On Monday, we had a wonderful group of students, teachers and parents from Murray Elementary School visit our farm. The students have been growing veggies of their own in the school garden and everybody was excited to learn something about how we do things here.
As a super bonus, we lucked out with the weather and it was a perfect day for touring the farm, harvesting, planting and playing in the sunshine. First off, head farmer Jamie Barrett (and his illustrious west highland terrier Papi) took everybody on a tour, showing off our greenhouse, pick-your-own vegetable fields, our egg-laying flock of hens, our four pigs and our three bunny rabbits. Next up was lunch in our CSA barn, followed by recess in one of our beautiful hay fields. The students were in high spirits chasing each other around the grass, but saved plenty of energy for the afternoon tasks: harvesting turnips and planting garlic! The school wanted to harvest some produce that they could donate to local food pantries, and luckily we still had plenty of turnips in our fields. We all worked hard pulling them up from the soil, checking to make sure they were the right size and shape, trimming the greens and putting them into our big purple harvest buckets. For garlic planting, the students took individual garlic cloves and pushed them down into the prepared beds, then covered them up with loose soil so they would be nice and sheltered.
We’re looking forward to a great garlic harvest next year with thanks to all our great help! Finally, students and teachers were ready to head back to the school and we all said goodbye, spirits high from all the good work and activity in the sun. Thanks so much to all the students of Murray Elementary School!