2020 JOURNAL - FARMING IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

OURNAL - FARMING IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC - MICHAEL'S MUSINGS
Posted 6/12/2020 2:18pm by Esther.

JOURNAL #12 

FARMING DURING A PANDEMIC

Michael Tabor

June 12, 2020

We’re proud to have a strong activist farm staff this season.  We knew they would be good, committed workers, but we had no idea the extent of their passion for social justice.  So, last Saturday, after a very early start to drive to our first Adams Morgan Saturday farm market, Charmaine, our farm manager extraordinaire, drove Emma, Laura and Xandra downtown so they could participate in the peaceful demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality and the current corrupt police culture. 

They didn’t just march; they made contact with groups distributing free food and drinks for the demonstrators and discussed how we might donate some of our produce once our fields start producing with more abundance.  Due to weather, our fields are a bit off track for this time of year, but the staff has confidence and determination our fields will blossom enough to fulfill our CSA, market, gleaning and wholesale needs with additional produce to contribute to supporting the demonstrators. When I went to the demonstrations on Sunday, I also found at least 4 free food, water and snack tables and met Jose Andres’ folks providing free sandwiches. Our markets are having a slow start. 

Our customers take a few weeks to make the market part of their weekly routines so we are hoping, that with the increase in seasonal veggie and fruit, more folks will start showing up.  This week we’ll have lots of produce. So put on your schedules our Saturday Adams Morgan market (8am – 12:30pm at 18th Street and Columbia Rd) and Tuesday evenings from 4:00 – 6:30 at the Brookland Metro, under the bridge at 10th and Otis.

Last week’s CSA farm share included a bunch of decorative wheat.  On the Licking Creek Bend Farm we use the grain as a “cover crop” planted between strips of plants, including scallions, tomatoes and garlic.  The wheat keeps the top soil from eroding during heavy storms and brings up nutrients deep in the earth that helps restore the earth, especially when mixed with clover, rye and other restorative plants and legumes.

 

But, what should be of interest to folks interested in the connection between religions and agriculture is that this is also the time of the wheat harvest that coincides with at least 2 ancient Near East spring festivals – Shavuot and Pentecost.

Pentecost (the 50th day) is the festival celebration of the feast of first fruits of the grain (wheat) harvest and was reckoned by the counting of 7 weeks (called the Omer) from the beginning of the Barley harvest (that coincides with the time of Passover).  Both grains were planted in the fall (October) after the first rains (and the harvesting of olives, grapes and other late summer crops coinciding with the Jewish holiday Sukkot). The tradition was to beat palm tree branches on the ground next to the alter to anticipate the coming of the rains and the planting of barley and wheat (the holiday of Hoshana Raba).

One symbolic connection with Christianity is that, like wheat, grain must “die” in order to be consumed and in the fall, new seeds are planted – resurrecting a new wheat crop.

Over 40 years ago, when, as a young farmer, I started to understand the connection between the agricultural traditions and the origins of Judaism.  Periodically, I would be invited to religious school classes to talk about my relationship to Judaism as a farmer. At that time, some of the teachers were uncomfortable with my interpretation of agriculture and its connections with faith celebrations as being akin to “paganism”, while the students seemed fascinated.

I trust that has changed and is less threatening especially with the emergence of younger Jewish farmers who will or are gaining the insight that holidays and festivals are “layered” in earlier agricultural celebrations.

Let’s hope that today’s religious educators have expanded their teaching of Shavuot, for example, as not only about the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses but connected to its historical agricultural roots.

Last Sunday I went to the White House area to be among the demonstrations.  I was able to maintain social distancing and staying out of harm’s way.  I was struck by the lack of older folks (elders!) at the BLM demonstrations.  Our daughter said, “This is my generation’s struggle.” 

It’s a comfort to know that our passion from the ‘60’s to speaking out against an unjust war and civil rights continues in new forms and passion.  But it’s still in us, so join me next Sunday (meet at the Takoma Metro station at 1:30pm), with masks and we’ll bring our voices to the cause.  Let me know at 240 505-6282 or email. See you at our markets and in the struggle.

Posted 6/5/2020 4:39pm by Esther.

Farming During a Pandemic Journal #8, May 17, 2020

Licking Creek Bend Farm

Michael Tabor Arriving at the farm on a cloudy, windy, wet, cold day felt like I took a trip back to November.  Sunday morning, May 10th, brought a frost with 20° temperature.  Most of our tomatoes in the high tunnel were wiped out.  About 20% of the new needles on the Douglas Fir trees were also damaged (see the brown on the tree) but the other varieties of Christmas Trees are fine.  Some of the summer squash even under 3 layers of protective cover were hurt.      

On the positive side, the new apples seem unhurt and we're waiting to see about the pears, peaches and other fruit.  The spring garden has been filled with compost and ready for planting.  Our "hardening" green house is bulging with beets, swiss chard, broccoli, kale and more. These will be transplanted this week.  Our overwintering herbs, left at a neighbor's greenhouse, that came back loaded with white flies (a common occurance), are now free of insects due to the soapy spray we used and are ready for transplant. 

Our onions are all coming up and we'll have plenty of green and purple scallions for our CSA customers and farm markets.  The garlic is ready to send up their "scapes" that will also be available for making pesto and in any dish where tasty garlic is warranted (that could be all dishes!).        

Dawn broke on Tuesday with clouds filling the sky.  Temperatures are supposed to be sunny in the 80's at the end of the week but this morning it is 37°. I'm munching on cooked apples, cinnamon and oats with my morning coffee.  I'm hoping for no wind or rain so I can spray all the nutritious potions on the trees.  A farmer has to be optimistic - cynicism or negativity is not an option      .

On Wednesday it's again 37° and I'm going to finish spraying the fruit trees that have exchanged their blossoms for leaves.  The "Surround", a protective clay combined with an organic spray will hopefully discourage the plum cucurlio, the scourge of our fruit trees.  The staff started their day using 4 gallon solo backpacks (picture of Laura) to reach areas of the trees I couldn't spray. I spent a good chunk of the day working with the Christmas trees.  Rather than use herbicides, I burned the spots where I'll plant this year with a propane torch and kill the weeds and ready the ground for this year's seedlings.  Our trees, when they're ready in 8-15 years, are  mostly bought for many many years by the same customers who appreciate pesticide-free, sustainably grown methods.  Next week we're planting 200 trees to replace those sold last Christmas.  

The nights on the farm are very quiet so here's a bonus memory from my early days on the farm. ....

"TRAVELING THE BACK ROADS SO I WOULDN'T GET WEIGHED" When I first started farming in 1972, I wasn’t able to “break even” – the cost of raising and harvesting feed (oats, wheat and Corn) was simply too much for me to afford to nurture the hogs, sheep (over 100!) and goats (we made cheese). So, I started searching for ways I could earn some cash to support the farm operation. This is often the way a lot of farms operate – the wife or husband holds down an outside job in order to pay farm bills.  I also started growing vegetables and there were several fruit trees already on the farm I started caring for. What I did do was an adventure and gamble and, I suppose I can talk about since the “statute of limitations” is long past.  It was probably highly illegal and could have cost me jail time (I’d been arrested a few times at civil rights and anti-war protests). I bought an old dual-rear end stick-shift “International 45” truck with a 20 foot body and 6 wheels, loaded it up with over 300 boxes of apple cider pressed in Fredereick, MD and trucked it down to 2 Florida co-ops and a community health food store near Sarasota.

I came back with a pre-ordered load of pesticide-free citrus – Duncan grapefruit, Mineola oranges, avocados and other pesticide-free fruits that were not available in stores because they had not been dyed, waxed and factory processed.  I went around from family orchard to co-ops and filled the truck with fruit prohibited by the Florida Citrus Commission (“Come to the Florida Citrus Tree” song by Anita Bryant, songstress of the Industry). The corporate-growers and processors felt that un-processed Florida citrus was not pretty enough to compete with California’s which was not as tasty by prettier.  So only processed citrus was allowed to be sold out of state and by limiting the amount, the prices were artificially inflated. I smuggled the citrus out of the state, through the back roads (…..”so I wouldn’t get weighed”) in the dead of night, through swamp land. 

The Industry had armed guards protecting the Suannee River boundary and could legally pursue you if spotted, into Georgia. (Eventually I did get caught and jailed one time, but that’s another story). So, I took the pre-ordered citrus to the Washington area co-ops – Glut, Beautiful Day Trading Company, Stone Soup and Fields of Plenty (such wonderful names!), TPSS and Bethesda Co-ops as well as our farmers market in Adams Morgan, one of the first neighborhood market in the DC area. 

I want to be clear, that was in my “yute” (I'm from Brooklyn in the 50's) and our markets today are completely compliant with all government regulations and we don't sell produce not grown in our region! Eventually I sold all my animals and for the last 43 years have been growing pesticide-free vegetables and fruit and sometimes bring down produce from my neighbors who also grow produce pesticide-free or IPM (integrated pest management). But that was another time!

Our markets start the first week in June and we're pleased to announce that our CSA Subsidy Program now has 20 families signed up, thanks to your generous support both financially and through connecting families to the program. We'll keep truckin' and hope to see you at our CSA pick ups in Takoma Park and markets: Tuesdays, Brookland, 4-7pm at 10th and Otis, under the bridge by the Brookland Metro Saturdays, Adams Morgan, 8am - 1pm at Suntrust Plaza, 18th Street and Columbia Rd.

Posted 6/5/2020 4:10pm by Esther.

Journal #11 - 6/1/20  

My daughter, Adina, after I mentioned Hudson Lee and Laruen Mazza’s visit to the farm this last weekend with their amazing 4 month- old son, Hudson Michael, suggested I write up their story.  

Four years ago, Lauren, who was in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, was visited by her friend, Kyla, who worked on our farm. Kyla was in East Africa off season (climbed Kilimanjaro with her father!) and during her visit with Lauren, persuaded her to apply to work on our farm. 

In another part of the world, Hudson saw the ad for farmworkers and answered our ad for farm staff.  Since we are a worker-run farm, the staff (then just Charmaine and Justin), selected them both as the new staff along with one other person.  They arrived at the farm, Lauren thought Hudson was “hot”, and we’re not sure, but Hudson must have been smitten immediately because as the season progressed, they “clicked” and as they say, the rest is history.  

Their relationship extended beyond the end of the farm season and they moved together to New Jersey where Hudson worked at a door factory and Lauren in a nursing home.  After being away from the farm for a full season, they contacted Charmaine and asked if they could come back for the season.  Well, all of us were thrilled.  They were amazing workers, incredibly wonderful to be with, Hudson is a hoot and Lauren, quite artistic (she made some of the veggie earrings Esther wears - look for her earrings on Etsy), and we didn’t have to train them (which is challenging each year to get new staff up to speed).  

After the season, they moved to Chattanooga, TN where Hudson worked at a VW factory and Lauren continued with her nursing home work.  Hudson recently was accepted into a training program sponsored by the Carpenter’s Union.  One day we got a postcard with pictures of them announcing, “We’re Married” (a year before) and to celebrate their first year and “meet our expected son”! 

We got the call that their son was born the weekend we were attending a farm conference, while we were wandering through the exhibit hall.  Esther’s gleeful yelp turned heads! 

 

And so, I turned around after returning from the farm on Friday, back to the farm on Saturday (May 29) to meet Hudson Michael for the first time and to celebrate in person with Lauren and Hudson. The farm is such an important part of their lives, and Charmaine and Justin (and us) are “family”, so they were eager to visit the farm with their son. Hudson Michael squealed with delight during his first splash in the Licking Creek.

 

This wasn’t the first farm romance.  There have been others between farm staff, some we have lost touch with, some were together and then parted, others married non-farm spouses and stay in touch. Caitlin helps out at our Adams Morgan Farmers Market along with her husband and now 2 children and Julia, the backbone of the Adams Morgan Farmers Market, married Pete (Adams Morgan customers will remember that Saturday we had to close early to get to the wedding).  

Forty some years ago, Esther, my wife to be came to the farm to purchase a ¾ ton green pick up truck for the Community Soap Factory in Adams Morgan.  We had met briefly in 1969 during an organizing meeting for a founding meeting of what became the “Jewish Renewal Movement” that her brother Daniel and I along with others had organized to bring Jewish anti-war “radicals” together. 

This was a brief encounter, but I didn’t realize I was smitten until years later. The Soap Factory was a side project of Karl Hess’ work as a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.  His focus was on “Community Technology” (read the book of the same name) experimenting with ways to bring technology and food sources to communities. In addition to the Soap Factory (that supplied co-ops around the region and country with a liquid hand and body soap), they experimented local sources of protein by raising rainbow trout indoors and started a community garden near the Marie Reed School.  At the same time, I was bringing organic citrus fruit to Stone Soup and Fields of Plenty in Adams Morgan, Esther was bringing soap to the very same co-ops!  

Follow us on Instagram - @lickingcreekbendfarm and don’t forget to tag us.  

Posted 5/29/2020 11:08am by Esther.

JOURNAL #10

FARMING DURING A PANDEMIC

May 30, 2020

Michael Tabor

This winter "break", starting January 2020, didn't turn out well for any of us.  And, it seems like we're again ready to start the markets again- but at 77 years old, I wonder if I'm ready for another intense, even more intense season.  But, Esther has been taking part in all the safety networking to make sure the markets are ready for us to open this Tuesday (June 2) in Brookland and Saturday, (June 6) in Adams Morgan.  We're still working with the community market people in Anacostia to see if a market starting in July is workable.

Inspired by my arrest this winter at Jane Fonda's Firedrill Friday, we didn't want to take any trips by plane (excessive carbon exchange) so instead we visited with friends in Ohio and Kentucky, seeking connections with Jewish peddlers, the underground railroad and trying to volunteer with the Amy McGrath campaign (she has a chance!).  And then, local politics and now we're ready, except for the horrible weather for markets and of course, the pandemic.

On the positive side, Charmaine is managing things on the farm in her usual organized manner and Justin has been making the fields ready.  three wonderful farm staff, Emma, back again with her adorable dog, Utah, Xandra, before resuming her U Of MD degree, and Laura, from Brooklyn, are in great shape for the hard work of farming.

Expenses on the farm can be overwhelming.  Just found out we need a third irrigation pump for the early crop of tomatoes, broccoli, kale, squash, etc.  That's $450-500 or more.  Organic compost trailer load was $940.  Two truck inspections and repairs (we have 5) was over $500.  Costs for the "alternative" sprays are well over $1,000.  New equipment was over $3,000. 

Sometimes, inspired by staff, we (they) also spend their own money on items they feel will help with their work.  They watched a podcast from the world's leading chiropterologist, Merlin Tuttle on how each bat can eat up to 1,200 pests in one night!  So Justin and crew built a bat cave that can house up to 50 bats (eating 60,000 injurious insects each night!).  We've got plenty of the critters hanging around the farm already, so why not invite more!

 

I'm not complaining about expenses - it's what we have every year not counting salaries, taxes, insurance, food, etc.  What makes a difference is that Esther and I don't draw salary. 

We're pulling together a list of what we'll have for the first markets starting next week - we're still harvesting asparagus - although probably not enough for all the CSAs. Lettuce looks ready for market.  This warm weather might cause the broccoli plants to "head".  Kale, spinach, scallions and a few other greens look like they're ready along with mint, chives and a few other herbs (anyone want nettle?  good for tea). 

The strawberry crop was damaged but there's still plenty.  Plus, the last of the stored fall apples - Fuji's really hold up well.  And our neighbor, Donald Lake, has lots of exotic organic mushrooms.  Donald was part of the now out-of-business Tuscarora Organic Co-op.  And, we'll have plenty of Amish made jams and jellies - blackberry, strawberry, quince, mint, apple, and our own honey.

Our CSA subscriptions this season have tripled and is now closed for Session 1 (June/July).  And we are pleased to announce that our CSA Subsidy Program now has 23 families.  We still need over $12,000 to cover the rest of the season for the families.  If you want to donate, we have several methods and one tax-exempt way, so get in touch with us at esiegel2@igc.org.

Here is what one of the nurses is is in the CSA Subsidy Program wrote us:

“I spoke to Jimena (not her real name) on the phone, asking about her symptoms. Fever, body aches, headache for several days. There was no question in my mind… Covid-19.  I wished I could assess her breathing status and to do so, I asked her to talk to me while walking around her one bedroom apartment where she lives with her three children and husband. Listening to her speak in Spanish did not reveal gasps of breath between her words, relieved that for the time being she could stay home.  Social distancing, isolation, accessing the healthcare system---all barriers faced by Jimena. Born in Mexico, business owner, tax payer, uninsured,  undocumented and fearful of going to the hospital.  How will I pay for it? What if there’s no interpreter?  How can I isolate in my apartment when we all share the same room?  What will happen to me?”

The CSA Subsidy Program is our small way, with your generous support, to ensure that our first responders and essential service providers have access to fresh, chemical-free vegetables and fruit every week.

 
Posted 5/22/2020 11:45am by Esther.

Journal #9, May 22, 2020

Michael Tabor

According to the prognosticators of the weather, this was supposed to be a rainy week but through Thursday is wasn't.  At 5:45am Tuesday morning, I did see a brief flash of red where the sun usually rises.  By my calculations, that means rain tonight!  And that's OK, exceptin' for the sweet potato "slips" that need planting next week (it needs to be dry to till the soil).

Yesterday we got started on planting the Christmas trees to replace the ones that were sold last season or died in the field.  Growing the trees without herbricides (to kill the weeds that can choke their roots is a real challenge).  Industry standards use pesticides that indiscriminantly kill all insects.  Plus the trees are actually dyed in the field a dark "plastic green" to eliminate the natural hues and color variations.  As far as I know, we are the only farm in the area that don't use "industry" methods.  (A few of my neighbors grow evergreen Christmas trees naturally but don't sell them publicly).

Many customers seem to want uniform, perfectly shaped trees that look like the plastic ones that are factory grown and sold in lots. Our customers aren't concerned with that uniform look and like the "unique personality" of our trees.  One of our most popular tree is the "Charlie Brown" with their distinct character unlike any other.  One of our happier moments during the Christmas tree season, is the when one of our scraggly trees finds a loving home.

Pesticide-free trees take a lot of extra work and between 15-20 years to grow.

We get our seedlings from a family-owned company named "Musser's", located right below Punxsutawney, PA, the town made famous in the movie "Groundhog Day.  Retail manager Chris Ballas brings the seedlings to us every year for our "Annual Farm Open" House that we sadly will not have this year due to the pandemic.  We encourage parents to bring their children to plant trees and hopefully return the next year to see the growth and do some weeding and nurturing.  Chris donates those trees and offers help planting the trees. This service is not typical in our commercial world today.  Of course Musser's is where we do buy our trees.

The process of planting trees to replace ones sold or are dead is part of an earth-enhancing concept know as "carbon sequestration" - especially when you consider our trees are grown on ground that usually produces only weeds.

This season, Charmaine cut loose the amazing team of Emma (and Utah), Laura and Xandra,who burned the weeds, drilled the holes and pulled off a project that would have taken just me a week.  They did this in 1day.

Part of my farm year consists of working locally and politically to make the planet a better and healthier place.  So I joined the local neighbors in opposing CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) and trying to raise awareness of choices in local elections.

Sadly, we can't do much, especially in this pandemic world to campaign against the administration and his enablers in a community that voted 84% for him but we may be able to have an impact on local elections.

In Montgomery County, MD, Progressive Neighbors has released its choices.  Email to hardhatscott@gmail.com for that information.

In my morning breakfast oatmeal, the California strawberries, while pretty, had no taste, except for a little bitterness.  In two weeks when our markets and CSA starts, we're hoping our strawberries will be ready.  Not as pretty but with real taste. Our produce is picked the day before or the morning of our market and CSA.

Sadly, our CSA memberships are "sold out" for this first session (June-July).  We may have openings for session 2 (August-September).  Let us know if you are interested and we'll put you on our mailing list.

Our CSA Subsidy Program is now funded for session 1 and some for session 2.    We've raised close to $5,000 with a goal of $10,000.  We cannot take more families until we raise enough to fully fund the next session.

See you at our Brookland Market, Tuesday, June 2 (and CSA pick up) 4-7pm and in Takoma Park for CSA pick up 3-9:30pm. Then again on Saturday, June 6 at our Adams Morgan Farmers Market, 8am - 1pm and the Takoma Park CSA pick up from 3:30-9:30pm.

Posted 5/20/2020 2:06pm by Chris.
JOURNAL - FARMING IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC - MICHAEL'S MUSINGS

LCBF JOURNAL #1

April 1, 2020 Michael Tabor  

NOTES FROM A FARMER IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC  

Licking Creek Bend Farm (LCBF) starts each season with a tour of the farm in Needmore, PA (Fulton County), and pot luck for our customers, CSA members and friends in the WMV area.  This year, it’s become obvious that won’t happen.  Most of our regular farm markets and wholesale outlets are also in question.  We are committed to continuing and enlarging our CSA and the markets allowed.  

In light of all these circumstances, I decided to start this journal as a way to keep in touch with our customers and CSA members and let you know what is happening on the farm.   Part of the purpose of a CSA is to re-establish the connection that once existed between farmers and consumers.  When the CSA system first started, it wasn’t that unusual for families to come and help out on a farm and pick vegetables for themselves, feeling the dirt on their hands and knees in the soil, and being in touch with the cycle of growth in the region.  While we’re hopeful this moratorium is not the new normal, for now, folks will not be traveling to their local farms and participate in the planting and harvesting.  

The good news is that as of April 1, there are no known COVID-19 cases have been reported in our Fulton County, PA.  Nearby counties only have a handful.   Much has changed near my farm since I started farming in 1972. 

We are located in the “panhandle” where Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia meet.  There are hardly any more family small farms that raise dairy, pigs, corn, oats and barley.  The clothing factories like London Fog have closed or left the County, a loss in nearby Hancock, MD of over 400 union-scale waged jobs held largely by women and replaced by a few antique malls in the hopes of attracting tourism.  CAFOs (confined animal farm operations) have tried to move in to the county, one near us was successfully stopped by the community.  

So, as we have done for the last 48 years, on April 1, we start planting long rows of red, white and yellow onion sets – about 100lbs of small bulbs, planted with the root end down and covered by rich compost and straw.  They will grow quickly and be ready for a first markets (this year perhaps in mid-May).   Justin, our year-round indispensable, vastly experienced farm staff, has been working all winter readying thousands of seedlings for early planting, preparing our machinery and keeping the farm in beautiful shape for the coming of this season.  And, Charmaine, our beloved farm manager of 15 years moved back to the farm April 1.   We are gambling, that despite an unusually early spring, we won’t get a surprise dip in the temperature below freezing and destroy the young seedlings.  In the past, with “regular” weather predictions, we have had to wait until mid-May or even early June to plant.  

Farming is amazing exercise and keeps me in shape during the farm season , so during the winter, I am grateful for our local YMCA where I can stay in shape, taking all sorts of classes, so I can be when I return to work where my workday starts and 5:00am – 8 or 9:00pm. The classes that challenge me the most include core-conditioning classes, stationary cycling, Hatha Yoga class run, H.E.A.T. (High Energy Athletic Training), men’s strength training class and “tribal dancing” Zumba class and I get to be one of the few men shaking his hips and trying to keep up with all the women who tolerate my awkward rhythmic presence.  But, with social distancing, the Y is closed and I’m taking walks and riding our stationary bike to keep in shape.  

PREPARING THE FRUIT TREES   My work on the fruit trees doesn’t usually start until mid-April.  This year, I’ve started a month early. In early March, due to climate change, “budding” started happening 6 weeks early!  The trees looked like they were dormant and bare, but if you look carefully you’d see the buds and this year’s fruit starting to form. 

So, at age 77, with only a short winter’s farm break, it was time to get to work again.   

Since we don’t use chemical pesticides on the farm, the fruit trees were sprayed in early March with 98% organic mineral oil.  The spray smothers, winter insects and their hatching eggs.  We’re concerned with the Pear Psylla.  There are 4 generations of this onerous insect.  Anytime the temperature gets above 40 degrees in the early spring, each female produces 650 eggs!  So now, this week at “bud burst” the pear psylla are returning from nearby locations and I’m ready to do another spray mix of organic insecticide.  I’ll also use “Surround” a clay-based barrier film that repels and irritates insects.   Plus we add copper, an old-fashioned “general biocide” to kill fungal and bacterial cells, approved for organic farming.  This has to be done delicately to avoid damaging plant tissue.  The same method is used on the apple and peach trees.  This year we’re also trying something new against the Plum Curculio.  These bad boy beetles appear during the first warm period after petals fall when it gets to be 70º.  The beetles puncture each tiny apple where they deposit eggs that drop to the ground and grow.  The method we’ll use to try and stop this cycle is wrapping sticky tape around each tree to stop the new beetles from crawling up the trees and infect the apples.  While this method is more labor intensive, it is better than any chemical alternative.  We’ll see how it works.   Then there’s the danger of cool weather and late frost.  The cool weather will discourage pollination. A late frost will damage or kill the delicate apples, pears and peaches.  

CSA OUTREACH   In addition to reaching out to our regular email lists, we’d like to reach out to hospital personal and other first responders and folks whose jobs cannot be done at home and may be without paychecks during this pandemic, to offer a CSA weekly share at a substantially reduced rate, and through donations.  We already know of three Fire Department volunteers who have been diagnosed with the virus and we hope to work with their families to arrange for CSA participation in June.   If you are interested in helping identify folks or want to chip in what you can, please let us know.  We can be reached best through our email.   Stay tuned for the next periodic journal email! Stay safe, find things to enjoy, and be mindful of the blessings we do have.  

Michael Tabor Licking Creek Bend Farm      

FARM VISIT DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 11:00AM - 4:30PM (cancelled for this season)