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Posted 5/17/2011 2:41pm by John and Aimee Good.

Springtime on the farm is full of hope and excitement for the season. The strawberries are one of the first crops to grow, since they are perennial. We plant a new patch every year, and keep patches for three years. (After this time, it becomes too difficult to maintain quality fruits and keep out weeds!)

The strawberries are flowering this month, and the bees are out and about, pollinating the flowers. We eagerly await the first fruits of summer – the strawberries!


The farm crew has been busily getting all the crops started: sowing seeds directly in the field, for lettuce mix, carrots, spinach, radishes, and more; sowing seeds in the greenhouse to grow starts, for broccoli, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, head lettuce, zucchini, and more. 

Some crops are transplanted by hand, especially during this very wet spring, but we often use the water wheel transplanter, which makes a wet hole for the riders to place the starts into the ground. Here Michelle and Ryan are transplanting onions, while John drives the tractor.

 

After crops are planted, they must be kept cared for well. We provide water when needed with irrigation. We provide protection from cold and pests with row covers, and use plastic mulch where needed for warmth. We weed and weed and weed. Much time is spent weeding on an organic farm, both with the tractor-mounted cultivators and by hand.

We use the cultivating equipment to weed the soil between the rows of plants. Afterwards, the crew goes back and hoes the soil in between the plants. In the picture to the left, Michelle, Ryan and Andy are hoeing young broccolli plants. And of course, there are lots of occasions when we just have to get down on our hands and knees in the crop, such as in the small-seeded salad mixes, to pull out any weeds in the row. Just think, for every bite of salad from the farm, a member of the crew has pulled out any weeds in the midst of those plants.

In the picture on the right, you can see everyone’s favorite CSA pickup manager Heidi, hard at work pulling those weeds in the strawberries. Michelle, John and Andy are also weeding on this cold but "beautiful sky" day on the farm.



The springtime is the season of preparation, in anticipation of the harvest season! We hope you are all excited about the upcoming start of the CSA pickup. At this point, we are still not sure of the exact start date. Probably it will be June 7th, since this has been a cool spring overall and the crops’ growth has been a bit slow. But there is a possibility it will be May 31. We will send out another update with the exact start date as well as pickup instructions and information next week. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all on the farm!
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The Good Farm is a certified organic farm raising vegetables, berries, flowers, and herbs for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and farmer's market. Farmers John and Aimee Good specialize in providing the best quality and most flavorful varieties of the vegetables you love to eat- the staples! We have happy members - over 70% return every year!

 

Many customers say they eat healthier, feel better, learn to cook new things, save money, and even lose weight by joining the farm. We are all connected to farming, as we are all eaters. Experience seasonal eating. Support a type of farm that you can believe in; the kind you imagined as a child; where people pick the produce by hand, the soils are thriving, and the fields are full of life. Become a CSA member or visit The Good Farm at the Trexlertown Farmer's Market. Because "it's all GOOD!"

 

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