As my first month of being farm manager comes to a close, I wanted to send out an update on everything that has been going on at the corner of 1st street and Amherst.
As of July 1st, we said goodbye to Aaron Cyr-Mutty who had been leading the Farm for the last year. We were all sad to see him go, but thankful for his year of leadership, which lives on in the thriving crops planted this spring.
Our produce is in full swing this summer, and we use most of our harvest for weekly produce boxes sold to faculty and staff of the college. We currently have an abundance of tomatoes, along with a fair amount of eggplant, chard, okra, and other crops. We also had a July pumpkin harvest, which is being stored for later this fall!
Even with most of the students being gone for the summer, there has still been a steady flow of people down at the Farm. The dedicated summer farm crew is working five days a week throughout the hot summer months, and they, along with student and community volunteers, make the Farm possible.
The Farm hosted Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) students in June and July. These PAYS students that chose to spend two afternoons a week down at the Farm learned about composting, plant identification, bed preparation, and other aspects of sustainable agriculture. They also helped us paint some of our wheelbarrows and harvested produce for an end of summer celebration!
As the summer winds to a close, we are doing some final projects to prepare for the year. We are re-mulching the paths, putting on a new coat of paint in the greenhouse, and expanding the kitchen area to have more room for potlucks this year. I am extremely excited for students to return later this month, but until then, I and the summer farmies will be soaking in the last few quiet weeks on campus before the student rush begins.
Hope you all enjoy the end of your summer! If you are in the area, feel free to come help out during Saturday volunteer hours every Saturday morning 10-12.