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Meet 'n' Greet postponed to Sunday 5/2/10

It looks like there's a good chance we will get thunderstorms all afternoon tomorrow, so we have decided to postpone the Meet 'n' Greet one week.  We will hold it Sunday May 2nd, 1-4pm instead.  The schedule will be the same as we listed in our post on April 16th (below). 

The rain barrel workshop will be happening simultaneously (1:30-3pm).  So people at the workshop will miss the hayride, but still be able to meet people, swap seeds and plants, and get an introduction to the farm.  We can bring workshop folks to visit the cows afterward, if they would like.

Sorry for the last minute change, everyone.  I hope you have a wonderful, rainy Sunday, and I hope we see you next week. 

-Carrie


Meet'n'Greet this Sunday--too much rain?

We're looking at the weather forecast for this coming Sunday's Meet 'n' Greet at the farm, and it looks like it might rain heavily.  It's too early to tell whether the rain will come and go, or fall steadily all afternoon. 

If it looks like rain all afternoon we will postpone the Meet 'n' Greet for May 2nd.  After all, you will have plenty of opportunity to get to know the farm on sunny days, and there's no point in dragging everyone through the rain on a wagon.  But if it looks like the rain might come and go, we'll still hold the Meet 'n' Greet, and we'll wait til a sunny moment to start the hayride.  Much of our activities will take place at the washing station, which is covered, so we can wait out a shower or two there. 

We will make our decision by noon on Saturday, and post it here on this blog.  So before you come to the farm this Sunday, check this blog (or if you're getting this note by e-mail, check your e-mail). 

Things to bring:

  • an umbrella, rain coat, and boots if it might rain
  • extra seed and seedlings you would like to share
  • a bike, if you'd prefer a bike tour instead of a hayride 
  • single-serving yogurt containers or small plastic pots that we can re-use for the seedlings in your first share (only clean ones, please!)
  • newspaper with black ink only for us to use as a weed barrier (colored ink is not organically approved)
  • friends, neighbors, kids
  • CSA members: a container to bring home seedlings and asparagus without getting your car dirty or wet

It will be fun!  See you this Sunday or next!


Spring Update

Hi everyone – I’m Anna, one of the new members of the Clagett Farm Crew this year; I’m a native of Annapolis and have just moved back after a few years away.  It almost goes without saying, but I am very excited to be growing vegetables with and for you all this season.

In the month I've been at Clagett, the greenhouse has filled and emptied and filled again with seedlings.  We’ve planted out onions, kohlrabi, and Swiss chard, and the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings are waiting on the sidelines, growing like champions.  We’ve had some great volunteers come out to help – one particularly productive afternoon we seeded twenty trays of Diva cucumbers, and just this last week we planted out about forty trays of Evergreen Hardy White bunching onions. 

Our other crops are coming along too - the bare dirt of the pea field now has neat carpets of landscape fabric for weed suppression and tidy rows of trellis for the wee pea seedlings that have raised their heads.  The rows of Napa cabbage, spicy mustards, and arugula are invisible under the snowy white row cover fabric that protects them from flea beetles, but when we peek under they’re doing well too.  What we really need is some rain – a week of sunny weather in the forecast means we’ll probably need to put some serious time and energy into getting irrigation set up in several of our fields. 

That’s all for now.  See you at the farm!

 Anna


Spring Meet 'n' Greet next Sunday 4/25/10, 1-4pm

This year's Spring Meet 'n' Greet has a few new interesting features.  Come join us!

1:00pm--choose a hayride or bike tour. 
    Hayride includes a visit to the cows, and ends with an introduction to the pick-up site for new members
    Bike tour includes a visit to the demonstration run-off plots, the chickens, and ends at the pick-up site with the hayride folks.  Bring your own bike or borrow one of ours (we have about 8 in working order).
2:45pm--Meet fellow CSA members or worksharers who live near you and might like to carpool.
3:00pm--Medicinal and Culinary Herb Walk; ask an herbalist all your questions, and hear about a new medicinal herb CSA share option.
Until 4pm--Swap seeds and seedlings for your garden.  Take some of our extra seed.  Bring some extra seeds or seedlings of your own to share with each other.  Exchange gardening tips, get answers to your most nagging problems, or learn how to get started.
CSA members get a jumpstart on their shares!  Members take home a bunch of asparagus and some seedlings.

This event is free and open to everyone. 

Clagett Farm
11904 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro MD 20772

 


Worksharer wanted to help manage Saturday CSA pick-up

We will need help checking in CSA members, filling bins and answering member questions at our Saturday pick-up this year.  If you would like to make a regular commitment to this job in exchange for a weekly CSA share, please contact us:  clagettfarm at cbf dot org. 

We will expect this person to begin working between 12:00 and 12:30pm each Saturday, and stay until about 4:30pm.  Or we can work with two people who can alternate Saturdays and fill in for each other when needed.  A farm staffperson will be there throughout the pick-up as well.

We're looking for a genial person who can lift bins of produce that are up to 40 pounds (usually more like 20 pounds), and has some skill with setting out produce in a pleasing way. 

Saturday routine for worksharer at CSA pick-up:
noon - 1:00pm: help us set up and label produce
1:00-4:00pm: sign in CSA members, re-fill bins from the cooler, answer questions
4:00-4:30pm: put remaining produce in the cooler, clean up


Rain Barrel workshop Sunday 5.2.10, 1:30pm

A few weeks ago we mentioned we would like to hold a rain barrel workshop for anyone interested.  We've set a date and time:  Sunday, May 2, 2010, 1:30pm.  We'll hold it here at the Clagett Farm. 

Everyone is welcome, so feel free to forward the information to anyone you know that might be interested.   

Rain Barrel Worskshop
Sunday May 2, 2010, 1:30pm
$50 fee pays for supplies; you take home the rain barrel you made
RSVP: clagettfarm at cbf dot org

Clagett Farm
11904 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro MD 20772
301-627-4662

Protect the Chesapeake Bay!  Put a rain barrel under each of your gutters, so you can capture and re-use rainwater, or allow it to seep slowly into the ground. 

If you can't make it to this workshop, you are welcome to send an e-mail to the instructor, Rick Hood, farmer@summercreekfarm.com, so he can let you know the next time he is offering a workshop in your area.

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