Agriculture Report – November 9, 2015

Agriculture Report – November 9, 2015

Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

Week of November 9, 2015

A Community Service To West Pasco’s Urban Agriculture Community

Grand Gardens Opening: A Happy Occasion

The Grand Gardens in New Port Richey had a lovely opening on November 7th (2:00 to 4:00).

Friendship Farms & Fare joined with Ecology Florida, Nature Coast Real Food Project, and other local organic agriculture organizations to inaugurate a substantial (and sustainable) community garden just west of the East Madison neighborhood.

To acquire a plot or to join in the project as a volunteer, contact Travis Morehead at (727) 271-2333.

Financial support will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to share contributions with Friendship Farms & Fare in support of the new Grand Gardens or any our other projects, your gifts will be gratefully received.  We’ll share an acknowledgment of your gift and our warm thanks.  We are also happy to report that contributions to Friendship Farms & Fare are tax deductible.

You can mail contributions to:

Friendship Farms & Fare

PO Box 596

New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596

Shares Light This Week

Shares will still be a little light this week.  The winter greens are coming along, and small shares of collards are available. We have good quantities of herbs.  The transition to Fall (and larger harvests and shares) has about one more month.

Big Story is Heat and Extreme Aridity

Our crops are stressed due to the extreme heat of recent weeks. We were over 90 degrees three days last week. “

The winter greens simply cannot thrive with temperatures in the upper 80s to 90 degrees – and above.

The heat, coupled with lack of cloud cover and lack of rain is why we are a little behind on preparing and processing the Fall Garden.  We had a little rain this week, which was most welcome and most helpful.

Collards Coming Along

We have a lot of collards in the ground, which means we’ve done a lot of irrigation lately.  Of all the cool weather crops collards seem to be able to best take the heat.

Arugula Available

Arugula is doing well.  We have leaves available in limited sizes this week.  The plants have not really taken off yet, but they are healthy and strong.

Red Malabar and Okinawa Spinach

Our summer spinaches are slowing, but we’ll have sufficient quantities for any who are interested.  

Garden Overview

Harvests were light.

Fall seeding and garden starts are progressing nicely, although the heat is stressing the young winter greens. We did no planting this week.

Now is the time to begin planting the fall garden, and we are doing that. Try seeding, if you like.  It is still very hot – probably too hot for fall crops. Amazing, we know!  We are hitting upper 80s and low 90s, when the historical high is in the lower 80s.

Still, the cool weather crops need to get into the ground. We’ll try to plant more this week.  We’ll continue to work with tomatoes and bell peppers.

See the Share Report for all items.  

For all plantings, we use seeds from our collection or heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange (   


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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.  To learn more about Ecology Florida, please visit the website:

If you would like to support our mission and individual projects, you may share donations through our website (above) or at our mailing address:

Ecology Florida

PO Box 596

New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596

Friendship Farms & Fare reaffirms, restores, and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture

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