THE YOUTH FARM
at the High School for Public Service
Week of July 1
As you know, we’ve been experiencing
a lot of intermittent rain and sun, which our crops just love
they are growing lusher by the day. Bitby bit, the bare soil we were accustomed to seeingin the spring is giving way to beds marked by acanopy of green.
In case you were wondering, we also think thenematode experiment is working! Some of thecrops that seemed to be somewhat stifled by thepresence of the Symphylans (discussed in last
weeks’ newsletter) seem just a little bit taller andfuller; however, they are still behind where we’d
like them to be.What else do we see happening? Callalloo (acultivated Amaranth popular in West Indiancuisine) is getting tall and bushy, just in time forour first farmers market this Wednesday
goodthing, since its our most popular crop! Tomatoplants are over two feet tall, now, and flowering!We hope to see fruit form in the next couple of
weeks… of course, tomatoes won’t be vine ripe for
another six-eight weeks.We are trellising our cucumbers, hilling ourpotatoes (ask a farmer next time you visit what thisis all about!), and weeding like crazy! Ourapprentices are two weeks deep into their first
“rotations,” areas of specialization they take on to
hone in on certain farming skills, from Propagationto Compost to Flowers.Our flowers, speaking of, are bursting forth
wehope you enjoyed your share this week, Flowershareholders! We harvested in the pouring rain buthad a darn good time putting the sudden bounty of blooms together!
Staying in town forthe 4
Please join us thiscoming Saturday,July 6th for a dayof volunteeringfollowed by aworkshop onWatering for SoilHealth.
We will be installing our drip irrigation system onthe farm! Drip irrigation is a great way toconserve water and your time, watering moreefficiently. With a little bit of knowledge on thedifferent toolsand set up, itseasy to set upsmall or largesystems. Learnhow we do it,and then setup your own inyour garden.
WORKSHOP: Watering for Soil Health 2-3:30pm
Ever wonder whether your wateringtechniques have an effect on your soil health?Come to this interactive workshop to learn bestpractices for maintaining healthy soil andhappy crops. We'll practice wateringtechniques using a variety of implementscommonly found used in NYC gardens andsmall farms.
Please feel free to bring leftovers from your July 4thBBQ for a Picnic Lunch!
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