When it comes to field work, and transplanting in particular, we are all about the grid. Nearly all of our five by two hundred foot rows get marked as shown in the photo below. (Big thanks to Marta T. for helping us retool and totally refine our marking implement -- otherwise known as "the heart of the farm"-- earlier this spring!)
Depending on the crop, we work with the grid in different ways. Tomatoes run down the center line, peas are seeded on the outside two, and onions are plugged along all three:
Last week all of our onions left the greenhouse and were planted into the back fields. Along with them were the first successions of leeks and scalllions. In all, 14,000 seedlings made the move over the course of two short days thanks in large part to... drum roll, please!... our two new interns, Kate and GD!
That's right, we're growing in more ways than one! GD and Kate each work two days per week and will be actively involved in all aspects of the farm's operations this year. In the weeks ahead, you'll get a chance to learn more about them both. For now, know that we are thrilled that Kate and GD are a part of Open Acres this season!
What else? In addition to the onions, leeks and scallions, bok choi, cabbage, spinach, parsnips, turnips, carrots, and potatoes (fourteen rows this year) have also recently gone into the ground.
This week and next, in addition to more seeding and transplanting, weeding will be a focus. If you have some free time during the week and would like to get your hands dirty, please email or give us a call at 646.408.1844 and let us know! Extra hands make all the difference when it comes to those first, tiny spring weeds.
Until next time, all our best!