Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015/16 - Field Prep & Big Picture Goals

As of September 1 our season officially began with deep plowing the sections of the farm that were deferred and phytoremediated (10 dollar word for planted with a useful cover crop last winter).  We are currently spreading organic fertilizer in our fields and preparing to move our irrigation network so that early season eggplant seedlings can be established while it is still hot.  Eggplant loves the heat. 

Plowing greenhouses in preparation for soil sterilization

Our big picture goals for the 2015/16 season are to continue to evaluate high value greenhouse varieties like Intruder, X3R Red Knight, Gourmet, and Sweet Sunrise peppers as well as an artichoke variety new to the Jordan valley called Jersey Knight.  These trials will be regularly highlighted at our farmer field days and through the myriad farm visits from neighboring farmers. 

Toward the end of last year our delivery team started getting requests for sweet melons from the recipients of our produce across Northern Jordan.  As luck would have it, a large quantity of Charleston Grey watermelon seeds were donated by our partners in Alabama.  Looks like sweet melons are on the menu for thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugee families across Northern Jordan!


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