Monday, March 3, 2014

Dear friends and neighbors,

It's these days, when it's cold and blustery and the fields are covered in snow, that it's easy to forget that a farmer's work is never done. While the ground is still yet frozen, the farmer is hard at work, planning for the year ahead.

It is during the cold winter months that a farmer plans their fields, that they order the seeds and equipment needed to start a new crop.

Historic Wagner Farm sits on 18.6 acres of land, roughly three of which are devoted to growing crops. Following the most commonly grown crops in Cook Country during the 1920s, the Farm grows one acre of hay, one of oats, and one of corn. More than being a historical representation, these crops are used as feed for the livestock living at the Farm.

Not all of our crops are so predictable, though. In addition to the feed crops grown at the Farm, local gardeners grow a variety of flowers, vegetables and fruits in the community garden throughout the growing season. The garden holds 100 plots available at approximately 200 square feet a plot.

If you're interested in reserving a garden plot to grow your own flowers and produce this summer, today may be your last chance to sign up. Plots are assigned by lottery draw, and any remaining spaces are offered this morning, beginning at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Interested in planning your own garden? Click here for more information and your opportunity to register one of our community garden plots.

Until next time,