A call for pest control.

This has been a big week for the farm, with two major ‘firsts’ getting checked off….our first crew and our first harvests!

Through the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (mentioned before on this very website), we’ve been able to hire four full-time student workers to help us develop the farm, both agriculturally and academically. We’re really lucky to be able to offer these positions up, and even luckier to have connected with four students from Wolfville that are interested in making the garden grow.

And the lettuce –  oh, the lettuce. We’ve sold two cuttings of lettuce now with almost perfect success. The green and red oak leaf lettuces were tasty and huuuge and the red salad bowl lettuce is tender and delicious, both went over really well in their debut roles on the Wheelock Hall Salad Bar – alas, we waited a little too long on the Nativadad lettuce. The deep red bunches of curly Natividad were deceptively small, leading us to leave them in the ground a little too long – hoping they’d beef up a little before we could sell them, alas – waaay too bitter. Oh well, could be a lot worse…we’ll know better for next year and, in the meantime, our chickens get a nice dinner.

Here’s an opportunity for the Valley’s vast collective gardening experience to help us out. Does anyone have a decent Pheasant deterrent? We think we’ve spotted some tracks and droppings amongst our new green bean sprouts. I can’t blame them for feasting, but I’d rather these beans had a chance to feed me too, and not just the birds!

We’d love to see you out in the fields – we’re typically working Monday through Friday 8:30-3, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, around 2pm. Again, if you’d like to check it out, head to the back of the arena, cross the railroad tracks and walk down to the end of the soccer fields…can’t miss it.

Enjoy the rain!

alex

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