A photo of Alison Spaude-FilipczakThe beets are round and beautiful, the chard is stunning with its bright rainbow colored stems, and the carrots are magnificent — pulling one is like unearthing a gem.  There are hundreds of feet of lettuce ready to be picked, the cabbage and broccoli are starting to head up, and last week, our first snap peas snapped and we joyously tossed them into our mouths.  Our field is starting to look like a farm.

July 1st marked the halfway point of the 2010 program at the Greenbank Farm Training Center (GFTC), and it is amazing to think back to four months ago when the field was barren — unfortunately, not even planted with a cover crop — and our infrastructure was limited.

Greenbank Farm Training Center Garden in March of 2010.  Photo taken from the north.

Since then, the crew of eight participants at the GFTC has built two greenhouses, installed a deer fence, added needed electric and irrigation systems to the field, started thousands vegetable starts from seed, and prepped and planted a over a hundred and twenty one-hundred foot-long beds with annual vegetables.

Greenbank Farm Training Center Garden in July of 2010.  Photo taken from the south.

This is on top of starting a 45-member CSA, growing vegetables for three wholesale accounts, and selling at the Sunday farmer’s market.  Not to mention all of the marketing energy we put into building a positive relationship with our customers and community.

Nebraska Dave
7/27/2010 10:59:46 PM

@Allison, it’s been such a joy to follow your blog through all the learning experiences that your group has gone through. With the produce starting to mature, I can see how it would bring great joy to the group and great satisfaction to know that all the hard work is starting to pay off. My operation of three raised beds is hardly a comparison to your giant plan and is certainly not as organized and calculated down to the last detail. I’m thrilled to see it all working just as you had expected it to work. I can almost feel the excitement come right out through the blog post that you wrote. I hope that all continues to go as planned for your group. I’ve never seen a project quite like the one you are doing. It covers both the growing and the business end of the CSA gardening. What will happen when this project is completed? Will another group go through the year long learning experience? What will you be doing next year? Have a great gardening day and try (I know it’s hard) to contain your excitement. Oh, heck, just let all out and then everyone can enjoy it too.

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