Monthly Archives: March 2014

In like a lion…

Tiny army of kohlrabi seedlings

Tiny army of kohlrabi seedlings

March has become more lamb-like. The heavy weight of snow has lifted from both the land and our winter-weary bodies, and soon the fields will be bursting with nourishing spring greens, radishes, carrots, peas, and beets. To ensure that spring explodes with these tasty veggies we’re all craving, Alli and I have been working each day in the greenhouse, seeding and tending many tiny seedlings. Since our last allium-seeding blog post a month ago, we have added many other crops to the greenhouse, like kale, kohlrabi, chard, cabbage, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes. All of these plants will be growing patiently in the greenhouse until they’re big and strong enough for transplanting in the field over the coming months.
Action shot of potting up kale

Action shot of potting up kale

Lacinato kale after potting up

The delayed melting of so much winter snow coupled with the slowed warming of the frozen soil is bringing on a late start to the farming season, and we’re more ready than ever to get out in the fields and dig in the dirt under the warm sun. Spending my first winter ever here in the northeast this year has taught me that winter is about resting and recharging, enjoying the break from the sun’s heat and our toil in the fields. And it is also eventually about great eagerness and anticipation to begin the whole process again. Here comes the sun, everyone!
A field blinks open its eyes after the long winter

A field blinks open its eyes after the long winter

We would like to invite all of you to a free lecture given by the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Jeffrey Smith, on Monday, April 7th. Second Wind CSA will have a table at the Healthy Living Fair that takes place at 6 PM just before Mr. Smith’s lecture at 7 PM on “The Dangers of GMOs in Our Food.” The whole event takes place at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 100 and is entirely free! Here’s the flyer for the event:
Being a certified organic CSA with an emphasis on growing heirloom varieties of crops, we are excited to participate in this event. Stop by and meet us if you’re able to come!
If you have any friends or family that may be interested in joining the CSA, please let them know that we have a few shares remaining!
Happy Spring,
Alison

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