Week One at the Farm is done and I am already blown away by how much I have learned! I transplanted flowers into the cut flower garden, learned how to start seeds in seed trays for the greenhouse, pulled lots of weeds, and learned about fungi. Each time I showed up, I did something I had never done before (except for pulling weeds) and learned something new. The other Farmers know so much about soil and varietals and keeping plants alive, so I have been trying to learn from them.
Each Intern chooses a project to focus on for the semester. I have chosen Cut Flower Production as my project. I will plant and tend to the cut flower garden. Our cut flowers are sold to the Floral Design department at A&M and Ronin Cooking, a local farm to table restaurant. We also make flower arrangements to sell on Thursdays at the Farm and Saturdays at the Farmers Market in Downtown Bryan. I will learn about cutting flowers for arrangements and creating arrangements! We transplanted seedlings from the greenhouse into the flowerbed this week, but a downpour pummeled the young plants. Some of them died and had to be pulled, but the majority seem like they will make it.
Finally, I spent my last day working at the Farm pulling lots of weeds from the soybean beds and planting radishes between the rows. I also watered the pepper plants (planted earlier in the week) with a solution mixed with Mycorrhizal fungi. The fungi have a symbiotic relationship with the plants and colonize the plants’ root systems. The fungi increase water and nutrient intake for the plant, in exchange for some of the carbohydrates the plant produces. The fungi also act as an extension to the root system, allowing the plant’s roots to go deeper to get more nutrients for the plant.