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Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm


During the summer season they had officers conduct independent studies for credit. Yarrow Collins spearheaded the storage crop efforts with crops including potatoes, carrots, winter squash, onions, cabbage, and beets. Yarrow and work-study students built and insulated an 8’ X 16’ root cellar chamber, funded by The Friends of the Horticulture Farm. Yarrow also worked on a farm manual, cover crop trials and planting fruit trees for Elena Graia’s Organic Fruit Production class.

On May 21st they sold their vegetables transplants, herb divisions and peach tress at the Bloom-Time Festival. Summer employees traded labor for corn with Grad student Sandra Menasha.

An independent contractor, Mike Carr, erected their new hoop-house in November with the help of Rob Ard. Vern Grubinger toured the farm on August 9th. The club at picked small fruit at: Full Moon Farm (strawberries), New Leaf Organics (raspberries), Blueberry Hill and Willow Hill Farm (blueberries). Seed saving efforts included garlic and potatoes. They did some dehydration included: hot peppers, basil, flowers and tomatoes. The fall club activities also included: a weekly student harvest until early October, cider pressing, preparing: salsa, pesto, pumpkin pie, growing winter greenhouse crops, including tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans and greens.

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