Spring in New England is a highly anticipated season. As March rolls around every year, I make-believe that it will automatically be warmer outside simply because my calendar says that spring is here. As soon as the calendar marks March 20th, I start wishing the cold away and begin to hope for warmer weather. The funny thing about the spring date in the Gregorian calendar is that it rarely actually feels like spring on that overly marked day. This year, I wore my scarf, hat, gloves and long johns well into April. I would walk into the greenhouse all bundled up only to take off my layers for a couple of hours while seeding onions and then putting them on again right before going outside. In many ways, March never fails to leave me with much anticipation of warmer days and hopes of spring flowers, shimmering budding leaves and warmer soil for our crops.
Though, spring has had a slow start this year, the seeding schedule has gone just according to as it would any other year. Onions were the first crop we seeded. By the time we finished, about half of the greenhouse tables were full with seeded onion trays covered in vermiculite. Hundreds of flower seeds were sown on our community flower day as both kids and adults were equally excited about covering their first seeds into a little soil. Alex, the grower, created two germination chambers to warmly hold our hundreds of tomato, pepper and eggplants seedlings to just the ideal temperature for germinating, precisely 80 degrees fahrenheit. All of this served as a reminder that spring does eventually come.
Seeding the first crop of the season, onions:
The last two weeks have finally felt like spring. Daffodils, tulips and forsythias align people’s yards, and the magnolia and cherry trees are at their peak blooming. Our fields now hold close to 15,000 onions that were hand transplanted by an all-day team effort. Beets, collard greens, snap peas and flowering peonies all stand tall and strong in our kitchen garden. Once again, people are out and about enjoying the much awaited sunnier and warmer days that spring offers.
Transplanting beets and collard greens with Carlen:
Transplanting thousands of onions with an all-day team effort:
Spring showing us the beauty that it brings into our lives:
Impromptu marching band at The Farm School: