Farm Happenings at Root 5 Farm
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Farm Happenings at Root 5 Farm

Trust the Plan

Posted on July 8th, 2020
Sticking to our plan is what keeps us afloat this time of year. There is a precise rhythm and timing to everything we do as the growing season unfolds. We spend spend about five weeks crafting our crop plan every winter so we can keep it all straight. We're so busy harvesting and weeding in July (hoeing... read more »

Meet Leo

Posted on July 8th, 2020
Leo is a remarkable 16 year old who has joined us for 8 weeks this summer to help with harvest, CSA packing, weeding, and everything in between. He enjoys working hard and doing the work well. Plus he’s tall so he can reach things for us. He keeps us entertained with stories of living with his... read more »

Meet Benner

Posted on July 8th, 2020
This is Benner. He loves getting his picture taken. He's an invaluable part of Root 5 Farm, he keeps this place humming along . He's a renaissance man, jack of all trades, wizard tinkerer, and plus he’s tall so he can reach things for us.  For example, he's kept this old international tractor... read more »

Celebrating our Interdependence

Posted on June 30th, 2020
While this coming weekend marks July 4th, Independence Day, this year we invite you to celebrate our interdependence: our sense of mutuality and relationship with each other and the earth. We acknowledge the long, painful history our nation’s agricultural system is built upon,... read more »

Meet Zay

Posted on June 24th, 2020
Zay is the newest member of our staff, joining us in early March from Huston, Texas where they ran a small urban farm. "I started farming because I wanted to empower others through farming, but ended up feeling that way myself! My favorite tool on the farm is my hori-hori knife which is useful for planting,... read more »

Summer Solstice

Posted on June 22nd, 2020
June 20, 2020 was the longest day of the year, the peak of sunlight in our part of the world. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun and sistere, meaning stand still. This is a significant turning point in the vegetable farming season as we're shifting through... read more »

Solstice

Posted on June 17th, 2020
June 20, 2020 is the longest day of the year, the peak of sunlight in our part of the world. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun and sistere, meaning stand still. This is a significant turning point in vegetable farming, as we're shifting through this period... read more »

Mulch

Posted on June 10th, 2020
The rye and vetch cover crop has grown taller than me, so our big project this week is to chop it up into mulch for our perennial asparagus patch. We mow it onto a trailer and spread it green to dry in the pathways. Then, once we're done with asparagus harvest in a few weeks, we'll rake it into the beds.... read more »

Water

Posted on June 5th, 2020
This is our view of the Connecticut River from our irrigation pump. We've been spending a lot of time here lately. It's a lovely place to meditate on water while priming the pump. During a dry spring like this one, we feel so fortunate to have access to a good, clean, abundant water source. Our irrigation system... read more »