Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gardening & Greeting

Posted by Allyson

Things have been busy around the farm lately with the installation of the new silo exhibit, completion of the land grading project, and start of school programs! Volunteers have been keeping busy, too, caring for the kitchen garden and interacting with visitors on the weekends. The clear, sunny skies the past couple of weeks combined with the unseasonably warm weather have made for the start of both an early planting and an early visitor season.

This past weekend, Zac and his job coach Jon greeted visitors in the afternoon and also took some time out to clean the windows in the milking parlor to help keep them smudge-free. Last week, Paul and Andrea tilled in the manure from the horse pasture that was spread in the kitchen garden at the end of March and planted a variety of different seeds – Blue Prussian peas, Karina garden peas, Sugar Ann snap peas, spinach, kohlrabi, beets, and pole beans. The heirloom Blue Prussian peas were a gift from another volunteer and avid gardener, Bob. Look for them in a few months climbing the west fence on the north end of the garden.