While there is not a lot that can endure the dogged days of winter, there is one wild edible that can be seen holding tenaciously to the frozen ground, reaching its limbs through cracks in the ice and breaks in the snow, and populating the pathways in our high tunnels. UTC/NF farmer Rachel de Vitry shares her insights on Chickweed, a surprisingly resilient cold hardy vegetable that makes a happy home on our farm:
Spring is a busy season at UTC. Between finishing high tunnel and rainwater catchment construction, building the washing pavilion, and preparing all of the gardens for spring planting, you’d hardly know we’re still in the middle of winter. And this spring, we’re adding another two beehives to the farm to pollinate crops, teach kids about insect-ecosystem relationships, and produce golden, treatment-free West Philly honey!
Despite the recent cold temperatures, crops are still growing (spinach, lettuce, kale, collards, carrots), and production space is expanding with the construction of the high tunnel. Photos by Sue Witte.
lettuce-butterleaf, spring mix
Tomatoes- red, green, slicers, cherry, pear, zebra tomatoes and more
Kale- Tuscan and Red Russian
Herbs- thyme, sage, parsley, thai basil
See you for the markets on what should be a sunny Saturday!
Record-breaking amounts of bell peppers for our farm!
First fall harvest of lettuce!