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News from the Lincoln Fields

The farm has seen many changes this season. You’ve now met Emily, Alex and Tim, the new farmers on our team. We’ve also added quite a few tools to our equipment fleet. Thanks to a generous grant from a family foundation, we’ve added a new tractor and a number of exciting implements. Our new tractor allows us to move heavier loads of compost, which means that we are able to add more compost to more fields. Next, meet our spader, the strongest, hardiest of our tools. Having a spader has dramatically changed how we prepare our fields for planting. In the past we used a disc harrow, which breaks up the soil to ready a field for planting. The downside of this method is that all the soil structure and organisms we work so hard to promote and preserve get broken down when we disc the fields. With our new method, chunks of soil get turned under, without disturbing the soil as much. We have already seen a dramatic decrease in our need for irrigation, a direct result of not breaking up our soil.

There is a competiton for the most multitasking implement and there is a tie between our waterwheel transplanter and our starhoe . Our water wheel transplanter, makes a hole, fills it with water and those of us sitting on the back then plant a seedling into the fresh hole. With the transplanter we can plant one acre of melons in a day and we can also plant on sweltering days without jeopardizing our crops. Last but not least, the star hoe, which allows us to better keep up with the weeds while also fertilizing our vegetables.

Thank you for everyone who filled out our survey. The drawing for the tickets to Jack Johnson's concert will be at the end of this week!

Meet Your Farmers

Tim Laird is our new Assistant Farm Manager this year. During his junior year in college Tim had his first farm gig at The New Alchemy Institute in Falmouth, MA. While working in the fields a Japanese coworker told him of farmers in his hometown that grew vegetables for specific families that pay the growers up front for a share in the harvest. It turned out that was the same summer (1987) the first two CSAs started in the States. Twenty-three seasons later approximately 3,000 CSAs in the States grow for nearly 400,000 members. Tim has worked on several of them including Intervale Community Farm in Vermont, Quail Hill Farm in New York, Drumlin Farm, and most recently on the North Shore with The Food Project. Tim lives in Lincoln with his wife and their soon to be four year old. He has a great and expanding fondness for fava beans. You can follow Tim and the rest of the crew’s goings on at: www.twitter.com/tfptim.

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