This week was exciting and challenging for the interns, as it was the first full week without our fearless leader and farm manager, Steph, who took a (much deserved) vacation with her family!
We tackled a lot of chores in preparation for fall this week: planting fall crops, clearing out old beds, and cleaning up those that will carry through from summer to autumn. Check out some of the highlights below:
The end of last week and the beginning of this week focused on getting new plants in the ground for our upcoming Fall CSA (starting the first week of September — be on the look out for updates on when sign-ups start!). Germinating now are new successions of green beans and lettuce mixes. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage (aka the fall brassicas) are also doing their best under row cover, getting big and tasty for Fall CSA members!
On Thursday, we had volunteers come from UVA’s Facilities Management, and they helped us tackle some bigger (taller?) tasks!
They also helped us in our never-ending battles of weeding and harvesting cherry tomatoes!
We really appreciate all of our volunteers who come to help us out (especially during some really hot days during the summer!). We couldn’t do it all without your help!
The week ended with this beautiful harvest, going out to our members as week 9 of our summer CSA! Check out that spread (featuring red potatoes and those lovely zinnias!)
It’s a little bittersweet to see the summer coming to a close. This past Friday marked Gabi’s last day with us as a summer intern, and we have just one more Friday harvest and distribution before the end of the summer CSA.
But never fear! Fall (and classes) are just around the corner, and a whole new ~crop~ of student volunteers will be joining us to start the new round of growing!
Holly, MKG Summer Intern