Welcome back to the spring semester. I hope the holidays were restful. The Farm had a great break and everything has grown dramatically since December due to this exceptionally warm weather. Even the peach trees are well into full bloom right now.
Some great Farm programs and events are in the works, so please keep your eyes out for updates here, on our mailing list, or on our Facebook page. Here is your week ahead at the Farm:
Monday – Friday, 3-5pm: General visitor hours – please stop by to help out or just say hello!
Thursday, 4-5:30pm: First Farm Stand of 2014! Come get your oranges, mandarins, kumquats, kale, mustard, radishes, carrots, lettuce, arugula, and more! Low prices; open to all. Smith Campus Center Courtyard, 170 E 6th. St., Claremont, CA.
Friday, 3-5pm: Green Social at the Farm – come meet other green-minded students and faculty from the 5Cs. There will be snacks!
Saturday, 10am-12pm: Open volunteer hours. All ages/experience levels welcome to come help out at the Farm.
I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season in some way or another! The Farm is being carefully tended by students workers over break, but we are currently closed to visitors and volunteers during the holidays.
We will be back starting on January 9th so come for a visit that afternoon from 3-5pm or come down that Saturday from 10am-12pm for the first Open Volunteer Hours of 2014.
The Farm Crew wishes you happy holidays! Top: Aidan, Andrea, Mary Alice, Marcus, Sana, Sierra, Liyanna, and Adam. Bottom: Jonathan, Sasha, and Aaron.
The days may be shorter, but delicious winter crops are emerging, rock walls are getting built, students are learning, and the chickens still cluck at every possible moment. It’s been a great fall season at the Farm and it’s only going to get better! For day to day updates, photos and videos, make sure to follow our Facebook page! Here are a few photos from the past few weeks:
Liyanna weeding out the bed of golden beets (photo courtesy Aurelio Puente).
Naira enjoying some time with a hen.
Last weekend, the Farm hosted two outstanding performances of Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch,” directed by Pomona Theatre professor Art Horowitz and featuring a cast from across the Claremont Colleges. About 100 people attended each performance and gave rave reviews. See the photo below and check out the full gallery for more.
The first day of fall was cool and beautiful at the Farm, but it quickly warmed back up at the start of the workweek. Fall is (almost) here!
Quick updates from the past week: The greenhouse frame is done, and the door and plastic will go on later this week. As of yesterday, 22 plots have checked out, but more are available – e-mail Adam if interested! Beds are getting prepared and seeds for cool season planting are on their way. Volunteers last week beautified the southwest corner of the West Farm (see below).
The southwest corner of the West Farm is looking great!
Great things in the week ahead to mark on your calendars:
Thursday, 4:15-5:30pm: Farm Stand at the Smith Campus Center. Fresh produce, Farm tees, and homemade pies (pre-order here: http://bit.ly/1d37oA8). FMI: Facebook Event Page.
Friday, 11am-2pm: Farm-to-Table special at the Sagehen Café – homemade pizza slice topped with Farm veggies and herbs! FMI: Sagehen Café Specials.
Friday, 3-4pm: Soil science lecture and workshop with Professor Colin Robins. Professor Robins will give an overview of different soil types, the kinds that are found at the Farm, and explain how to tell what components make up soil based on soil texture analysis. We will look at different soil profiles, and learn about the implications of different soil types have on plant growth. As always, this is free and open to the public, so invite your friends! FMI: Workshops.
Saturday, 10am-12pm: Open Volunteer Hours – all are welcome to help prepare and plant beds on the East Farm! FMI: Volunteers.
See you around the Farm. Remember that visitors are always welcome! Also, if you’d like to receive weekly updates in e-mail form, consider signing up for our mailing list.
The semester is well underway at the Farm – students are back and planning a year full of exciting events and workshops, the Farm is looking better than ever, and delicious produce is abundant.
I’m happy to share that an article about the Farm’s composting program, written by student Farm Leader Jen Schmidt, has been published on Compostory.org. Check it out here and see the photo below.
Students mix compost at the Farm.
This week also marks the return of the long-awaited Farm Stand, which begins this Thursday, September 12th, from 4-5:30pm at the Smith Campus Center on Pomona College’s campus. We sell produce from the Farm at very low prices and use the proceeds to help with Farm expenses. Right now, we have tomatoes, winter squash, eggplants, peppers, herbs, greens, garlic, and more. Also, Claremont McKenna student Tawney Hughes will be selling handmade pies, which you can pre-order by filling out this form. This event is open to everyone, so please invite your friends and family! For information, check out our flyer: Fall 2013 Farm Stand Flyer.
Lastly, greenhouse construction is finally beginning. The main frame will be going up this afternoon from 5-7pm, and will be continuing to work for the next few days. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have your help!
Summer has flown by and so much has happened at the Farm. Students, I can’t wait to show you around over the first few weeks of school! As a teaser, check out this photo of an awesome heirloom tomato:
Big tomato – 1.7 lbs!
The new greenhouse is almost here: the concrete foundation is almost complete, the greenhouse materials have arrived, and all we need is your help to put the house together. Get excited! Here are some photos of the progress we’ve been making:
Taking down the old greenhouse.
Greenhouse is gone!
After digging the trench.
Building the forms with the help of a local concrete expert and community member Sam Fassbinder.
Making progress on pouring the concrete!
This week, make sure to stop by the Farm for our three Open House dates: Monday, September 2nd, Tuesday, September 3rd, and Friday, September 6th all from 4-6pm (click here for directions). If you can make it then, no problem – just e-mail email@example.com and we’ll make special arrangements to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
See you all soon!