Fall Teen Ag crew members weed our herb bed.
Welcome to the Wolfe's Neck Farm Teen Ag and CSA share newsletter, written by our Teen Ag Crew member Gabriella Gaspardi. This weekly newsletter provides information about what produce you can look forward to receiving in your CSA share, a recipe or two, and any bits of information we think you might find interesting.

Thank you so much for your support of this program. Enjoy!  
CSA Pickup Day Details
Tomorrow is CSA Pickup Day! Please remember to return your baskets at each weekly pick up.

CSA pickups will occur on  Thursdays from 3:00-5:30 PM . If you need to pick up your share after 5:30 PM, it will be accessible in the refrigerator at the
Farm Stand. If you need to pick up early on a CSA day or if you are unable to pick up this week, please contact Richard at teenag@wolfesneckfarm.org at least 24 hours in advance.
This Week's Basket
Carrots being harvested for this week's CSA share.
T he produce in this week's basket includes:
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Golden Tomatoes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

If you have extra produce bags or unused produce from your shares, feel free to return them to us at CSA pickup. We are happy to repurpose the bags and compost your uneaten produce. Thank you!

This Week's Food Pantry Contributions
Kale harvested for the food pantries.
This week we took kale, tomatoes, and broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini to Freeport Community Services and Yarmouth Food Pantry.

In collaboration with Good Shepherd Food Bank, we are contributing thousands of pounds of fresh produce to these three food pantries this year.
Recipe of the Week: Curried Potato and Green Beans
Ingredients (Serves 5):
Lauren placing onions and potatoes in the farm stand
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large handful of green beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
Directions:
    1. Wash and peel potatoes, then dice into cubes, along with the carrots. Put the diced potato and carrot into a saucepan filled with water. Bring to a boil.
    2. Simmer potatoes and carrots at medium heat for 6 minutes (until both are getting soft).
    3. Meanwhile, dice the onion. Chop green beans into thirds. 
    4. Add 2 tablespoons of EVOO in the pan and add the chopped green beans and onion. Saute in medium high for 3 minutes. Then add ¼ cup water and ¼ teaspoon salt. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until beans are soft.
    5. Drain the water from the potato and carrot saucepan. Add both to the beans and onions in the frying pan.
    6. Add the soy sauce, curry powder, turmeric and sesame oil. Stir and saute for another 5-8 minutes. Serve.
New Farm Equipment: Culticycle
Our new Culticycle in the Teen Ag plot.
Wolfe's Neck Farm's Research Coordinator Dorn Cox has been working with the Teen Ag Program and learning about our goals for season extension and increased production. Cox is also an avid member of the open-source agriculture organization, Farm Hack, which builds and modifies farm equipment to improve efficiency.
 
After meeting the team and seeing our plot, he brought a Farm Hack-inspired creation called the Culticycle to the Teen Ag crew. A Culticycle is a tractor with the general look of an oversized bicycle. It is only pedal-powered, but has attachments for cultivation. Because it's pedal powered, the Culticycle has a significantly lower environmental impact than a tractor. It also leads to less soil compaction and is highly regarded by Farm Hackers for its extreme adaptability to the farmers' needs, thanks to its various attachments.
 
Lilly takes the Culticycle out for a test ride.
We look forward to using it more (and riding in style!) next summer.
 
According to the Farm Hack website, "Farm Hack is a community of collaborators interested in developing and sharing open-source tools for a resilient agriculture. We exist as a platform for community-based sharing and collaborative research. Individuals and organizations, non-profits and businesses alike are invited to participate."
We look forward to continued collaboration with Farm Hack to bring more innovations to our plot.

Tom Talk: Plant Nutrition
Every season starts with a soil test up in the Teen Ag plot. We'll take the soil test and then off to the University of Maine laboratory, where it is analyzed and returned with a full nutrient analysis. This helps us decide what sorts of nutrients may need to be added to the soil, and at what quantity. The 3 primary macro-nutrients are:
 
Nitrogen - Stimulates vegetative plant growth

Potassium - Increases water use efficiency, enzyme activation and stress management in extreme temperatures

Phosphorus Major component in plants DNA and also crucial for root development, flowering and seed creation 

When we use the water wheel in to transplant crops during the spring in summer months, we add fish emulsion liquid fertilizer to our water tank, meaning we are watering crops with an organic fertilizer with high concentrations of phosphorus. This gives the crop a jumpstart and helps overcome any stress from leaving the greenhouse and entering the field.
 
During this time of year, we slowly decrease the scale of vegetable production, while removing spent crop matter and applying pelletized chicken manure with cover crop seed. This helps to fertilize the ground that our crops have just drawn nutrients out of, while also stimulating cover crop growth.
 
In late fall, we will get a large application of manure. It will spend the winter and early spring decomposing and adding nutrients to the ground. 

Thank you for taking part in our CSA for the summer! We hope you will enjoy what our vegetable plots have to offer. Stay tuned for weekly updates from your Wolfe's Neck Farm Teen Ag Crew.