In the past week the crew and I have gone to Duchess Farms, and we gleaned there. At Duchess farm we gleaned carrots and beans. The carrots at Duchess Farm were being eaten by nematodes. Nematodes are underground round worms that eat root vegetables. An example would be carrots, beets, and onions. Nematodes are very destructive and leave very slimy goo behind, YUCK!
Also at Duchess farm we harvested green beans. There were lots of beans. We all finished so fast with everything. All the vegetables that we harvested are all being donated. We harvested 60 pounds of beans and 52 pounds of carrots. That means we harvested 122 pounds of produce at Duchess Farm.
The crew also went to Two Dog Farm and picked blueberries and beans. Blueberries need to be light blue with no pink in order to be picked. Blueberries cannot be wet when you pick them because they will get mushy, yuck! Blueberries are being attacked by an invasive fruit fly. The fruit fly will puncture the fruit that isn’t rotting yet. Two Dog Farm is using organic methods to try to control the fruit flies. Also we went back to Two Dog Farm and went to learn about maple syrup. There is a tool that tells you the density – for how thick it is. The maple syrup is very hot so you can’t let any get on you, or else it will burn because it is sugar and it will burn you. So be careful when you make syrup! Thank you to Sue from Two Dog Farm for letting us come to your farm and learn, and also thank you to Sam Dixon for teaching us at Duchess Farm!