p1060058Greetings from the SPC gardens!

So much has happened over the last few weeks that I almost don’t know where to begin.
Since arriving at SPC, I have observed deer on the property at all hours of the day on the fringes of the campus, foraging for food among the brush. Putting up sturdy fences tall enough to discourage these leaping creatures from entering our gardens has been a priority since the last snow melted. Gathering fencing materials began with a trip to Cascade Farms in Putnam County where David Frost, our farm project’s advisor, and I harvested several locust trees from the woods to use as fences posts. After cutting the trees into posts and delivering them to SPC, the fencing commenced. Thanks to the work of several SPC resident volunteers, staff, and a few one-time volunteers including my father-in-law, three of the four fences we will be putting up this season are complete.

p1060046With secure fences and freshly-tilled soil (thanks again to David Frost for lending us his tiller), planting could begin. On Wednesday May 15, SPC staff, volunteers, and friends gathered for a ceremony to commemorate the season’s first planting in the newly-expanded Cornerstone Garden. Miriam Rubin, Rabia Harris, and Amy Dalton led us in an interfaith celebration and blessing that captured the essence of SPC’s spirit of community, gratitude, and intent to honor the land, its living creatures, and its people. After the ceremony, we worked together in the garden, planting spinach, lettuce, and Swiss chard that will feed us in the weeks and months to come.

Planting will continue in the upcoming weeks as crops like kale, cabbage, broccoli, onions, and cut flowers are transferred from greenhouse seeding trays to the soils of our gardens. They will be followed by warm-weather crops like cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers and root crops such as carrots, beets, and radishes.

After an extremely dry April, we are extremely grateful for the rain that has come just in time to nourish our young plants in the garden. As spring becomes summer at SPC, we remain faithful that we will be blessed with a bountiful harvest that we can share with our guests and visitors. We hope you will be among those who share in the bounty our land and labor will provide.

Peace and blessings,