This week we are busy seeding up leeks for fall and winter, 300 trays— roughly 58,000 plants. It may seem so early in the season, but these slow-growing, cold-tolerant, non-bulbing Alliums are the second and final succession. These veggies love the warmer, 77 degree F soil temps to germinate and will remain in the greenhouse for several weeks. We love our little leek pencils as they stand so tall and straight compared to the leafy, fluffy lettuces and brassicas.
Spring rain has returned with many of our favorite songbirds and the air is filled with incredible sounds and smells. Although there is less human presence outside these days during the pandemic, flora and fauna species are very lively and abundant.
This last week, we celebrated Earth Day and urge all of you to linger in the moment and make it last as long as possible. As many are staying at home, you can still access amazing organizations, learn, connect and understand, how ever small, your efforts make a difference! Patagonia Action Works is a great place to start, as you can see their 1538 Environmental grantees filtered to your local region. There is something for all: climate, land, water, biodiversity, communities and, of course, farming and food.
Food is more than what we eat, it’s a medium through which we can experience intimate, meaningful relationships. Our farm has always celebrated a diverse community with an alliance of people and partner organizations who are committed to social and environmental change. We hope that you can take a moment and enjoy the beauty of our wonderful earth, find a new organization at the grass-roots level and dig in. As we all recognize that food workers and farm workers have always been “essential,” it is now more important than ever to rally for their equal benefits and safety. Foodfirst.org has many important articles surrounding these issues as we become more aware of historical injustices to fight for safer work environments. Our new farm favorite, as we are in constant desire for bird love 24/7, is Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Founded in 1934, more than 85 years ago, it is the first sanctuary in the world to be set aside for raptors, conservation and monitoring yet another example of grass-roots movements improving the welfare of our entire ecosystem.
Stay safe and eat well. Make sure to find us on Instagram @fullcirclefarms.