May 29, 2013
The middle of May means we are past the frost date and forging full-fledged into the growing season. Transplants that have been nurtured all spring inside the newly renovated environmental science lab are anxiously awaiting their more-permanent homes among the fertile soils of our tilled and mulched beds.
April 23, 2013
Our farm smells of sheep! To be more precise, four-month-old male Dorper-Katahdin lambs. Their fragrant earthy and wooly smells are what I speak of, not so much their digested grass bits.
March 27, 2013
Spring is here and the Antioch Farm is in great shape to kick off our second growing season! Students working on the farm this winter have prepared beds that double last year’s annual growing area to about half an acre. We are busy planting the greenhouse for spring as well as many flats of plants to later be transplanted onto the Farm.
February 01, 2013
Despite the winter chill, the farm and its employees are cranking up the heat. Diana Harvey ’16, Sam Cottle ’16, Avigail Najjar ’16 and I have been busy.
January 01, 2013
This winter the Antioch Farm greenhouse has provided refuge from cold weather for voles and students alike. Inside, our vibrant greens hold on to life until they can grow again as the day lengthens. We weed, water, and harvest the greens through the winter, as well as add layers of woodchips to the paths. Outside the greenhouse the compost cooks into rich fertilizer and chickens make their way unbothered along the chilly ground.
December 01, 2012
The tail end of fall here has been unseasonably warm, allowing for more enjoyable farm work and enthusiastic volunteers. We've been lucky to have students from the Environmental Science class working on the farm as a class requirement, as well as other students and community members.
November 01, 2012
Frosty mornings on the farm are giving way to diminishing warm, sunny days. Each morning one of our seven student employees, made up of returning and new students, walks across the frosted grass to a mobile fence enclosure dotted with four chicken coops on the old “golf course.”
October 01, 2012
Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean we are winding down our summer growing season out at the Antioch Farm. We've had the first frost already, which hit crops in the field that we didn't cover, like tomatoes and beans that were already at the end of production.
August 01, 2012
Late summer at the farm has been primarily about reaping the benefits of all of our hard work in the last few months. Every harvest we bring in pounds of Sungold, black cherry and Brandywine tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans.
July 01, 2012
The farm has sprung to life in the last two months. We continue to build the soil fertility, which is an ongoing process. We have been laying down thick layers of crushed campus leaves and compost from both the Antioch Kitchen vegetable scrapes and local horse manure.