Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 18
This Week’s Harvest
Close to one week later, Irene is still the most talked-about woman on the East Coast. But in spite of dire predictions, the Ecosystem Farm was spared by the storm. While there were two fallen trees to move, a truckload of branches and limbs to pick up, and a distinct lack of power in the office until Monday evening, damage was minimal. A handful of plants did succumb to the extra moisture in the ground, but our high tunnels are still standing, the packing shed did not flood, and all that was moved in preparation for the storm has been put back in its place.
Of course, the fortunate fact that our high tunnels are still standing does not mean these structures couldn’t use a little tender love and care. As fall approaches with its cooler mornings and occasionally overcast days, the farm staff has been able to move back into the tunnels to seed a few beds, rid the paths of Bermuda grass, and otherwise work to clean up the mess that summer insisted on leaving behind.
Below, photos from this week on the Ecosystem Farm. Click images to enlarge, or view them on Flickr.