We’ve reached 200 CSA members for the first time in Fifth Crow history!!

Rains. Here we are again racing against time to get all the necessary crops in or covered before the rains came last week. We call this rain pressure.. The crew has been working hard trying to bring in all the dry beans & covering the winter squash that are curing in the fields with tarps. Those particular crops take first priority because we will lose them to the rain. The next priority is getting all the outdoor tomatoes, peppers, & berries harvested before the rains. Once the rain hits those crops they are toast. The flowers are no exception and the ladies along with our flower harvesting master Porfirio have been ramping up their harvests to get as many flower in from the fields as possible. Since Friday and Saturday are two of our largest harvest days and fall on the same days as the expected storm we have to alter our harvesting procedures. Which crops take precedent and which need to be excluded from the list? Harvesting in the rain and mud means a much slower process and it can be hard to make those decisions but necessary for the big picture. We are all so grateful to the crew for facing the elements head on and with smiles! Above from left to right: Lena, Esteban, Erica, Profirio, Ali, Victor, Raul, & Ramiro. That’s a Romanesco cauliflower that Profirio is holding and if you can make out the white square on the front of the gator, that’s their load list nicely clung to the hood by the aqua!

On the up side of things… we got our Westland property connected to irrigation, tilled, and have sown our winter crops!! There is little chance of freezing at that property unlike here at the farm which can happen at any moment but typically the frost season here is around Thanksgiving until April.

Our very own beekeeper is speaking at a symposium in South Carolina regarding sustainable infrastructure. He will be speaking about urban bee stewardship. http://gsabizwire.com/wofford-to-host-reimagining-infrastructure-symposium