A Productive Summer

Over the past few weeks we’ve been harvesting our long-standing staple crops like onions, potatoes, and carrots. The yields and quality have been some of the best we’ve ever had.Another amazing showing from the Therapeutic Rec. team!

Thanks to our friends from the Charlottesville Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp who came out yet another year to help us with the late summer harvest. Everyone pitched in, and they harvested two of our twelve 75 foot rows of potatoes from the West Street garden in just under an hour. Nice work!

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And what would we do without the dedicated souls who came out to help harvest carrots in the early morning drizzle at 6th Street. Thanks Kelly, Miro, and Mo!

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By combining our long-standing storage and staple crops, the peppers from our no-till raised beds, and a generous donation of summer squash from Gary Scott at Twin Springs Farm in Nelson County, we were able to put together a bountiful late summer market basket.

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We lucked out on the weather and held a well-attended afternoon market day under the trees at 6th Street. Many thanks to our committed market day volunteers!

IMG_1610While we didn’t grow many summer crops this year, the sorghum-Sudan grass and cowpea cover crops at Friendship Court are hard at work building organic matter and producing incredible amounts of food for the earthworms and the billions of micro-organisms that keep our soils healthy. Here’s a shot of the Friendship Court field before the first mowing. The cover crops should grow back to almost the same height once more before the first frost, leaving the fields in great condition for next season.

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Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities in the coming week. You can keep up to date on all things UACC by signing up for our email list. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do it now by clicking here. Thanks for your continued interest and support!

 

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