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Brief job opening

Our co-worker, Geoff Graham, has left us to go on tour as a bass player.  So now we're looking for a replacement.

We need someone to help us harvest and weed for 2 months, beginning as soon as possible, 15 hours per week, at $9 per hour.  We need help specifically on Tuesdays, 7:30am-4pm and Saturdays 7:30am-2pm.

Anyone interested should email their resume to clagettfarm[at]cbf.org.


Small Shares

by Carrie Vaughn

I certainly don't revel in others' misery, but I admit I did feel better when I read last week's article ("Farmers Who Once Longed for Rain Now Swamped with Crop Problems" ) in the Washington Post about farmers in this area suffering low yields.  The weather is usually a great scapegoat for my problems, so I was mystified when the weather seemed quite moderate but our crops weren't producing much.  I'm marking my tenth anniversary of farming here at Clagett, and I kept thinking, "Ten years, and all I have to show for it is a two pound share in July?"

Calling around to my fellow farmers, I've heard similar stories.  Everyone lost their early plantings of squash and cucumbers, which is what usually bulks up our share in late June and early July. Everyone's tomatoes are a little late, and the early beans were poor performers.

On the other hand, I have no one to blame but myself for the small cabbages.  They were crowded out by sunflowers that re-seeded themselves from two years ago, and I didn't have the heart to kill them.  So please pick the sunflowers!  It will make me feel better.

On days when I'm not feeling despondent about our small shares, I have every reason to be optimistic about the rest of the season.  The sweet potatoes are definitely being grazed, but the deer didn't mow them down to the nub in the first week, as they did last year, and we planted a lot more this year, so we can afford to tithe to the deer and still get abunch of sweet potatoes in the shares.  The potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and winter squash are all looking robust.  We have two patches of melons and each is having its own problems, but I think we can still get a decent crop.  The squash and eggplants both thrived last year in the drought and do not seem to appreciate this wetter year, so don't expect a bumper crop of either of those. 

We don't have as many volunteers helping us weed and twine tomatoes as we have in years past, so if any of you would like to lend a hand, come on over!  We are happy for help any Tuesday through Saturday.  Call 301-537-3038 to sign up, or look here for more details.

In the past few months when your shares were not as abundant as we would have hoped, some of you have been especially generous with your encouragement.  I can't tell you how helpful that is.  Thank you!


A Day at the Farm

Preparing for Our CSA Pick-Up on Tuesday . . .

Washing veggies
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Gail setting out the bunching onions.
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Sarah preparing the for the share.
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At the farm pick-up.
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Jenny heading off to the Dupont pick-up.

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Mmm, summer veggies.
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Turkey vulture taking flight from the wash station.
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And finally, the sun sets at Clagett.
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