In the time it takes to upload all these photos to the website, the squash have probably grown another inch. So, rather than type too much and spend more time out of the field, here’s a quick photo journey of our transition into summer.
Johnny cultivates the kale at Friendship Court, as the last echoes of spring fade into summer’s symphony.
A week later, Kiomi, Patrick, and Josie come out for the early morning kale harvest.
The pre-Market Day hustle at the 405 Avon Street garage: Wilbur records the data, Jennifer and Miro do the heavy lifting, and Kenneth prepares to pack bags for delivery to Crescent Halls.
The bounty of early June: a basket pre-packed for one of our dedicated Market Day volunteers.
Here’s where it all comes together: Market Day at Friendship Court (left) and South 1st Street (right).
Belief in action at South First Street: working together to grow and share healthy food helps cultivate healthy communities.
Meanwhile, back in the community orchard, thanks to many many helpers, we finished digging the footer trenches for the lower stone terrace walls. We were then blessed with the guidance of internationally renowned master stone mason Elizabeth Nisos and her partner Tracy Carver, as we began laying stone.
On the first day of stone laying, Elizabeth and Tracy taught us the basics.
By the second week, volunteers were moving fast and making progress.
The onion harvest always punctuates the start of summer in the gardens…
…as did the arrival of our summer intern Bradley Ragland. Bradley jumped right into the hardest part of the year with great enthusiasm. Here he is harvesting carrots with Jennifer, and picking the dreaded summer squash with Brennan. You’re a superstar Bradley!
Kenneth has kept the deliveries to Crescent Halls residents rolling strong. He maintains a list of folks who can’t make it to Market Day and makes sure that fresh vegetables arrive at their doors each week.
Patrick and Jennifer plant lettuce in the last available bed at Friendship Court, while Bradley tills in the onion field at 6th Street in preparation for summer cover crops.
The vegetables of summer add new color to the weekly market basket.
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Onward toward fall…