Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 17
This Week’s Harvest
While we strive for consistency at the Ecosystem Farm, we ask that our SHAREholders please keep in mind that Friday and Tuesday harvests will not always be the same.
For your convenience, an exact harvest list will be posted in the packing shed.
This week has been an eventful one at the Ecosystem Farm, as we were hit with one natural disaster and are now preparing for another. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rumbled along the East Coast on Tuesday struck us as we were washing produce in the packing shed. It was the first earthquake that we’ve ever experienced, and was quite a surprise; while the packing shed did shake quite a bit, it is still standing.
Of course, an earthquake isn’t enough: Hurricane Irene is set to hit us this weekend, with the potential to bring with it both wind and rain. To prepare, we’ve put our transplants in the greenhouse and will move those items in the barn and packing shed that might not fare well in a flood, from our hand-tools and cardboard boxes to our seeds. The last big hurricane that swept through the region—Hurricane Isabel, in 2003—brought floodwaters up from behind the barn and into the shed, so we will be on the lookout for similar damage. And just in time for the storm, we are pleased to report that our river irrigation pump is up and running (although we haven’t had need to use it).
In spite of this outrageous week, this has been a great August—especially when compared to the hot and humid month of July. While it’s still summer, there has been a noticeable shift into a more pleasant time, as evidenced by the new birds that have migrated into the area (not to mention those that have left already) and the shorter days and cooler temperatures that are so welcomed by our summer-weary selves.