Plant Seeds. Sing Songs.

By Sandy Schenck

Spring is coming! Driving down Green River Road, you can see daffodils and green blades of grass popping up. The dogwoods are blossoming and the river is roaring from spring rains. It is the beginning of the transition from the snowy, brown winter to the lively, vibrant spring landscape. It’s absolutely lovely!grpfarm

Here at GRP, the season transition has got me thinking about one thing – planting the farm with loads of delicious goodies for the upcoming summer! I am thinking… strawberries, raspberries, carrots, broccoli, summer and winter squash, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, spinach, sunflowers, onions, corn, asparagus, beets, potatoes, peppers… YUM! YUM! YUM! Things that will grow up and down and sideways to make secret paths and trellises, and more fruit trees and just veggies galore! It is going to be fabulous!

But… I will definitely need everyone’s help when they get to camp. In addition to directly seeding veggies in the garden, we have built a hoop house to help start seedlings for the summer. The hoop house enables us to succession plant throughout the season (this means more fruits and veggies for all! YUM!) and experiment with different growing temperatures throughout the year! All of the staff has been busy helping us get the farm ready and pack the hoop house with seed starts. By the time camp begins, the veggie babies will be ready to be transplanted and this is where you campers will come in! With your help we can transplant veggies from pots to the farm, start new veggies in the pots for campers later in the summer and tend to the plants we have directly seeded in the garden. It will be one big growing circle!

To keep you posted on what Stephen and I will be doing in preparation for the farm, we have started a GRP farm blog called the GRP Sweet Potato! You can check out our post at

So, until next time, play in the dirt and get your fingernails dirty!

~ Anne Izard, Assistant Director and GRP Farm Manager