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Despite a blanket of snow there's lots of activity in our greenhouse


The farm is looking like it will never emerge from underneath this insulating blanket of snow. The tiny microfauna in the topsoil have not seen light or even a fluctuation in temperature for quite some time now. Although, this is probably normal for them—they adapted to the cycles of the planet eons ago. 


Inside the heated greenhouse it’s a different picture entirely. The entire allium family, such as onions and garlic, has been seeded in trays. The seeding happened in two days with the help of Dirt Crew. What little daylight there is shines through the double layer of inflated plastic, bringing the temperature up to nearly 50 degrees—the propane-powered heaters barely need to turn on.

Large deliveries are coming to the farm now as we begin to prepare for the thaw. First came the potting soil, 16 giant sling bags each the size of a smart car. Next came the fertilizer delivery, six tons of organic blended plant nutrients. In a few days, the irrigation supplies will arrive and I'll spend the day receiving and putting away the biodegradable black plastic mulch, the floating row cover, and the drip tape. In theory, we will be planting the onions, shallots, and scallions in a field in four to six weeks.


Until then, in my down time, you can find me traveling quietly though the woods on skis enjoying this still abundant fluffy white stuff while stalking the elusive bobcat.

If you’d like to be part of planting and harvesting on our farms, visit Serve and Grow to learn about volunteer opportunities. 
 

The Food Project provides locally grown, fresh-picked produce for purchase through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share program for pick-up on our farms and at locations around Greater Boston and the North Shore. 

 

Alex Pogany is the Field Manager for Baker Bridge Farm in Lincoln.

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