All are invited to join us for the Acadia Farm End of Season Social. Live music, good food and even better company. Drop in anytime between 2pm-4pm on Saturday November 19th at DeWolfe House. New farmers welcome.
The Acadia Community Farm had the opportunity to welcome King’s-Edghill School on a beautiful sunny afternoon in October. The students helped to harvest a grand total of 35 pounds of tomatoes to be freshly delivered to the dining hall on campus. Thankfully, more tomatoes found their way into the buckets than into the hungry mouths of students. This experience provided the students with valuable information about growing and harvesting your own food. Hopefully this experience planted a seed of change in their minds, and opened up students to the benefits of growing their own food.
(Cherry tomatoes harvested by the students of King’s-Edgehill)
In the above picture we find the Acadia Community Farm coordinator showing students and teachers the joys of seed saving, which is the ability to let certain plants go to seed to be collected and saved for the coming spring.
The students were fortunate enough to meet some of the plot holders who have been growing food in the community garden all summer. At the farm we have gardeners of all different experience levels and they are happy to share their knowledge and love of gardening with the students.
Freshly picked handful of ground cherries, which were grown by one of the plot holders. Some of the students were surprised to discover that they don’t in fact taste like cherries, and more closely resemble a tomato
The Acadia Community Farm is happy to partner with King’s-Edgehill school to help them develop tools to grow and expand their own gardens. Through this partnership King’s-Edgehill was able to make a connection with the Chartwells dining hall on their campus. Hopefully in the near future students of King’s-Edghill will see food grown from their very own community garden being served in their dining hall.
The Acadia Community Farm is pleased to present the Golden Tomatoes award to the owner of plot #1 Heather Jantzi. Heather is entering her fourth year here at Acadia and was a first time gardner with the Acadia Community Farm this summer. Check out her Q & A to see how she was able to grow an abundance of delicious tomatoes.
Harvesting season has begun down at the Farm! A big thank you to all of the volunteers who have been helping with harvesting, weeding, and watering! Take a look at the fruits of our labour.
Largest harvest of the season! 57 cucumbers, 14 pounds of beans, 2 pounds of swiss chard, and 4 containers of tomatoes!
Erica with her first harvest from her individual plot!
Heather proud of her garden harvest!
Heather is the recipient of our next farm award. Check in soon to read about her award and learn a little more about her gardening experience.
The Acadia Community Farm would like to present its first award of the season to plot #2. Each day when I make my way down the farm I am in awe of each and every individual plot. All of the gardeners have a different approach to planting, design, and the maintenance of their garden. Plot #2 stood out the most as it seemed to never have a single weed growing in the garden while all of the vegetable plants were thriving! For this reason I am pleased to announce that plot #2 will receive the “Weedless Garden” award. Here is a little bit about the gardner of plot #2 and their secret to a weedless garden.
For about 20 years – veggies, that is
I particularly enjoy the taste and smell of veggies out of the garden — they just seem so much better than what you buy in the store. Maybe more importantly, gardening gives you time to think, and to feel productive; it’s a fairly solitary activity and you get to see the fruit (and vegetables) of your labour.
Beans and tomatoes; I’ve tried to grow peas as well, but seem to have no luck with them. This year I’m trying beets for the first time.
Well it helps to be a little OCD; I try to get them as soon as I can distinguish weeds from the veggies I’m growing, and I try to clear a few weeds several times a week, especially after a rain.
Be patient, and just enjoy it!
Things are starting to spring to life down at the farm!
Bright swiss chard planted in our cold frame by the Sustainable Food Systems class graciously donated by Sarah Pittoello!
Leeks (left) and Potatoes (right) planted by the Sustainable Food Systems class are also taking off down at the farm.
The Radish seeds that were planted two weeks ago are starting break ground! They are the first of all the planted seeds to show signs of life. We are still waiting on beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, and lettuce to sprout.
The tomato transplants are starting to settle into their new homes with a nice blanket of straw to help hold the water in the soil on those hot valley summer days.
Further down the farm there is a lot of progress being made with the community members personal plots! I encourage anyone who is interested, to explore the Acadia Community Farm. You do not need to have a plot to visit the farm, all are welcome!
If you are interested in getting a plot to grow your own food reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.