Not that they ever completely stopped, but now the real action begins for our local farmers. We stopped in at Stony Kill at 79 Farmstead Lane off 9D, two miles north of the I-84 exit, to visit the Common Ground Farm fields and ran into farm manager Susan Paykin, who was in the greenhouse plotting her day. The onions planted the week before were doing nicely and will soon be ready for the outside world. Of course, planting and tilling and harvesting are all the “glam” farm tasks (ha!), but there is plenty of groundwork to be done before and after by Susan and the rest of the CGF team.
For instance, the greenhouse needed to be cleaned out and prepped before any seedlings could be started. Another huge project checked off last week with the help of assistant farmer Erika Brenner was attending to the deer fencing, possibly the most critical infrastructure on a veggie farm here in the northeast. Read about it in Susan’s own words right here.
Next up on the CGF farmers to-do list includes taking down a high tunnel, building a high tunnel, getting more plants going, and, new for 2016, running the Beacon Farmers Market, which will be handled by farmers market manager Sarah Simon. Among many, many, other things. It may snow this weekend, but on the farm, spring marches on!