Planting season has begun!

My name is Michelle Lamarre, I’m an organic major at the University of Guelph. I am lucky enough to work at the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming this season! I look forward to writing many blog posts updating everyone on the happenings at the farm as I gain valuable experience.

The days are getting warmer, the mornings are losing it’s crispness in the air. Here at the farm, Martha, Martin and Sarah have been planning for this season since February and it is very exciting to see vegetables like celery, butter lettuce, scallions and onions finally finding it’s home in the soil. Last week we planted peas, the beets we seeded two weeks ago are emerging, and kale, collard greens, lettuce are looking mighty perky and happy after we transplanted them last Thursday. On Friday, Becca seeded squash and melons in cell packs, we are very excited about the melon patch this season as Martin preps the bed that has had a clover cover crop over the winter.

On Tuesday, we had around 22 students from the University of Southern Mississippi through Project Serve come to the farm and learn about urban agriculture and the importance on knowing where your food comes from. We got so much done! Some seeded flowers in cell packs (assets in any farm, flowers attract pollinators and beneficial predator insects), others direct-seeded peas, some made valuable pathways and many carefully pulled up raspberry bushes to be transplanted in another location on the farm. It was a learning opportunity for us workers on the farm as well, we got to engage in many interesting conversations, learning about where they get their food from, and their perspectives on sustainability. Wal-Mart seemed to be the main source for their products, hopefully they were inspired to start their own gardens back home! Later that night, I ran a cooking workshop and we made many delicious foods they hadn’t had before (beet burgers, hummus, and butter tarts were on the menu). Community through food – from farm to fork! I love it!

Throughout the week the team made pathways, transplanted celery, butter lettuce, kale, collard greens, potted-up basil seedlings, transferred 65(!!) flats of tomato plants of many different varieties from the Bovey greenhouse to the farm, and prepped for the seedling/seed sale on Saturday (thanks to all who came out!).

I’m already learning so much about watering schedules, transplanting, varieties and the importance on holistically thinking about the agroecosystem is highlighted each day.

It’s going to be a great season!

Feel free to come and volunteer with us! We are at the farm Monday-Friday from 9-5.

Happy planting!!

Michelle

P.S. Here are photos of last week, courtesy of Michelle Arseneault

Wonderful seedlings for sale on Saturday

Wonderful seedlings for sale on Saturday

Transplanted celery, mulched with chopped straw

Transplanted celery, mulched with chopped straw

The students from the University of Mississippi, "Southern Miss! To the top!"

The students from the University of Mississippi, “Southern Miss! To the top!”

Martin turning over the clover cover crop (future melon patch!)

Martin turning over the clover cover crop (future melon patch!)

Becca and I transplanting scallions.

Becca and I transplanting scallions.

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2 Responses to “Planting season has begun!”
  1. Marcela says:

    Hi Michelle. I am so happy to see that more and more people are going green and organic just like me. I have found out late that you were selling organic plants so I am wondering if it’s still possible to buy some. I don’t have luck with my own plants this year. 😦 In advance thank you for your reply. Sincerely Marcela

    • michellelamarre says:

      Hi Marcela!

      I’m glad you are reading our blog posts!
      Please check back after this week, we are planting our warm season crops right now (tomatoes, peppers, etc.) and we do not know how many we will have afterwards. We also have celery, celeriac, perennial and annual herbs available, but again, we’re still planting. So check back!

      Thanks!

      Michelle

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