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The Book & Plow update!
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“This is your caption speaking, we have reached cruising altitude and it is now safe to unbuckle your seatbelts, walk around the cabin and enjoy the ride. Refreshments will be will coming around shortly.”
 
These words are most commonly referenced while en route to some far off destination but they also so aptly describe the current situation here at Book & Plow. Although we are not sitting in an air conditioned cylindrical tube watching movies, we have reached the point in the season that falls after the initial push to get things started and the start of a steady succession of planting, weeding, and harvesting. We have reached cruising altitude.
 
We have expanded our vegetable production past the first acre and are now seeding carrots, beets, cucumbers, and summer squash. There are transplants that have been planted including cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale, lettuce, and chard. With the land that will not be in production this year we have planted buckwheat and clover as a summer cover crop that will hold onto nutrients and contribute to the organic matter.
 
There has been some harvesting. For the past two weeks we have been delivering lettuce, kale, collards, and now some herbs to Valentine dining hall. It has been really nice to finally have some products to show for our labors over the last several months.
 
Even at cruising altitude there have been some exciting moments. On Thursday morning we arrive at the farm and realize the pigs have gotten out! It was not long until we hear some rustling coming from the woods, so we put some pig food in a bucket and shake it around to lure the pigs out. No luck. Pete then walks up to the pigs and asks them to come out and go back to their pen. They obey. If only it’s always that easy. The result is that we then spent some time cleaning up the grass around their pen and making sure the fence was electrified.
 
There is a lot of work to be done and we are happy to have volunteers. If you are interested in planting, harvesting, and maybe doing some weeding with us let us know. Our email is bookandplowfarm@gmail.com or you can contact me at 413-687-2688.

 
For Book & Plow Farm (E.J, Luisa, Ellie, Jim, and Pete)
 
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