will