Big things have been happening at the farm in the past few months. Somehow we went from acquiring the land to selling our own farm grown produce in the Co-op, before we knew it! So here’s a little break down to catch you up on what has been going on.
The chickens moved into their fancy new home and are loving it. In fact, the hens laid their first eggs a few weeks ago! It won’t be long before they will be producing enough for us to sell in the store.
We hired two awesome Assistant Farm Managers Chelsea Graves and Conor Rice and a Farm Team Member, Peyton Wilson, who have all been phenomenally helpful in getting things up and running.
Assistant Farm Manager Chelsea Graves
(Left to Right) Assistant Farm Manager Conor Rice, Farm Team Member Peyton Wilson
Thanks to the hard work and long hours of our farm staff, one hoop house has been completed and another is under construction. Our cardboard recycling program is in its beginning stages with cardboard from the Grandin store being placed in the trench that runs through the center of the hoop house.
The next step will be to add worms which will digest the cardboard and turn it into fertile soil for the plants! We also planted a variety of veggies, which have all done extremely well and…
We are now selling some of that fresh produce in our store on Grandin! We have two different kinds of salad mix (Asian Blend and Salad Blend) as well as delicious radishes. We also have quite a few seedlings available outside at our seedling sale. In fact, most of the plants available at the seedling sale were potted and cared for at the farm.
And finally, Sean, Chelsea, and Conor successfully introduced 20 thousand bees into their 6 hives on a hill overlooking the farm. The bees will help with pollenating the produce on the farm and will eventually produce enough honey for us to sell.
Farm Coordinator Sean Jordan, left, helps Conor Rice install bee hives
So, as you can tell, a lot has happened and will continue to happen at the Co-op’s Heritage Point Farm, the largest contiguous urban farm in the United States.