Out on the farm
A few weeks ago, Studio-e spent an afternoon volunteering at Gaining Ground, an organic farm in Concord that donates its produce to area food pantries and meal programs. Though we haven’t helped with raising the crops, we have been involved with the farm since 1997—raising awareness and financial support through designing its marketing and fundraising pieces.
The afternoon was warm and sunny (though thankfully not as hot as it’s been these last few days). Armed with sunblock, hats and bottled water, we made the short trip over to the farm and, led by Kayleigh, one of the assistant farmers, got to work.
Our first task was to cut and lay drip tape for irrigation, placing a strip of tape on either side of the beds. The key was to get the tape as close as possible to the plants (without crushing them, of course), so that the water would easily reach the roots.
We stopped for a water break in the shade of the farm’s pavilion. (Liz’s son especially enjoyed the hammock.)
Once we were sufficiently hydrated, we returned to the beds—this time to weed. While some of us used a scuffle hoe for the smaller weeds, others—like Liz and Lynn—used their hands to uproot the larger ones.
We then took a tour of the farm and—one of the highlights for Jess and Frank—met the pigs.
We’d like to thank Gaining Ground and farmer Kayleigh for a great afternoon.