Monday, April 24, 2006

the many Burlingtons

This one of the views coming up the hill from Intervale, something Rachel and I do at least once a day. I have to admit I like it, it's easy to romantisize train tracks, which you see people walking in the direction of Winooski on everyday, especially if there are mountains behind it. Having the farm be part of an urban thing is pretty great - I like the idea of them merging more. And it seems like lots of technologies plus the always inventive bricoluer (jack-of-all-trades) farmer is the one to make it happen.

Talk about intensive farming, Rachel and I had dinner with Mara and Spencer Welton, who run Half Pint Farm: They do A LOT of stuff on one acre and have found amazing ways of providing themselves a sustainable wage using tools like the greenhouse, in ways I certainly hadn't thought of. I'm also happy to report that we didn't only talk about farming. Also wanted to put this in cause isn't that part of the fun of blogs: people were having dinner with you and they didn't think it would be part of the public record.

Anyways, I'm happy to report we have a South end Pick up Location, I'll put the address on here in a few days. I will be cutting up the potatoes tonight, which if you didn't know is how you get the new potatoes: each potato can be cut into at least three or four sections (each should have one eye, which will become the first root), though if you are really trying to stretch your dollar you can probably get like seven or eight cuts. Next, you throw them in the ground, a few inches deep, and wait for the plants to come up.

Those are the many Burlingtons. These two shots, Rachel and I in front of Cold frame and close-up of Stuff you may soon be eating in it, you can kinda see how we roll down the plastic tent to keep it all warm on cold nights.


Blogger pvt pyle said...

I wish you luck in your venture and will follow your exploits from the NE Kingdom.

A question: Did you build those cold frames yourself? If so, where did you get the plans or/ would you be willing to share the dimensions?


11:13 PM, May 07, 2006  
Blogger Josh May said...

pvt pyle, we did not build the cold frames ourself but rather inherited them from the intervale scrap pile, they are, or can be, pretty effective, the tent thing makes them good for not overheating the plants.

9:21 AM, May 08, 2006  
Blogger pvt pyle said...

Thanks....they looked simple yet really effective.

11:39 AM, May 08, 2006  

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