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Another Month Has Passed

July 10, 2014

So, another month has gone by and I still haven’t written that post I promised.  That should tell you what kind of month June has been and how the beginning of July has been spent doing catch-up.  I haven’t forgotten, just haven’t had any time.  But you can come on over for our monthly work day on Saturday, July 12, from 9:00 until 12:00 and see for yourself what is going on.  Things are growing, both wanted and unwanted.  And, with the recent rains, it makes it easier to remove the unwanted plants.

Here’s a peek at what happened last work day.  We weeded the onion patch and mulched it with straw.

June workday

June workday


Last time I posted a picture about a baby hoop house we added in the spring;  this time I’m posting a picture of a baby baby that joined our family this spring  (that might help explain what has been swallowing up so much of my time).

momma and Hazel

momma and Hazel

No, of course she isn’t mine;  she’s my daughter’s and her husband’s.  She arrived on our very first CSA day last month – the same day my daughter’s dog tried to take on a skunk (talk about a comedy of complications!)  Her parents named her Hazel and she is lovely!  We are truly blessed!

Not every June day is filled with roses and sunshine.  We came out one Saturday morning and found the windows on our hoop house’s beautiful  French doors  smashed.  It took some doing because we found the offending rock about half-way through the hoop house demonstrating how much force was needed to break the glass.  Of course that meant there was shattered glass that far into the hoop house as well.  Mark and the boys spent their morning cleaning up

hoophouse glass

hoophouse glass

broken glass and replacing the lovely windows with whatever material was available.  I asked my artistic daughter to take a picture of the scene, and she turned it into a study of  broken tempered glass design.   It does look kind of interesting.

hoophouse glass

hoophouse glass


June began our CSA season and so far the members have received six buckets of fresh vegetables.  This week they received fava beans amongst other veggies.  Fava beans grow well for me here.  If anyone is interested in buying some fresh fava beans, come on by Saturday morning between 10:00 and 12:30 to our stand right here on the farm.   I sell them for $6.00 a bag – a bag will weigh about one pound.  We also have Swiss chard, scallions, some herbs, and perhaps some other random items, like fresh garlic, kohlrabi, and carrots.  We’ll have to wait one more week to have green beans.

CSA's in the making

CSA’s in the making

So there, I finally did it!  I updated the blog!  I hear all your congratulatory cheers and feel much better about life.  (hear the big sigh of relief)

Until next time,



June 11, 2014

Oh dear!  I was just one digit off with my date…

Volunteer Second Saturday is June 14 not the 4th.


But you all figured that out long before I noticed.  Sorry for the confusion.


(still working on that promised exciting, newsy post with lots of pictures, but here’s a little tidbit)



We got a new baby hoophouse this spring.  It’s cute and it’s little and it’s portable so we can put it over some things early in the season and move it over other things to allow them to grow longer into the fall, while we replant a different section where the shelter will allow greens to winter over.   Sound confusing?  It means I don’t have to tear out my late tomatoes in fall before they are finished producing just to make space for wintered over greens to be planted.  I can plant the greens in a different spot and simply move the hoop house to cover them when the weather necessitates.   We’ll see how it works this year.

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It’s so cute, isn’t it?


See you Saturday,


Second Saturday Approaching!

June 9, 2014

Hey all you people wishing for an excuse to hang out in the sun in a garden with fun people doing something beneficial and constructive:

Come out to Wilson Street Farm for our monthly Second Saturday Volunteer Day on June 4th from 9:00 until 12:00.


Hmmmm…. looks like my last post was a reminder about last month’s work day indicating that I’m overdue for a newsy, entertaining post with lots of pictures.  I’ll try to work on a post real soon.  Promise.  ‘kay?


See you Saturday!



Second Saturday Volunteer Day, May 10

May 5, 2014

A big “Thank you!” to Janice Cochran and her U.B. class for all their help on May 1.   We got weeds pulled and trees mulched and garbage cleaned up.

U.B. class field trip

U.B. class field trip


Although the class got a lot of work done on Thursday, there is still much to do.  With all this rain, it’s been difficult to get outside to clean out beds and prepare fields.  Please come out on Saturday, May 10, from 9:00 until 12:00, to help us get on top of things here at the farm.  See you there!

Here’s hoping for good weather!


A Portrait of Spring

April 16, 2014

First Volunteer Day of the Spring

April 8, 2014

Hurray!  Spring may be coming after all!

Saturday is supposed to be warmish and sunny so CELEBRATE by joining us on the farm for our first volunteer day of the season.

On Saturday, April 12, from 9:00 until 12:00 we’ll be outside raking beds, preparing raised boxes for planting, picking up garbage, spreading compost, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, and anything else that needs to be done.

Come join us!


Waiting for Spring

March 17, 2014

Whew!  It’s been quite a challenging winter;  however, I have been longing for years to have a good, old-fashioned, hard winter.  I refuse to complain.  The snow adds water to the ground in a nice slow trickle, watering deep and filling up our ground water resources.  The cold kills unsuspecting bugs and lets us start with a clean plate (to a certain extent, anyway).  It is also nice to be forced to rest.  When it is this cold, there is no going outside to do stuff (whatever the task may be).  The ONLY option is to stay inside, curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good book, or make taffy with a bunch of friends. :)

making taffy on the front porch

making taffy on the front porch

Since it’s been so incredibly long since I posted anything, I thought I would show some pictures of us waiting for spring in our dormant state that has been so familiar for the last 4 months.    I haven’t even shaved the dog for months – something I told myself I wouldn’t do again because the long hair is so difficult to maintain.  But he doesn’t get a winter coat like most dogs, so he’d be cold if I kept his hair short.

OK,  so we have done some things, but not much in the way of outside activities.  This winter we’ve been working with Journey’s End on a refugee program.  A group of them will be working on our farm this summer to gain experience with urban farming.   They will also be working on their own farm on Brewster St.  In February, I began planting some seeds in the hoop house:  spinach, mustards, lettuces, carrots.  I have also started some plants inside: onions, leeks, shallots, spinach, cabbage, and some others.  Other than that . . .  we watch and wait for spring.

An exciting development for the Farmer  Pirates’ farms is the delivery of our first load of compost from the Gittere St.  facility.  All summer and winter the Buffalo Equestrian Center has been dumping their stable waste onto the site and we have been mixing in household waste from the Farmer Pirates’ Composting Program.  This year, we are able to reap some of the benefits.  The wood shavings in the stable bedding are not quite completely broken down, but it won’t take long after we mix it into our soil and the bacteria and other critters in the soil start their work.  We are so EXCITED!!

Just a head’s up:  our volunteer days begin the second Saturday of April, the 12th, at 9:00 am.  Hopefully the ground will be thawed by then!

Enjoy the last of the winter!



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