Autumn Farm Update

lastpeppersAs the air turns crisp and the days shorten, our urban farm enters an important stage of building the foundations for our next year’s harvest. Here’s an update on all fun projects going on at the farm this Autumn!

Our temperate climate in the Pacific Northwest makes growing food in all four seasons possible. By September and October we have planted kale, cabbage, brocolli, rapini and other cold hardy vegetables that will flourish all throughout the Winter months. We also sneak in a harvest of heirloom lettuces each Autumn after the height of summer but before the cold set in.

We plant many cloves of garlic in early Autumn to grow all Winter and Spring and be harvested in the early Summer.

Beyond laying the foundation for our Fall and Winter garden, this time of year also finds us practicing biodynamic techniques to return some of the nutrients and minerals that we removed from our land with our harvests. We keep our soil healthy byammend adding compost made on the farm and a mix of natural mineral ammendments from our friends at the amazing Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply.

We also practice the time-honored tradition of growing a cover crop each Winter that will be cut down and mulched into the soil to compost in the Spring. Little Seeds Farm School likes to grow mixtures of field peas, clover, vetch, oats and rye for this purpose. Cover crops are amongst the oldest methods for returning fertility to the land and we love to teach our students about the value of such heritage traditions as well as the science behind them.

The Autumn is amongst our favorite times of year at the school and there’s so much to learn from the changing rhythm of the land during this beautiful season!

Summer Farm Update

As our pre-registration date at Little Seeds Farm School grows closer, I thought I’d take the chance to provide our very first Seasonal Farm Update for Summer 2014!

Summer is a time when the farm is in full bloom and many exciting fruiting plants are beginning to ripen their delicious bounty.

At Little Seeds Farm School our newly dug pumpkin patch is producing a plethora of small-medium pumpkins that we think will be perfect our students when we grow them again next year.green_tomato

Our heirloom tomatoes – always a favorite for fresh eating and sauce & salsa canning – are setting out loads of green fruit that will ripen to shades of beautiful red, orange and yellow in the following weeks.

Peppers are one of our favorite things to grow and this year we’ve planted a wide variety – Sweet Banana Peppers, King of the North and Orange Bells, Red Pimentos and – best of all for little eaters – Mini Bell Peppers!

Our raspberry patch has given the last of it’s delicious fruit for the season but we are in full production of cucumbers, pumpkins, golden and red beets, sunflowers, greens and a bevy of different herbs.

We’ve recently planted additional beds of kale, chard and heirloom lettuces that we grow and cut young for tender and nutritious salad mixes.

There’s a lot of seed-starting going on at this time of year to supply our Fall and Winter gardens with carefully tended young plants that thrive in the cooler weather. We can’t wait to send home tons of these little seedlings with our students who will be starting with us next year so that they can continue their gardening adventures and use what they’ve learned at Little Seeds Farm School at home!