These Days…

Well Shareholders let’ see…I’ve been out walking. I don’t do that much talking…these days. These days I seem to think a lot about the things that I forgot to do…

Just kidding! Almost. I have been out walking these days: around my fields! And I haven’t had a moment to stop planting, let alone write to you all! As for the forgetfulness…I make long lists and try to take it one day at a time. Yes, the days of a full time farmer are full of sun and wind and soil and toil.

Since I wrote last I have finished my semester at Millersville University and am now able to devote everyday to the plants. Hundreds perhaps over a thousand tomato, pepper and eggplants have been transplanted. Today I worked on the three sisters: corn, beans and squash/melons. I planted three varieties of sweet corn and countless varieties of pole, snap, string, dry and bush bean.

I was first introduced to the three sisters in the southern highlands of Guatemala. Although new to me at the time this idea is not a novelty. It’s ancient agricultural wisdom!

So…how it works is the squash/melons provide shade for the soil which retains moisture and discourages weeds. The beans fix nitrogen, the corn loves nitrogen. The corn allows the beans to climb it’s sturdy stalks and the corn also provides shade for the beans and the squash. What a lovely sisterhood no?

So theses are my days…these days. I think there is nothing better in this world than to be the the architect of your own garden. As well as walking, I am also watching and waiting these days. Merely a witness to the miraculous formation of  tiny seeds into the fruiting citadel of my labors.

I cant wait to meet all of you shareholders. See you in three weeks!

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About cmbrady8

Caitlin Brady is excited for the opportunity to work as the farmer in residence at Heritage Creek Farm this coming season. Caitlin spent her childhood and teenage years on a diversified family farm in Northwestern Missouri. She has worked on a variety of farms, ranging from the bountiful fields of tobacco, grapes, corn and soy in Missouri, to the coffee cliffs of Guatemala, organic heirloom vegetables in Silver Spring, PA, and organic cranberry bogs of Cape Cod, MA. In 2010 she rode the train to Lancaster, PA and witnessed for the first time the rich agricultural heritage this county has to offer. It was love at first sight and in 2011 she settled in among the bountiful farm fields of Lancaster County where she started Blue Rock Farm, an organic vegetable farm and CSA. Blue Rock Farm is committed to being a good neighbor in our community and a careful steward of the land. We grow healthy, tasty vegetables without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Our gardens and greenhouse are Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

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