RAIN! After such a wet spring, we never thought we'd be excited for it to come back. However, the heavens have opened and provided some desperately needed rain (over 2 inches this week) and temperature relief. As a result, things at The Farm are starting to buzz once again & we are in the process of executing plans for a bountiful Fall harvest.
This week was a critical period as we desperately needed to start planting Fall crops. We asked for your help & you came to help in a big way! We are so thankful for the many individuals and families that came out on Friday & Saturday to accomplish the day's work. You made this happen, and we are honored to watch it all unfold. Still have work to do, but things are on track.
Gary's Weekly Update & Our Incredible Community
It's planting time at The Farm! Over the next two weeks we will be working to put as many plants and seeds into the ground as possible. We have a small window, but so far so good. Last week we planted over 500 broccoli plants and approximately 200 cabbage plants. We have a lot more to put in the ground, so if you're interested in coming out to The Farm to help we could use it.
We have extended our Friday & Saturday planting times & would invite you to come and spend some time planting these fall crops.
Unfortunately, it looks like we won't have any corn this year, but the okra, tomatoes, herbs, and squash are continuing to produce nicely. We should have some beans ready in the coming weeks which will add some of the variety that has been lacking.
Harvest, Planting & Hunger Relief Update
Harvest amounts this past week continue to be lowers due to loss of the corn. However, The Farm is still producing and the crops we are putting into the ground right now should provide a nice fall harvest.
This week we harvested 156 pounds of food from The Farm with 46 pounds going to hunger relief. We also distributed 96 eggs towards hunger relief this week to help offset the lower vegetable harvest.
This brings our season to date harvest to exactly 5,155 pounds with 45% (or 2,334 pounds) of the total harvest being given to local hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas!
Additional, we have harvested 877 eggs this season and have been able to donate 40% of those eggs to local hunger relief.
We are in the early stages of planning our Fall Harvest Party, so save the date for Saturday, October 22nd. We'll have all kinds of fun activities including the chance to pick your own pumpkins and enjoy the fruits of the season's labor.
More information to come & if you would like to volunteer to help plan or prepare we'd love the extra hands.