Hello from the farm!

By Sandy Schenck

Life is busily underway here at the GRP farm.  Spring time chores are slowly being checked off the list; mulching fruit trees, planting a new blueberry grove, starting new seedlings. 

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Earlier this month we got the hoop house covered and back in business and now it is brimming with baby seedlings! 


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The spring veggie starts have already gone out into the field and all our summer starts are doing a good job of popping up their little heads in the warm hoop house. 


 


Potatoes have also been planted and just in the last week we have started to see leaves above the soil. 


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Carrots, beets, radishes, and turnips were direct seeded a couple weeks ago and have sprouted and already had their first thinning. 


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We are anxiously anticipating the arrival of a new colony of bees later this week and think they will do a great job ensuring we have plenty of plump delicious blueberries to enjoy.  Though our native pollinators are already doing a good job.


 


Five new chickens moved to the farm yesterday and are already making themselves at home.  They are a mixed flock and will be giving us brown, blue, and green eggs! 


 


The rain has been making it a challenge to get everything done we need done in a timely fashion but yesterday it was finally dry enough to plow the farm field again in preparation for planting out those summer seedlings.  With the help of Steve, Anne, and Phen we now have beets, lettuce, and strawberries at the camp field.


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The soil in this field is constantly yielding treasures and artifacts of all kinds.  Sandy tells us that the arrowhead with the serrated edges is the oldest of them all and dates to somewhere around 7,000 BC!  Amazing. 


 


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The woods surrounding us have also begun to offer up spring time wonders, the trilliums are blooming everywhere and we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the lady slipper orchids any day now…


 


 


So until next time we hope everyone is having as beautiful a day as we are!!!


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