It’s been a long, sweaty summer, and even with continued help from some of the teaching faculty (Steve, Emily, Chelsea, Mary, and Xavier), our farm manager Eric has been very busy.
We made several large harvests of commodities that went into long-term storage: garlic, onions, butternut squash, and potatoes. For every one pound of seed potatoes that Eric planted back in February, we harvested 14.5 pounds of fresh, organic potatoes back, which is a great return.
Many of the summertime crops, such as beans and squash, have also been very productive, with many still yielding, like tomatoes, mini bell peppers, mini eggplant, Asian eggplant, and okra.
With autumn just around the corner, our long-term crops of peanuts, parsnips, and leeks are continuing to develop and grow.
With the return of students, we have just begun to harvest our edible summer cover crop of pinkeye purple hull peas.
And finally, the perennials and flowers that Eric planted earlier in the spring, like asparagus, have been very productive.