Farm News

Posted 5/11/2010 3:42pm by Trent Thompson.

The first produce of the season will be for sale on Thursday at the farm. Order at the online farm stand on WED and pick up at the farm on Thursday night from 4-7 PM. We will have salad mix! Best, Trent

 

Posted 4/28/2010 8:14pm by Trent Thompson.

A shot from the scaffolding down onto the tomatoes (yes, they survived the frost thanks to the fabric we used to protect them!). There are approx. 420 tomato plants in the 35 x 96 ft. structure. Plastic will go on this week.

High Tunnel

Another shot from the scaffolding looking out onto the West field. This N section of the field is still mostly in cover crops and will be used for potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillo, sweet corn, popcorn, and tomatoes!

Posted 4/18/2010 8:57pm by Trent Thompson.

I've been crazy busy the past couple weeks and haven't had time for any blog entries, but here are some more farm photos showing some progress on the high tunnel. Hope all is well with you all.

spring oats

Posted 4/14/2010 9:27pm by Trent Thompson.

Posted 4/13/2010 7:28pm by Trent Thompson.
Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

 

Published: April 13, 2010

FOOD partisanship doesn’t usually reach the same heights of animosity as the political variety, except in the case of the anti-cilantro party. The green parts of the plant that gives us coriander seeds seem to inspire a primal revulsion among an outspoken minority of eaters.

Culinary sophistication is no guarantee of immunity from cilantrophobia. In a television interview in 2002, Larry King asked Julia Child which foods she hated. She responded: “Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all. They’re both green herbs, they have kind of a dead taste to me.”

“So you would never order it?” Mr. King asked.

“Never,” she responded. “I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.”

Read the rest here.

Posted 4/8/2010 7:21pm by Trent Thompson.

Ivan Lake doing a great job preparing the soil last week. If you need any large gardens tilled, brush hogging, or post holes dug, he does fine work. 269-580-2317.

Early Tomatoes have grown. The goal is to get these in the new high tunnel by April 20.

One of about 3,000 garlic plants looking great!

Posted 4/8/2010 7:17pm by Trent Thompson.

From the Freep...

Shannon Brines stooped down, pulled a young carrot out of the ground and gently brushed the soil off its roots.

"My customers love to get these," he said, checking his crops one cold, rainy morning last month.

While most Michigan gardeners still haven't bought their vegetable seeds, Brines spent his winter harvesting handfuls of baby carrots and hundreds of pounds of fresh baby lettuce, arugula, spinach, chard, kale and exotic gourmet greens from three unheated hoophouses near Dexter.

Growing produce year-around in Michigan may sound like a global-warming daydream. But entrepreneurs like Brines prove it can be done -- profitably -- in the low-tech, plastic-covered sheds.

"It could be a living, depending on your definition," says Brines, 34, a University of Michigan data analyst who lives in Ann Arbor. If he focused only on growing, he figures he could make about $40,000 a year.

This past winter, he ran Washtenaw County's first-ever wintertime community-supported agriculture (CSA) group -- a contract arrangement in which customers pay an upfront fee for crop shares.

Each week since last fall, his two dozen customers have received shares that have ranged from about 3 pounds of produce during the dead of winter to huge bags of salad and cooking greens this spring, as the daylight hours increased.

At about $25 a week per share, Brines' CSA will generate about $14,000 over its 23-week span. And this summer, he expects to earn additional income selling several kinds of hard-to-find and heirloom vegetables from his stall at the Ann Arbor farmers market.

When he built his first hoophouse in 2004, they were almost unknown in Michigan. They're still rare. Michigan State University officials estimate there are perhaps 100 scattered around the state.

"Growing food year-round in Michigan is still kind of a crazy concept," says MSU hoophouse outreach specialist Adam Montri, 31, of Bath. "But there's enough people who know it can happen -- that it's no longer considered a crazy-off-the-wall, it-can't-happen idea."

Cont. to article

Posted 3/22/2010 10:53pm by Trent Thompson.

This was quite an impressive speech from Oliver, bluntly linking America's ignorance of food to our troubles with preventable diet-related diseases. The farm is inspired by his desire to start a food revolution!

Posted 3/22/2010 10:52pm by Trent Thompson.

The farm is proud to begin using a 100% compostable and biodegradable mulch in 2010. The mulch is made out of a corn starch based raw material. The mulch helps control weeds, reduces water loss, and heats the soil (helping the plants grow bigger and faster). Despite costing more than four times as much as the previously used plastic mulch, we feel like this new mulch may be worth it. Labor from removal, as well as recycling and landfill costs are eliminated.

Posted 3/19/2010 8:00am by Trent Thompson.

The 2010 CSA at Green Gardens is all full. The final opportunity to become a member this season will be by winning (through a silent bid process) a CSA box at the Community Inclusive Recreation (CIR) Auction on April 15 at the Battle Creek Country Club at 5:30 PM. CIR is a tremendous organization in our community that needs funding to continue providing recreational opportunities to the disadvantaged in our community. For more info. on CIR, I would encourage you to watch the short video above. We are hoping the box will raise at least $400 this year for CIR. Also, win a 2010 Camaro at the auction!