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Community Nutrition Education Services Inc.
“Small Family Farm Project”
Installment #20

January - February - March, 2018

Springing Forward and Looking Back

The months of January, February and March all had record breaking bouts of rain including flash floods, and very cold weather. There were sometimes breaks in the above noted weather patterns so the decision was made to plants vegetables beginning February 15, 2018. The goal is always to provide fresh produce to “Farm to School” customers before the end of their school year. The maturity dates for
all of the vegetables were 60-70 days (around early to late April). Meeting that target date would achieve the schools’ deadline of mid-April through March for their delivery. These vegetables seeds including beets, turnip greens, kale and Swiss chard were sown directly into the ground. The only survivor was the turnip greens that did begin to appear by late March. Onions (short day varieties specifically for the Southern USA) were planted on Feb 1 (90 days to maturity) and are growing very nicely. Produce planted back in Fall of 2017 included spinach, rutabagas, radishes, collard greens, and lettuce. The success story was the spinach

Spring time brings great visions and hope for the new growing year. Please see photos of many signs of spring as shown below.