Weekly Farm Update

Hi Farm Friends,

I hope everyone made the most of the beautiful weather this past week! I know it’s been a long one for a lot of us, so this week’s post will be short and sweet.

Thursday the farm’s first broccoli head was ready to harvest

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Ooh, so fresh

We also found a nasty aphid infestation on one of the plants (see below). For those of you who don’t know what aphids are, they are pests that suck out the sap from the phloem of plants. With punctured phloem vessels, the plant dies, and sometimes the aphids transmit viruses to the plant. They are bad news. But they are preyed on by lady bugs, and luckily we’ve spotted many of those around the farm.

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Aphids are ew
Lady bugs: destroyers of pests
Lady bugs: Destroyers of pests

Saturday’s awesome bunch of volunteers produced really good vibes at the farm. That morning was dedicated to cleaning up the farm, pulling (so many) weeds, beginning the tire plant beds, and finally shoveling the last of the compost hill that obstructed the front gate.

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One last announcement. The lovely Development Director, Stephanie, recently announced the Sustainable Food Center will be offering a Citizen Gardener class over spring break, as well as at other dates throughout the semester. This will be a great way to learn more about organic and sustainable gardening in the Texas Hill Country, and you can bet you will see some of us there. For more information on the program, check out the SFC website.

Have a fantastic week, everyone, we hope to see you soon!

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