Monthly Archives: May 2012
Our first market is this Sunday at McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I am fond of Brooklyn because I lived there for eight years and had a great time working as an artist, fabricator, and designer. When I started farming I always looked forward to the day I could use the skills I learned in the city and apply them to the agricultural world. My new role as farm manager at Great Road Farm allows me to apply my skill set to our market stand. I sourced local white pine wood from Sweet Sourland Farms. I happen to drive by this farm on my daily commute to work and I’m very enthusiastic with the wood they mill. The white pine has been a pleasure to work with and it is sustainably harvested and extremely local. The prices were even better then Home Depot! Making connections with local farms and using the resources in our community is what excites me about farming. The market display is built out and ready to display a bounty of vegetables. Come on out to our market stand and see what we have created!
We have been working hard to get our first succession in the ground. The weather has been pleasant with opportunities to form beds and plant before it begins to rain. When it does rain we get to focus on our tomato and pepper plants inside the greenhouse. Currently we are “potting on” our small seedlings to larger cells which will help them grow stronger before they get transplanted out into the field. Remay is a agricultural fabric that we use to help against pests, warm the soil, and protect the newly transplanted vegetables out in the field. Our systems are working out well and we are getting very excited for our first market in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Spent mushroom compost is used on the field beds for added nitrogen and to help the texture of the soil. It is organic and a by product of the mushroom growing industry in Pennsylvania. We are excited to get our first load on the farm so we can begin planting!