Guardian of the Pitney Meadows Community Farm

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 8.11.51 PMA beautiful red-tailed hawk flew by me as I walked toward the Gardener’s shed at sunset tonight.  The raptor glided to the top of the silo.

Graceful and silent.

It looked down towards me when I paused to take him in and then went on with his business.  I could hear its talons on the metal roof as it moved about getting a view of the farm’s fields to the east and west.

Was it looking for tasty morsel? Possibly.

If so, I left before dinner was served.

 

Deer Fencing Installed Around Gardens

Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 6.59.45 AMYesterday we installed an electric deer fence to protect the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens. The fence is on a timer and will be turned on from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

If you come to the gardens and see the fence cording is still up across the front walkway, enter through the alley between the Gardener’s Shed and Bill’s Barn.

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If the timer is off, you can lift the handle and disconnect the cord from the barn and walk through.

If you are in the gardens in the evening, and the last to leave, please re-hook the cord handle to the barn.

If we work together, we should be able to thwart the threat of deer entering our gardens.

So you know, deer hoof prints were seen in the parking lot and deer have been in other parts of the farm – sweet potatoes and the event garden. We took this action to protect the community gardeners from loss.  Please help us to keep the fence up and running.

Thank you.

And thank you to the team who helped us to install the fence: Nora, Jim, Gus, Andy, Mark, Bill, Ken and yours truly.

Natalie

 

We Were in the Daily Gazette on Sunday!

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Thank you to Photographer Erica Miller for the great job she did capturing the Sunflower Hour reading and garden craft program at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Tomatoes are Ripening

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That is the smile of a happy gardener about to eat her first tomato of the season!

There are many tomatoes and other vegetables ripe and ready to be harvested.

Gardeners, if you aren’t in town, please give us the green light to pick from your plot and bring it to the food pantry.

Thanks, Natalie

Girl Scouts Grow Food for Franklin Community Center Pantry

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 10.55.38 AM.pngBrownie troop 3031 has a plot in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens and recently donated green beans to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.

Troop leader Jen Kirchhnerr has found that recycled plastic containers are a great way to deliver the beans and other vegetables to the pantry.

These are the sort of container that strawberries, blueberries and the like are typically sold in at the supermarket.

Kirchhnerr cleans and washes the containers and reuses them when harvesting for the food pantry.

“They are a convenient size for handing out to a family,” she said.

It’s a good tip. If any gardeners have containers like these and would like to share them, you can leave the cleaned containers in the garden shed. We will use them when harvesting and sharing.

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A Wheelbarrow of Fun

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 11.48.30 AM.pngThe family of Bill Pitney, our farmer at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm, donated this wonderfully sturdy, child-size wheelbarrow to the gardens.

And it didn’t take long for one of our youngest community gardeners to find it and put it to use holding the stones he collected in the pathways.

Thank you Kate Gaba for this great addition. And thank you Ethan for your hard work. Be sure to put your time on the volunteer sheet.

 

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