Organic Farming at Wellesley College

This blog documents the progress of organic farming initiatives at Wellesley College. A group of students at Wellesley College has worked since 2007 to create and maintain a productive, ecological, and attractive farm throughout the year, and to create awareness of food justice issues in and beyond our community. Stay tuned for pictures and posts about our plans, setbacks, ideas, and harvest! Special thanks to: Jo and Eliza Murphy for getting this farm started [ read about it at: Wellesley Organic Farm. ] ; to everyone at the greenhouse for helping us learn how to farm [ Wellesley College Greenhouse]; and to the members of Regeneration and the Wellesley community for your continued enthusiasm and support! Thanks for stopping by! Your visit is #
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It’s looking a little bleak outside, so here are some pictures of our fall bounty to bring some color to your day!

Stop by the leaky beaker at WC Science Center to sample some tasty snack 3-4 PM Tomorrow 11/9/2013!

Regeneration Contra with Perpetual E-motion!

Colorful halloween harvest!

Fall on the plot!

Happy Harvest! This week the plot is lush with fresh greens. With swiss chard, pok choy, lettuce, and blackberries available for sale next week it’s easy to feel the abundance of summer. 

We saw the last of our peas harvested this week, and we are now preparing to fill their old bed with transplanted flowers. Though the EHSA internship will draw to a close in only two weeks, we have plenty of fruits and vegetables to look forward to through the fall (broccoli, carrots, corn, cucumbers and others will hopefully be waiting for us when we return next semester). 

Peas&Beets,

Chloe

This is a little late, but check out this awesome alum in Louisiana! Amelia, you’re an inspiration!

Here are some updates on the plot. Greenery! Little fruits! Hope for a fall bounty!

Hello internet! Can you think of a better way to start the day than 7 AM compost collection? NOPE, US EITHER.

The summer compost program has been in full swing, with twice weekly food scrap pick ups from Bates and McAfee. We collect the buckets, wash them out, and return them. Here is an adorable photo of us washing out the buckets:

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We’ve also started putting shredded paper in the buckets to reduce the smell between collections. Summer residents, let us know if you think this is actually working!

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Then, we take the food scraps back to the Regeneration plot, to our 3-bin compost system. We dump the food scraps into the first bin, and then dump a whole bunch of brown matter on top. Today we used a combination of shredded paper and wood shavings from Wellesley’s animal labs. Here’s a satisfying picture of our compost bins:

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See that middle bin? THAT IS ALL NEW COMPOST FROM SUMMER FOOD SCRAPS! Science!

This is pretty cool. Nice to see what our options are in our summer-long battle against mosquitoes.

Okay folks, here’s the ordering deal: every week, we’ll update the order form, which can be found below this hunk of text, to the right in our list of links, and at the URL www.tinyurl.com/regen-order. We’ll harvest TWICE, TWICE, TWICE weekly! Here’s what some of our customers this summer have said already about the online ordering system:

"Great!"

"Really easy!"

"The radishes and chives were delicious."

…and there you have it. Order today for Thursday delivery or pick up!

Check out this great video by Wellesley Media of the pergola building day we had last semester!

wellesleymag:

Thanks to everyone who helped us identify the student with the chive-bedecked tam, Carly Gayle ’13.

We emailed Carly, who replied (from a boat!) with the story behind the chives:

"The night before graduation, my friends in the Sustainability Cooperative were creating pins, stoles, and crowns to commemorate the beloved parts of their Wellesley experiences. I spied a bowl full of chive flowers on the kitchen table; I weaved them into a square mat, then stitched it onto my tam with embroidery floss. The chives are from the Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden, a place dear to my heart. Crafting and laughing with friends was a beautiful way to spend my last night at Wellesley, and I enjoyed the opportunity to showcase an ‘ordinary’ plant in a new way to deepen folks’ appreciation of edible plants.

I love that we could personalize our graduation attire to reflect how each of us found ourselves and blossomed at Wellesley.”

Thanks, Carly. Wishing you smooth sailing.

Nothing beats Carly’s chive tam!

Welcome baby medlar!

Last week, Regeneration Student Farm put in a new medlar tree and removed one that was no longer doing well. Originally, summer interns (like us!) chose to plant a medlar tree because this species tends to have few pest problems and produces fruit in the winter, when other fruits are typically not available locally. Medlar fruit must be “bletted” before it becomes edible, in other words you must wait for the fruit to soften before you can eat it. Our little medlar is actually grafted to a Hawthorn root stock, which is common for this type of tree. We also planted yarrow around the tree circle, which should help to attract pollinators and ensure good fruit harvests.