Farm Friday: Shop Til You Drop

One of our favorite things about early spring in camp is buying all the cool stuff  that will be a part of our summer.  In keeping with our Rainbow Garden theme, we have been searching the world for vegetable seeds and plants that are guaranteed to knock the socks off  campers and staff.  Frankly, we were surprised by the number of organic growers we were able to identify who have large assortments of non-GMO, heirloom vegetables across the entire ROY G BIV spectrum.  (If you don’t know what that means, look it up.)

This week, Ivy planted pink corn, and purple, blue, white, black, and yellow carrots.  We can’t wait for you to see our blue, white, black, and yellow strawberries!

Next week we will be putting in seeds that we harvested last year. Thanks to the hard work of our 2015 Sukkot helpers, we have a huge assortment of flower seeds to place in our beds.  Add those to the new colors and varieties that have just come in, and you can expect our floral statement upon entering camp to be even more spectacular than last year.

So far as educational program developments go, we are so pleased to have joined with the Center for Outdoor Ethics to develop curricula specific to Surprise Lake Camp.  Don Callahan of that organization will be joining us for an entire day in July to discuss, Leave No Trace, the Center’s national effort to protect woodlands, trails, habitats, and open lands that are critical to our ongoing initiatives to increase the wild bee and butterfly populations in and around camp.

We would like to say at this point that while we frequently make reference to our use of non-GMO plants and seeds, we are not totally opposed to genetically modified organisms.  Seeds that are engineered to withstand drought, produce greater yields, and are resistant to disease are our best hope for feeding the peoples of the world, especially as the effects of climate change become more apparent.  More on this in the future.

Finally, your farmers have made a number of significant modifications to the farm rules.  First and foremost, beginning this summer, Highlands Girls will not be permitted to participate in any farm activities before first demonstrating that they have class and savoir faire.  If you’re not sure what we’re alluding to, please contact any Highlands Girl.  (This is a hard and fast rule and there will be no exceptions.)

Until next week, Stay Dirty
Alan and Ivy

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