News from Health Hero Island Farm
Our gardens are booming! The fields and pastures are recovering well. The cattle are fattening up. All is well on Health Hero Island Farm.
We were sad to see our new friends and family go this weekend. Hannah, Madeleine and Calvin went to Massachusetts to the Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference Friday through Sunday with Joan, Jesse and two interns from two other local farms, Yard and Sophie. Joan's family - Michele, Drew, Scout, and Cole - joined us for the first day of the conference. It was nice to have just a little more time together before parting ways. We hope their farm vacation becomes an annual tradition!
The Conference was a lot of fun and information-filled as usual! My focus was on season-extension, and I'm all excited now to finish getting my fall crops in the ground and under cover for winter. It's so amazing how many different foods you can grow through the winter in unheated greenhouses and low-tunnels. Some of you will be enjoying those fresh winter vegetables!
By the way, it's not too late to extend your local-eating season. If you're interested in staying with the CSA beyond October, we have several options available including vegetables and fruits only...but I encourage you to venture into local meats and value-added products too if you can! Contact Hannah for more information if you're interested. Thank you!
I was so amazed at how much everything grew just over the weekend. The cabbage crops especially are looking beautiful. I picked our first kale for my morning smoothies, and a couple of meals already. I just love it! We'll be bringing our kale to your shares in the next week or two after it grows just a bit more.
Emily planted our next section of dwarf snow peas. The first planting for fall eating is growing very well with excellent germination. The rains and cooler temperatures are just what the garden needed.
The greenhouse continues to produce well. Tomatoes and cucumbers in your shares this week are from our little greenhouse. Today, I had to use a ladder to prune and clip up some of our taller tomatoes. We'll let the current greenhouse plants keep going until the end of September, when we'll prepare the space for our winter crops.
The cattle are gaining weight better. We've done two more weigh-ins since the first one, and are very pleased with the improvement. Eric and Jesse are moving the cattle more frequently now, twice a day. Jesse is going to be solo this weekend when our family goes on a camping trip. He and Eric have been planning out the moves for the weekend and have taken some pasture walks to check on the condition of the pastures. The grass is looking good - even better than expected!