Last week we were fortunate to be the host of a high school AP, (advanced placement) Environmental Studies class. All of the students were either in their junior or senior year of studies.
As it has been with all school groups that have visited our farm, it was a productive visit on both sides. The students were exposed to what makes our Certified Organic farm different from a conventional one. I covered briefly the differences in our cultivation practices, type of materials used with soil amendments such as fertilizers, (e.g. Soybean meal for a nitrogen source, and pasteurized poultry litter for phosphorus and potassium), to the classes of pesticides used in organic production, (i.e. environmentally friendly, botanical or biological in nature).
Three items that are in the CSA shares this week were harvested by some of the students. They were; sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. Rest assured, I did not make them harvest your CSA veggies, they simply dug their own samples to take back with them to try at home.
As the insurance Gecko lizard says in some commercials, “The Big Ahhh Ha!” for me was to realize that most of the students in this group could not identify the type of vegetables growing in the fields. This was from a distance of a few feet, looking at the leaves of the plants, just prior to digging them up. You’ll be happy to know that my Eye Brows have returned to their normal resting position on my forehead, although it did take a few hours for them to do that.
Hoping by now, everyone in our CSA can pick out their veggies by name.
Fred & Karen