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Guest post: Daniel Macphee, Farm Manager and Educator

June 1, 2010

If you’ve ever stepped on the Yale Farm, then you’ve met Daniel. He works closely with our student farm manager and our volunteers alike, making sure the Farm is beautiful and healthy. Today, Daniel welcomes our six summer farm interns.

As spring slips leisurely into summer, everything accelerates in the garden.  Our perennial beds are exploding with vibrant blooms and busy insects, warm-season weeds are breaking dormancy to harass our early carrots and salad greens, and, most importantly, our new crop of summer interns embark today upon a season of labor and learning on the Yale Farm.  With their arrival, we release the clutch and take off into the summer growing season.  From day one, they will be learning by doing — clearing the hoophouses of early spring greens to plant tomatoes and grain, hilling potatoes, harvesting for market, propagating seedlings, and defending our urban acre from the weeds that never seem to rest.  In addition to farm work, they will have a weekly seminar, field trips to local farms, and cooking lessons.

We will be taking a break from volunteer workdays while the new interns get settled in, but starting June 17th, we encourage you all to join us for our summer drop-in volunteer days anytime between 9:00 am–4:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.  If weekdays don’t work for your schedule — please come visit us at the Wooster Square Farmers’ Market on Saturdays 9:00 am–1:00 pm, or join us Sunday, June 20, for our next Community Farm Day.

Also, for those of you with gardens at home, we will be giving away extra seedlings this Friday from 11:00 am–4:00 pm under the pavilion at the farm.  There will be tomatoes, squash, cucumber, herbs, lettuce, flowers, and more…

Hope to see you on the farm!

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