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June Makes Me Swoon
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 00:00

First Share MorningI walked out to the high tunnel bright and early this morning, before the sun made its way over the old barns, and I found myself nearly in a dance of a excitement over the bounty that the earth has given us. I was snapping my fingers and humming to some unheard tune and shuffling my feet. Is it normal for carrots and turnips and beans to inspire dance?

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Mother Nature's Bounty
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Monday, 30 May 2011 16:32

We are back on the grid after nearly 72 hours without electricity or running water, and just in time for this heat wave we're having. It was at the hottest point today, 94 degrees. We kept the tunnel cool by turning on the misters for most of the afternoon - the interior temps stayed within 2-3 degrees of the outside temperature. Without the misters, it would have been well over 100 degrees and that's when tomato plants begin aborting their flowers and crops begin shutting down. It's still 95 degrees in the high tunnel and it's 5:30pm!

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Countdown to the start of the CSA
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Monday, 23 May 2011 20:32

In one week, our summer CSA for 2011 will commence. In spite of the spring monsoon Mother Nature has delivered over the past month, our crops have stayed warm and dry inside the protection of the high tunnel and we've been enjoying the bounty - zucchini, cucumbers, lettuces, kale, mustard, fresh herbs, spinach, pac choi, scallions, leeks and now, flowers are blooming and filling our home with sweet, fresh aromas.

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New Morning
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 19:33

Columbines"Can't you feel that sun a-shining ?
Ground hog running by the country stream
This must be the day
when all of my dreams come true
So happy just to be alive
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you."

 

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Spring Update
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 22:36

Tomato FlowersWe're up to nearly 13 hours of daylight now and the last frost is less than a month away. I'm as busy as a bee, starting new seeds twice a week, transplanting established seedlings into their prepared beds, weeding, organizing drip irrigation and making room for new plants in both the beds and under the grow lights. At the end of the day, I am a happy, exhausted girl, and I hardly remember climbing into bed.

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