Message From Jocelyn

The word is out amongst the world of insect pests that the free salad bar has arrived on the scene. Hello flea beetles, leaf miners, cucumber beetles, tomato cutworms and potato beetles. No, we will not spray you with synthetic pesticides but you best believe we aim to protect the vegetable plants that we care about, so watch out! By not spraying, we are allowing for beneficial insects and worms to thrive, helping to defend and pollinate the plants and contribute to the health of the soil.
 
June is a time for all things green (which unfortunately includes weeds). Next time you come by, be sure to have a look at the onions and potato plants and appreciate the time the crew has taken to weed them. You’ll also want to check out the asparagus patch we planted this season. No, we cannot harvest from it this year or next, but it is an investment in delicious future Springs to come! (And, if you’re like me and can’t wait that long, you can find asparagus at our farmstand locally grown at Wickham Farm in Cutchogue.) Did you help plant garlic last fall? It’s looking great up by the windmill. Be on the lookout for garlic scapes at the farmstand later this month.
 
In the coming weeks we will be bringing 3 more WWOOFers onto the farm crew but we can always use an extra set of hands. If you’re interested in rolling up your sleeves and quite literally connecting with the land and people that produce your food, please send me an e-mail: jcraig@sylvestermanor.org.

Here’s to June, and silver linings.

 
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Jocelyn Craig, Windmill Field Manager