Farm Friday: Big Doings at the SLC Farm

It’s been a busy week on the farm.  Warmer weather has allowed us to move many of our seedlings outside to “harden” against the wind and nighttime low temperatures.  Some of these flowers and vegetables will be going in the ground next week.

Our fruit trees have survived delivery and planting.  We’re looking forward to years of apples, peaches, plums, apricots, and figs.  It make take a season or two for the trees to get established and bear fruit, but farming requires a lot of patience. Ten bare-root Concord grape vines have been planted in two rows and are just starting to emerge from their winter dormancy.  The installation of the grape arbor should begin shortly.  We have also been laying out flowers beds that contain spring and summer bulbs of many varieties.  All of the above are intended to mature and flourish for decades.

Volunteer Day was a big success on the farm.  Parents and campers alike did amazing work on the vegetable garden which needed to be cleared of rocks before planting begins next week.  Bob Altabet (Alumnus and Board Member) was here setting up camp’s beehives.  We also have Becca Solomon (camp’s veggie/vegan chef) with us now and she and Ivy have been doing a fabulous job with the flower beds.  .

The SLC Farm annexes in Hollywood and East Brunswick have been sprouting a superstar crop of JAX which will, no doubt, be the hit of the 2015 season.  She, too, is expected to flourish for many years to come.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog which will have many new pictures.

Until then . . . stay dirty.

Alan

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