Approaching-Spring on the Farm

It’s an interesting time to farm in Georgia… We are transplanting hearty things for late winter and planting seeds for a successive round of root crops in the warming soil, all while we prepare for direct-sowing spring crops in beds and summer seeds in the greenhouse. These warm, sunny afternoons definitely inspire spring dreaming, but with continued cold lows in the weeks ahead, patience is key (forever life lesson=be here now). Students have been transplanting broccoli and cauliflower; seeding trays for a spring succession of collards, kale, and lettuces; and sowing out another round of carrots, radishes, and hakurei turnips.

We’ve also enjoyed eating the Snow Oyster mushrooms we’ve grown with 5th graders studying microorganisms at the elementary campus and middle campus Farm Club kids after school on Thursdays. We purchased grow bags inoculated with mycelium from our buddy Evan at Southern Cap Mushrooms and took turns watering them until they flushed and fed us so well. Next up, we’ll be harvesting and eating our Lion’s Mane mushrooms!

After our return from mid-winter break, we will plant a slew of sugar snap and snow peas (perfect for snacking on shoots and pods), peppery arugula, and lots of spinach, and our greenhouse work will shift to summer fruits like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and flowers. (How are we already here again, right?) The farm will once again be buzzing and blooming, and classes will continue to make their way out regularly to farm, yes, but also to read books, write poems and stories, and draw and create.

We have farm workdays on the school calendar throughout the month of May, so please feel free to come out and soak up some sunshine and spend time with the plants and birds and each other. We look forward to it!