Farm News: May Update

Spring (or is that Summer) has Sprung

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With the warmest and driest spring on record in years, we could not ask for more ideal weather for plant establishment and growth. That said, boy are we busy with irrigation much earlier than usual. It’s hard to believe, but we have received a mere 2.4 inches of rain in March and 2.9 inches in April. Compared with the 12.5 inches in March and the 4.9 inches in April of 2012, it’s no wonder we are already busy laying irrigation pipe and drip irrigation so that we keep up with the various water needs of the crops.

The Joi choi (see photo above), green garlic, lettuce, kale (see photo below), radishes and bunched mustards planned for your first share are looking beautiful in the field, and we are brimming with excitement at the outlook for the first harvest. With the beginning of May there is plenty of work here on the farm, and we have a full crew starting this week ready for training and preparation for the first CSA harvest and delivery. It’s exciting out here with bodies moving, sprinklers spraying and plants and the people enjoying this glorious spring equally. We hope you too are enjoying your spring, and building excitement for your first share in just three more weeks.

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CSA Pick-up Details Coming Soon

The first week of the CSA season is set to begin after Memorial Day, the week of May 28th. You can expect to receive detailed information about your pick-up site by May 15th via email. In the meantime please feel free to email us at csa@sauvieislandorganics.com or call our office 503.621.6921 with any questions you may have.

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These sweet peppers, only seeds in early April, are now full grown starts ready for transplant into the field as soon as nighttime temperatures allow.

Come Join Us for the Spring Farm Tour & Potluck

Join us Saturday, May 18st to kick-off the season with a tour of the farm and a CSA Community Potluck. This event is from 11am to 2pm. Tours of the farm will happen at 11am & 1pm and we will share a potluck lunch at noon. Bring your family, friends, kids, neighbors, and anyone you think would enjoy a day on the farm, and don’t forget to bring a potluck dish to share. The farm fields are located at 13615 NW Howell Park Rd, just a mile past the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Sauvie Island Center Offering Summer Farm Camps for Kids

Sauvie Island Center is a non-profit educating kids about food, farming and the land. They are offering several Summer Farm Camp programs in July, and you can find more information about those and how to register on their website (www.sauvieislandcenter.org/camps).



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