Thursday, October 21, 2010

more photos!

photos: Lee, Jenny and I harvesting. A September Kale harvest, September veggie bounty and two photos from Canadian Thanksgiving!

Last week we celebrated Canadian thanksgiving. Just to make sure we Americanized it enough, we celebrated on a Thursday and had copious amounts of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, apple pie, squash and gravy. We had a slim crew at the school, so we transformed the kitchen in to a pine bough covered paradise with a huge square table and 16 people cooking and sharing a meal- it was beautiful. Pictures taken by the lovely Julie who ,Sadly for us, has left the valley for the green pastures of the west coast. I miss her lots and lots, but now have a good excuse (along with another former intern, Mary Kate, being out west) to go visit!


I know, I know you must be thinking "three posts in one day, I hardly know what to do with myself." I Thought i'd do a quick update of the yester garden while I was going all blog crazy. These photos were taken today and are the spinach and lettuce mix- spinach should be ready soon, the lettuce still has a while to go. The
swiss chard is still looking beautiful! and now has 2 rows of garlic planted down the center. The long shot in the center with the garden cart in the corner is the planting I did of winter oats! They will die off in the winter and are just a cover crop to keep the weeds off till frost. In the background are the 2 huge beds of garlic I planted. hooray!

Butterworks farm

photos: long shots of the buildings, haylage (think fermented hay-like sauekraut for animals. It is bailed while still damp, so it makes it a lot easier for farmers in this weather to bail hay. ) Windmill, Jack in front of his buckwheat field, the solar barn a hoop house filled with hay that the cows live in during the winter- this way they are out of the elements but get full sunshine- the door to the milk storage room, and stairs up to the yogurt processing room)
Yesterday we found our way up north and east to Butterworks Farm. If you aren't familiar with it, Butterworks has been making tasty yogurt Since 1979- they started with just a few cows and sold their yogurt in glass mason jars to their neighbors. I highly recommend checking out their website (well deigned, super interactive) and getting yourself to the market as soon as you can to pick up a quart of their maple yogurt- you won't regret it. After visiting the farm, I have so much respect for the work they do, and the whole operation- though they make tons of yogurt, grains, and flours It still feels like a family, homestead farm, and it is still family run. They have the most beautiful Jersey cows, a windmill, new barns and grain elevators, and really exciting grain crops. Jack grows buckwheat, wheat milled into flour, cornmeal, flax for flax oil and sunflowers that they make in to sunflower oil. If you ever have the chance to visit, or go their to pick up your yogurt, or to hear Jack speak- do it. on to the photos! enjoy!

Farm Design- green mountain girls

photos: turkey friends and pig friend at GMG
Living Machine (filters all of the water used in the greenhouse through plants eg. uses plants rather than chemicals to treat water) and view of the GMG farm, with the new hoop house all the way on the right)
hola! Lylee in class here- I'm in a farm design class right now, which is pretty much just what it sounds like. We are visiting farms around Vermont, and spending the rest of the time in the studio working on our own farm design projects. So far we have been to a whole bunch of amazing farms. Monday we visited Green Mountain Girls' farm in central Vermont. They are wonderful folk and offer a year round CSA share complete with meat, goat milk, veggies and canned goods. We spent a few hours visiting all the animals and even got to help raise a green house. They had toiled for about 300 hours getting a second hoop house planned and built, and we got to help with the final, heroic feat of shimmying the plastic up on to the hoop house.
so awesome!

Friday, October 15, 2010

winding down

IT's a rainy day here in Vermont so I have been catching up on all of the documents and information I am leaving for the people that come after me. While crunching the numbers I figured out that the garden produced/ we harvested 587 pounds of veggies!!
I'm really happy with that number.
winding down for winter. I have some spinach, beet greens, and lettuce mix going as well as kale and chard and herbs and lettuce in the cold frames. It'll be exciting to still have some greens throught he winter.
more soon