January 2017

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I am excited to announce that we have launched our new, beautiful websitesince our last newsletter! On it, you will find pages detailing our 2017 summer camps and our upcoming adult education classes. In fact, there is still time to sign up for the Garden Planning class tomorrow night, February 1st, 6:30-8:00. Come ready to dream about spring! In this class, we will touch on site selection, site preparation, and when to plant what. We will cover how to layout your garden, and crop rotation plans for your backyard garden. Other upcoming classes include Intro to Integrated Pest Management on Wednesday, February 15th, and Understanding and Building Soil Health on Wednesday, February 22nd.

If you are interested in getting involved by volunteering at the farm, we have a couple great opportunities coming up. Melinda is planning to do some seed starting in the greenhouse with volunteers this Friday the 3rd around 10 A.M.Additionally, she is planning to weed the raised beds and plant spring carrots with volunteers on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (weather dependent). If interested, please give us a heads up via email or phone.

Here’s what’s in season and more of what’s going on around the farm:

In the Farm Market:
Certified Organic Produce – We have pie pumpkins, acorn and butternut squash. Other veggies currently in stock include carrots, turnips, daikon radishes, rutabaga, beets, sweet potatoes, greens mix, mache, arugula, spinach and baby kale. Plus plenty of beautiful oyster mushrooms!
Meat and Eggs – Grass-fed lamb and beef, pastured pork, whole chickens and lard, all from Turner Farm. Eggs, both from here and other local farms.

In the Gardens:
We are still busy planning for the main season and sifting through applications for our Garden Apprenticeships. I am beginning to long for the sweltering days spent planting and weeding that lie ahead.  That is part of the fun of farmingfor me: the cyclical nature keeps it from getting stale. Just when you think you cannot bear to pick one more green bean in the blazing afternoon sun, fall arrives, and it is no longer green bean season. Just as you think you are going to go crazy staring at a computer screen in the winter, winter work ends, and the craziness of planting season begins. There is always something new to learn and some new problem to solve. Life is dynamic and dependent on the mercy of the elements. Crops fail and crops flourish. There is much to be thankful for, especially here at Turner Farm, surrounded by community.

Today, I included a photo of our (relatively) new team of draft horses, Beauty and Scooter. The girls are half-sisters, about 14 years old, and they are finally acclimated to their new home. Don’t worry, we still have the Belgian boys! We are just beginning to have more work than one team can handle. Stop on out to the stables and say hello.

That’s all for now – Hope you to see you soon around the farm!

Rachel Bellis

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