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Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 7

This Week’s Harvest

  1. Scallions or Green Onions

  2. Lettuce

  3. Chard

  4. Beets

  5. Radishes or Kohlrabi

  6. Cucumbers

  7. Tomatoes

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.

The farm staff has spent the past week enjoying the last cool mornings of spring and looking forward to growing abundance as the seasons progress. Through Chesapeake CRAFT, Courtney and Colette were able on Wednesday to visit One Straw Farm in White Hall, Md., the largest certified-organic farm and CSA in the state. There, with close to 50 others in attendance, the two were led toward dreams of tunnel-grown raspberries, ideas for better soil management, and plans to use well-timed plantings to take the upper hand on some of our insect pests.

Indeed, the farm staff has scheduled their plantings in accordance with pest pressures, putting several successions of summer squash and cucumbers into the ground to ensure bountiful (and continuing) harvests and holding off on growing Brassicas during the summer months, when harlequin bugs and flea beetles would decimate the plants. The staff has also modified their plantings and harvests to encourage beneficials, those insects that pollinate our vegetables and help keep