My fourth week at Howdy Farm has come and gone. This week I was a bit sad when I heard we harvested just about everything, but the new life we planted quickly dispelled my winter blues. The weather continued to be chilly in the mornings with brilliant sunlight. I was feeling like this amazing winter weather would never end when it was suddenly interrupted by a wave of warm air and humidity. While I was happy not to be so bundled up, I am sure the plants did not share my feelings. Nevertheless, we planted many different plant varieties for the upcoming spring.
The last of the harvest ended with a new found personal favorite: kale. My whole life I was opposed to the idea of its bitter tough texture, but after sampling the beautiful varieties planted by Howdy Farm, I think my opinion has changed. The kale varieties we harvested included green curly leaves, leaves with small purple veins, and flat, long shaped Lacinato kale. The flavors were strong, but along with its color, boasted its exemplary nutrient density. This kale was harvested by snapping the leaves downward for quick removal followed by a quick wash. The Northgate Juice Joint purchased the whole harvest. It is so awesome to see local businesses reaching out to Howdy Farm to be a part of the sustainable, local food movement. I am so lucky to be a part of the positive influence Howdy Farm has on enhancing the sustainability of the BCS area.
After our last harvest, we began planting. The first step was planting potatoes. Earlier in the week, we took a special variety of potatoes for planting that had little buds speckling the skin and cut them into fourths so each section had at least one bud. We let a callus form over the cut side by air drying it in good circulation. The potato fourths were planted as deep as possible, with the cut sides down, and about a food apart in the raised beds by the compost area. Each potato fourth has all the energy it needs to send up a shoot and start growing to produce up to 8 potatoes per plant. Expect a great potato crop in the near future!