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Sunday Seeding and Harvest at Nook & Cranny.


Seeding day & Harvest day

Boxes were nearly finished by the time I arrived at the farm

It’s the final week for the Early Spring Greens Share


And both on-farm interns are settled in

 Bob decides the final positioning for the radishes  

he likes vegetables in boxes to be aligned the same way

All just-so.

 Team Work   

Spinach, Radishes, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Kale, Bok Choi, & some Pea Shoots 

Heat-loving plants are in the greenhouse

Here are Peppers & Eggplant

There’s also Tomatoes, Okra, & Curcubits – like Summer Squash and Cucumbers.


In the tunnel nearby are Beans, Basil, Celeriac, & Lettuce 

Bob picked out the day’s varieties for the seeding

Zippy-doodle Chosen packs rest upon sacks of potatoes awaiting planting

Bulls Blood Beets – for Beet Greens, 5 types of Winter Squash, 3 types of Lettuce, 2 types of Dandelion Greens, & 3 types of Storage Cabbage Harvest was almost complete 

Boxes covered & tidying up


Other holds down the Yin principle 


While Bob writes up the day’s goodness on the chalkboard 

 I set to filling trays

 With the assistance of Other

 And Sebastian

 Handsome bullfrog nearby


There were two types of Baby Blue Hubbard squash 

 & this one, too

Same vegetable, different variety, mind blown


Here’s a variety of Kabocha type called Sweet Mama

 And another Kabocha

(These are my favorite…)

 Holy wowie there is fringe on the Waltham Butternut!!

This is the classic Butternut squash.

Great Keeper.

 And another favorite, Honeynut

For a rich story on the Honeynut squash, click on the link.

A visit to the Cathedral at day’s end to say hello to the plantlings

Then it was time to head back to the house sitting home & tend to the four-leggeds


 & Rosie

…Today it’s a Transition day for me, heading home after a stretch at the Northside house.

Blessings on the day

I’m grateful to be a part of something larger than myself, working at Nook & Cranny

Blessings on the Small Organic Farms everywhere.

Yesterday’s anniversary of return.

(This photo is from Friday…)  
But, Yesterday

Sunday May 3rd, 2015

Was the anniversary day of my return to upstate New York in 2006.

This is Oni

(In his mouth is “fingies”, with which he would play fetch)

He was my beloved companion for 10 1/2 years, 

And on this date, nine years ago we stayed the night in an unheated, uninsulated “shackette” back in upstate New York.

That night the tempreture dropped down to 23 degrees (ferenheit) & the following day, began my apprenticeship on a small, organic, horse-powered farm.

It was one of the best experiences of my life.


My dear one, Oni.

A big thanks to my Dad who drove nearly the entire journey from the Mojave desert to Chicago.

A big thanks to my Mom who arranged the moving & storage of all my furniture.

A big thanks to my sister who was away during that interim time & who offered to let me & Oni stay in her apartment for a few days before He & I made the final drive back to New York.

So I suppose it was fitting that I was at Nook & Cranny yesterday, 9 years since returning to farm, seeding & transplanting while harvest carried on.

It’s too hot for me in the greenhouse now, so I commandeered the egg-cleaning station to work

Other joined the fun.

 Share member’s boxes all lined up slowly being filled with the goodness 

Not too much seeding yesterday – I did most of it Friday – only 5 trays.

3 okra & 2 cucumbers – four varieties.

(Okra!!!!! Pickling cucumbers!!!!!)


Then onto transplanting 211 Brussels sprout seedlings.

…which took quite a few hours…  

Mesclun mix hydro cooled & rinsed in the greenhouse sinks getting its final picking through by Bob before getting bagged up in the barn

These large trays have a wire mesh bottom for the water to drain

At the end of harvest, Bob does a final look over of the boxes

So much beauty!

Radishes, lettuce heads, kale, mustard greens (purple & green bunches), broccoli raab, mesclun mix, arugula, spinach, & braising mix.

Holy greens, Batman.

Then they are all covered up with a sheet of plastic to protect them from any debris


Growing season has begun.

It’s still quite the February here

With lots of snow cover & temperatures beginning to swing up to the high 20s during the daytime

This is the logo at a small CSA I’m working for

True to its name, the 2 acre organic farm is planted wherever there is space to grow something

Today was my first day back seeding lettuce & alliums

My friend Bob & his sons already had started hearty greens the day before

As I prepared the seeding mix

Bob tidied up the other half of the greenhouse

I have no idea how he rolled the remay into such a tidy ball, but there it was

He runs a tight ship, keeping things organized & easy to use when needed

It was downright balmy in the greenhouse

But the water was ice cold, so I wore rubber gloves while filling trays with the damp seeding mix

As I prepared the trays
Bob began to work on the scallions

And I began the lettuces
2 to 3 in each cell

Such tiny seeds…

The sun came out & it got hot in the greenhouse
Which was surprising & bizarre…
As it has maybe been 6 months since it was last that warm…

Bob got the fans going & reset the thermostats so the fans would turn on automatically

We finished up the rest of the onions & shallots
27 trays in all
With more to come next week

I hope to interview Bob about Nook & Cranny some time soon