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Newsletter 8.26

Newsletter 8.26

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Week1·June20,2012·www.hspsfarm.blogspot.com
 
 
THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC SERVICE YOUTH FARM
NEWSLETTER 
FarmerColumn
Afteraweekaway,spentwithmyfamilyinMaine,it'salwaysgroundingtoreturntotheYouthFarm.Asyoumightimagine,aweekspentamongst70'tallHemlocksandWhitePine,widelakesandAcadianmountainscanconjuramildcaseofcultureshock.Indeed,thenoisesandsmellsofthecitywereamazinglyforeigntomeafterjustsevendaysincentralMaine.Ireturnedtoworkonmarketday,arrivingasearlyasIcouldmustertotakeinthemanyinevitablechangesthatcantakeplaceinajustoneshortweek.Asexpected,thereweremanyexcitingdevelopmentstobehold:thefarmwaslookinglush-verymuchinitslateAugustglory:cornandpotatoeslookingreadyforharvest,manynewbedspreppedandplanted,Okraclimbingto5feettall,Cosmosburstingalongtheperennialborder...Themanyminutechangesthathappenonadailybasisarethewonderandsometimesthebaneoffarmers:theprivilegeofgettingtowitnessthebeautyofgrowthinmanysmallformsis,inandofitself,quitefulfilling.Itisamarkofworkaccomplished,oflaboriouseffortbeingrewarded.Ontheotherhand,italsomeanspullingouttheoldto-dolistandaddingtoit:staketheever-growingEggplant!Ripeningtomatoesneedextratrellistosupporttheirweight!DeadheadtheCalendula!HarvestBittermelon!WeedtheChard!Don'tforgettopicktheParsleyinthehoophouse!Andon,andon.Ourtraineesandyoutharebecomingexcellentobservers(andlist-makers)astheyspendmoretimehereonthefarm.Tostayontopofitall,wehaveaninexhaustablemasterlostoftasksthat,somehow,allgetcheckedoffbitbybit,thankstoseriousteamwork.Ifyou'reeverinterestedinknowingjusthowtheYouthFarmruns,askusthenexttimeyou'reonthefarmtotakeapeakatourTasklog.Andthen,thankatrainee,oraYouthleader,oramarketworker,forallthattheydo.Farmers,students,andconsumers-togetherwiththevegetables,flowers,beesandbutterflies,wemakearemarkableteam.-FarmerMolly
Farm News and Notes
NewattheMarket:
Additionalproducefromupstatefarms!Weareexcitedtocontinuetooffercorn,peaches,andmorefromNewYorkfarms,thankstoGrowNYC'sGreenmarketCo.Stopbythemarkettocheckoutourextrabounty!
CommunityVolunteerDay
 Saturday,September15th,10am-2pm
JoinusattheFarmandgetyourhandsDirty!Pleasebringahealthylunch,awaterbottle,andworkclothes.Noopentoedshoesorsandals.Youthundertheageof13mustbesupervisedbyanadult.
Haveanextrarefrigerator?
IfyouwouldliketogenerouslydonateanunwantedorextrarefrigeratortotheHSPSYouthFarm,pleaseletusknow!
Remember:
Youcanalwayscomejoinusforvolunteerworkduringourfarmersmarket-Wednesdaysfrom2:30to6:30.
 
Week11·August27,2012·www.hspsfarm.blogspot.com

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