Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 10
This Week’s Harvest
While we strive for consistency at the Ecosystem Farm, we ask that our SHAREholders please keep in mind that Friday and Tuesday harvests will not always be the same.
For your convenience, an exact harvest list will be posted in the packing shed.
Last week, we bemoaned the lack of rain. This week, with the help of two showers, we received our asked-for half-inch. We are grateful, even as we wish for a bit more. Although everything on the farm has continued to grow—a lot—the heat has been high this week. The farm staff has become accustomed to the hot and humid weather that calls for a straw hat and lightweight layers, but it can still be a shock to those who visit the site, like the small group of high-school students who volunteered at the farm for the first time this week. But even as these students protest the heat, it is a pleasure having those who are interested in the outdoors visit the site to experience the natural world.
Indeed, the Ecosystem Farm continues to be just that: a miniature ecosystem filled with an assortment of plant, insect, and animal life. Some new insects have been spotted of late, including the cicada killer, a large, ground-dwelling wasp that feeds cicadas to its young. And, as much as we might dislike this fact, our tomatoes continue to feed a handful of persistent birds in addition to our regular SHAREholders.