Another growing season is at an end, and a great one it was. This year, a Farm Vision Committee was established to design the Farm planting and operations, and Dorothy Barnes was hired as our Farm Manager. Together, they planned and planted, and we had a harvest of over 9,000 pounds of produce. This is especially impressive as the acreage planted was cut back significantly this year to allow us to focus on best practices for our high tunnels and fields. To date, the Farm has yielded over 50,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious produce.
Last year we added our large high tunnel, and we harvested over 3,000 pounds of beautiful tomatoes from it this season. We grew peppers in the smaller high tunnel and potatoes, green beans, and onions in our fields. Areas that were not planted were seeded with a cover crop of daikon radish. We also grew veggies and herbs in our raised bed gardens, with some volunteers taking ownership of some of the beds.
We had a great deal of volunteer help from ten wonderful members of Cedar 6 NCCC AmeriCorps, as well as kids and staff from YouthWorks and Upward Bound, ladies from North Homes of Bemidji, employees from Delta Dental, Karvakko, EAPC, and Hazelton Family Dentistry; and students and staff from Schoolcraft and Voyager schools. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this successful harvest.