Reflections on the 2021 Growing Season by Farm Manager Lisa Miskelly
2021 marked many firsts for LaFarm: our first year collaborating with The Landis Center to host 6 first-year students for 3-days of service learning during Pre-Service Orientation Program; our first year hosting an on-campus day of service in collaboration with Landis and SEES, LaFarmapalooza, with over 70 volunteers passing through LaFarm on one stunning Saturday; the first year that the Environmental Studies and Science Programs offered green cords to our graduating seniors in recognition of their contributions on-campus in sustainability, food and farm, and environmental stewardship.
2021 was our first season growing in our high tunnel which allowed us to harvest lettuces, spinach, arugula, and carrots for our dining halls earlier than ever before, with deliveries starting up in late April and our on-farm pick-ups beginning in late May. Strawberry season was mind-blowingly & mouth-wateringly delicious, with 886 pounds of perfectly-ripe strawberries picked and sold, though, if we’re being honest, the real number might be double this for all the berries our crew–and, er, farm manager–may or may not have consumed in the field.
Our on-campus market returned, our Orientation Leaders came back to LaFarm for our favorite day of the year (the most energetic winter squash harvest any farm has seen), and our farm students continued to bring their love and passion for food, soil, and justice to their life on-farm and in-the-classroom.
Thanks for being part of LaFarm, from seed to plate, it has been a remarkable delight to farm with you. Big changes coming in 2022!
Your Farm Manager, Lisa
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