June 6: The Flowers are Here (and so are the snails)

The market garden at the Reed farm is starting to come alive with flowers and pollinators.  The chives and comfrey have bloomed, the dandelions have gone to seed and the daisies and fleabane are just starting to show their pretty faces.   Inside the greenhouse, the seedlings are growing by leaps and bounds. My flower…

JUNE 2: Cool nights plus hot crops do not mix.

So…we were forced to move the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants out of the warm farmhouse and into the shelter/greenhouse but as I had predicted, the cool nights were not done with just yet.  After some really hot days, the nighttime temperatures dropped wayyyyy down to about 5-6 Celsius and some plants just could not deal…

Fall Bulb Planting and Urban Farm Prep

Week 4 of the college teacher strike. Getting a little tired of this, but making the best of my time. The main thing I have been doing is preparing for the 2018 flower growing season. I’ve been researching, digging, planning and planting a LOT of Fall planted, Spring flowering bulbs.  Seeds have been ordered, some…

Blog 3, semester 3: Personal Care and Self-sustainability

Self-care is often lacking in my life, no matter where I work – farm or classroom – as I am the kind of person who takes my job responsibilities seriously, am a perfectionist, and aim to please others. This tendency can often lead to burnout. What kinds of work/life balance strategies were there this summer…

Blog Post 2: Community in Agriculture

One example of community that I can think of from my coop experience would be that of the Forest Celebration Day at the Reed Lane farm.  It was a Saturday event that was arranged by my friend and colleague, Ali, with almost all of the staff volunteering to pull the event off.  It brought together…

Blog Post 1 for Semester 3: Sustainability

At Clearwater Farms, much of what we did would be considered sustainable practices (ie: protect, replenish, recycle, maintain).  My views of what is sustainable continue to be similar to that of the reading, but I also believe “sustainability” should also include what we are humanly capable of – a balance between caring for the Earth,…

September Reflections: moving forward

September has been difficult for a number of reasons, most of which I really do not want to talk about on these pages.  Suffice to say, there are no farm crew members left at Reed besides Steve.  I have spent the last 3 days since I left the farm, sitting in my house, wondering where…

August reflections: Limits and Goals

I think the biggest things I have learned this month – and this season for that matter – are: 1.) When an organization (in this case farm) fails to organize or plan certain things ahead of time, they pay for it later.  CW as a farm operation this year has been reactive , rather than…

Flowers Flowers and More Flowers

I am finally seeing some of the flowers I planted bloom both at the farm and at home.  Last week I harvested some snapdragons, phlox and echinacea and they were sold at the farm when people picked up their CSA bags.  I know a few people bought some but I think most people were just…

Harvest days

Early morning rise. Checking the list. Assigning jobs to various crew members. Getting the job done . Today we started at 7am with one crew member less than usual. An employee quit giving only 2 work days rather than two weeks notice.  Remember that mention of flexibility in the last blog post?  We made it…

July is a blur…

Well, here we are at the end of another month. My, how time flies!  I don’t even know where to begin.  I am so very tired right now.  My days usually start by getting up around 6am and I get to the farm by 7:30 – 8 am.  I often work till 6pm, go home…