It's been a fun and busy few weeks here. Onions, potatoes and peas have been planted in the fields. As have rows of broccoli and cauliflower. Our greenhouse is packed with thriving seedlings and Kevin and Liam are busy preparing new beds today.
Last month, Kevin attended a course on Managing the Nitrogen Cycle for Organic Vegetables at Duke Farms. He learned about nitrogen soil amendments that are approved for use in organic operations and reviewed our soil test results with Rutgers Extension Soil Fertility Expert Joe Heckman. I recently attended a one-day course titled On-Farm Food Safety presented by NOFA NJ. I learned about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and how to implement them into our farm practices. Food Safety is an important part of any farm and I am in the process of drafting a new Food Safety Plan.
Lucky for me and the other Food Safety class attendees, Mercer County Rutgers Cooperative Extension is located just steps away from the Trenton Farmers Market. Luckier still, I stumbled upon Buttons Creperie where I had the most delicious lunch! If you haven't had the good fortune of visiting Buttons, I highly recommend stopping by for their vegetable crepe with goat cheese - worth the wait!
Kevin recently drove out to Nolt's in Lancaster to pick up supplies. His truck was loading high with new picking baskets, storage containers, row cover, wire hoops and irrigation hose among other things. This day trip has become an annual pilgrimage to replenish supplies. While he was out that way, he took the opportunity to stop in and visit Levi at J-Mar fencing. Levi's team will be installing our new deer fence around the entire property later this month. In the meantime, we are using a system of row cover, tomato twine, and prayer to keep the deer from eating our precious new plants.
Our member list is growing and we are nearing 50 shareholders!! We still have shares remaining, if you or anyone you know is interested in joining. We're about a month away from our first pick up!