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Agriculture Report – April 4, 2016

Agriculture Report – April 4, 2016

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Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

Week of April 4, 2016

http://www.fffsite.org/

A Community Service To West Pasco’s Urban Agriculture Community

Brief Highlights

Current Farm Report Posted

This week’s Farm Report is now posted on the 3F website. For the full report, go to:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/643592_62ca00e0182d44a1a18fba25f0f94307.pdf

Communicate With Us

If you want to join in the Friendship Farms & Fare project, including the CSA, the Grand Gardens project, the New Port Richey Farm Net, and our educational project, please drop us a line, at our website contact site:   

 

http://www.fffsite.org/#!contact/cl4l

Suggested Spring & Summer Crops and Offerings to the Community

For the general public, and especially folks participating in the New Port Richey Farm Network (Friendship Farms & Fare and Grand Gardens), we are recommending the following vegetables for warm-weather gardens (Spring and Summer):

Cucumbers (Spring only)

Pepperd (Spring best)

Tomatoes (Spring best)

Beans (Lima and string/bush and pole)- we recommend lima and bush

Eggplant

Okra

Peanuts

Sweet Potatoes

We recommend these vegetables on the basis of their suitability for our area, our history of growing them, their high-yield, and because they are relatively easy to grow.  Folks are welcome to try other warm-weather vegetables.

We are offering seeds and seedlings of these vegetables to folks in the New Port Richey Farm Network (Friendship Farms & Fare and Grand Gardens) for a contribution.  If you have a plot at Grand Gardens we will gift you seedlings – you can share a donation if you like.  

Seeds:  See Rose or Us

Folks who desire seeds can acquire them at Rose’s Bistro Off Main.  You can also acquire them from the Farm Net (donation suggested $3 per pack).  If we don’t have what you desire, go to Seed Saver’s Exchange website, pick the items you want, then give us your order.  Seeds will are suggested donations of $2 for 3F and GG participants (CSA members, plot holders, and contributors). See the SSE website: http://www.seedsavers.org/

Planting Picks Up

Spring Seedings At Gardens

Seeds & Seedlings Available for Your Gardens

We are starting more seeds every week.

So far, we have okra, eggplant, lima beans, and Japanese Climbing cucumbers sprouted and ready for planting.  We are behind on the planting, and look forward to others joining us.

We’ve planted okra in the Illinois Ave Garden and at Grand Gardens.

Eggplant is ready to go at both locations.

Check the farm report for more details, and also a cool image of a couple of the volunteers amid our abundant collard greens:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/643592_62ca00e0182d44a1a18fba25f0f94307.pdf

Sweet Potato Planting

If you’d like to share in the sweet potato planting ritual, let us know.  The slips will arrive any day now, and we’ll welcome assistance from all who have time and talent.

Loquats Back in Action

If you’ve missed the loquat festival (and any in your share), be sure to stop by Tasty Tuesday this week – see Sylvia at the Friendship Farms & Fare table.  The festival was wonderful.

Winter Garden Nearing Close

Our winter garden has surpassed all previous records, but it is now nearing its close.

Broccoli is closed now, and other winter crops will soon follow.  

We will have spotty winter harvests through April, and Collards until early June.

Shareholders are invited to come by the gardens for extra large shares of collards – just call in advance so we can be sure someone is at the farm.  

Shares with the delivery amenity can request an “all collards” share, which will be double the usual share.  – just call in advance so we can be sure someone is at the farm.  

Arugula

Arugula remains strong. We have a lot and can include in all shares.

Broccoli

The Broccoli growing season is almost over.  There are still a few plants with heads on them, but the heat forces them to bolt.

Grand Gardens and Loquat Festival T-Shirts Available

Grand Garden and Loquat Festival T-Shirts are now available.  Suggested minimum donation for the shirts is $15, additional donations will help us cover production costs and allow us to give more to the students at Gulf Middle School (our school partner).

Links to Key Parts of the 3F Site  
This week’s Farm Report is now posted on the 3F website. For the full report, go to:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/643592_62ca00e0182d44a1a18fba25f0f94307.pdf

SHARE REPORT  http://www.fffsite.org/#!share/c5hi

Hover over images at the share site, and text of available items will appear.

MAIN REPORT SITEhttp://www.fffsite.org/#!report/c1tuh  

Friendship Farms & Fare is a branch of Ecology Florida, a not-for-profit corporation.  Contributions to Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida are tax deductible.
 
Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture

Friendship Farms & Fare is a branch of Ecology Florida, a not-for-profit corporation.  Contributions to Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida are tax deductible.

Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances

agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture

Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to regenerate a sustainable world

PO Box 596 ● New Port Richey, Florida 34656-0596

www.EcologyFlorida.org

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