The 2018 season is winding down, and our team has had a lot to reflect on. Here are some end-of-season thoughts from our Volunteer Farming team:
Dave Johnson, Farm Manager:
As farmers we are uniquely fortunate to experience the nuances of day to day change throughout our New England seasons. We strive to align ourselves and our work with the rhythm of this cycle on a daily basis. With leaves beginning to turn and autumn’s characteristic crispness on the air, we are reminded that when we walk in step with our natural surroundings, many things are above our control. We’re gifted the opportunity to work alongside
the plants, soil, critters (the helpful and the less-helpful), and even the weather to grow delicious, nutritious, and beautiful fruits and vegetables for neighbors in our community to enjoy and give to their families. Here at the farm, this season has brought thousands of individuals and groups together to work and have fun in service to a mission bigger than any of us alone. The 2018 growing season has presented us with a good number of challenges, but we’ve enjoyed our successes too. Some of our all-stars this year include peppers, eggplant, butternut squash, and the seemingly never-ending green beans!
As we embark on the process of planning and looking toward the coming year it is both humbling and exciting to apply the lessons that the farm continues to teach. There is an abundance of potential living in the soil we till, the seeds we plant, and the countless community members who give of their time and effort. We continue to do our very best to realize and cultivate that potential and treat each new season as a gift.
Susan Conant, Orchard Manager:
Over the past two months, we have been very busy at Prospect Hill Farm harvesting and packing apples and are looking forward to some quieter days ahead. This growing season was not without its challenges, but a growing season on a farm rarely is. The unseasonably warm temperatures in August and September combined with the very wet weather had an impact on the already medium to light apple crop. We have had some wonderfully resilient volunteers this harvest season picking in all kinds of conditions from near 100 degree heat to heavy cold rain. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this season a success! Despite the weather obstacles, we are on track to donate over 100,000 pounds of apples to local hunger relief organizations this year.