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Agriculture Report – May 17, 2016

Agriculture Report – May 17, 2016

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Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

Week of May 16, 2016

http://www.fffsite.org/

A Community Service To New Port Richey’s FarmNet

&

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_842da7ea9bbb41b796d1fc452bd82f4f.pdf

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Peaches

We harvested our first peaches this week – delicious. We shared the first fruits with the Source, and others with our neighbors.  These are Florida Prince and Florabelle peaches – developed at University of Florida for Florida growing conditions.   This is the first year our peach trees have produced fruit. The trees are healthy and the fruit is delicious.  We have some great images of neighbors (Adam and daughter, Ava) enjoying the peaches, but our cyber system is not working properly. Next week.

Sweet Potatoes Doing Well

More Planted This Week

We planted the entire second shipment of slips this week – 150 (5o each of Beauregards, Georgia Jets, and Nancy Halls).  

So far, the first planting (of 500 slips) is doing well.  We replaced most of those we lost at Grand Gardens with new slips from this shipment.  

By mid-July we should have our first sweet potatoes – early August at the latest.  We’ll have sweet potato leaves by early June, and then through the summer, until September.  Vines and leaves are wonderful warm-weather leafy green vegetable – one of the few available through the summer in Florida.  If you have not tried them, please do this year.

We are planning for one more order of slips, so if you want some, let us know.  Next order should be in about a week.

Don’t forget, Sweet Potato leaves and vines are a delicious warm weather green.  We’ll have those listed in the share report very soon.

Okra Thriving  

Okra is thriving at both gardens. All the shares requesting okra, received some last week – and pretty good quantities at that.

We’ll likely be able to supply all requests this week as well – although quantities will be light. We have planted heavily this year (about 200 plants, and counting), and we are anticipating substantial harvests.  

If anyone would like seeds or seedlings, let us know. We receive a donation for seeds or seedlings.  Remember: our seeds are from plants grown here at the gardens, with a genealogy going back four to six years. We save seeds from the strongest, highest yielding plants for use the following year.   

Loquat Preserves

We have locally sourced and locally produced loquat preserves.  Suggested donation is $6.00 per jar and 2 for $10.00.

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/

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_842da7ea9bbb41b796d1fc452bd82f4f.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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