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
Kale being harvested for the CSA.
The produce in this week's basket includes:
  • Onions 
  • Summer Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Salad mix
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
Cooper harvesting kale for the food pantries.
This week we took kale, tomatoes, and summer squash to Freeport Community Services, Bath Area Food Pantry, 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: Savory Cantaloupe and Tomato Pasta
Ingredients (Serves 5):
Some of the tomatoes from the plot
  •  
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 leaves kale, chopped
Directions:
  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed (15 to 20 minutes).
  2. In a medium pan over medium heat, saute the chopped zucchini with olive oil until fragrant, do not let it brown (5 minutes). Turn off heat. 
  3. Add the cooked quinoa into the pan.
  4. Add bell pepper, chopped onion, and tomato into the pan. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and refrigerate until cold (1 hour). Fold in chopped kale.
  5. Place the vinegar, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and mustard into a bowl. Drizzle the oil into the bowl while whisking until the dressing is thick.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently fold until evenly mixed.
Interview with an Old Crew Member
Cooper taking inventory of the donations for the food pantries.
Today we interviewed Cooper, a 2013 Teen Ag crew member who is volunteering at Wolfe's Neck Farm this week. 

What made you choose the Teen Ag Program in 2013?
I wanted to gain an experience in farming. I have always loved farming and agriculture and I wanted to try and incorporate them into my future. 

What made you want to come back to Teen Ag?
Like I said, I just really love farming, but I came back because I wanted to fill my time between my high school graduation and my time in Americorps with agriculture. I have also had great memories here and I wanted to continue my work. 

How has the Teen Ag Program changed since your time here?
When I was on Teen Ag, there was a lot more focus on livestock, and now I like seeing that Teen Ag is more agriculture centered. The program is also a lot more efficient now, with the growing plot, farm stand, and fighting off weed pressure. Everything in the program now seems to be running much more smoothly. 

How has Teen Ag impacted your life?
I developed a lot of respect for all people growing food. So much time and effort has to go into food production, especially if it is done sustainably. The program sparked my interest in all aspects of farming, from growing vegetables, to haying, to working with animals. This is something I always want to come back to; it's hard work that gives back.

Do you see yourself doing this work in the future?
Yes. I am heading off to Americorps in a few weeks with the Student Conservation Association in Massachusetts and if there is not garden-based education going on I will make sure it happens. I love coming back to the farm and want to continue to volunteer when I can. I am really impressed with how the Teen Ag Program is growing.

Tomato Pruning and Trellising 
Tomato plant before going to fruit.
In the past weeks, we have discussed the specifics of tomato pruning, but this week we will discuss the specifics of tomato trellising. 
There are three types of trellising for tomatoes. There are freestanding structures, which are meant more for home gardeners, overhead string trellising, which is preferable for most greenhouse growers as the most efficient use of space, and a basket weave, which is the easiest to install and take down for single rows. 

An example of a basket weave used in the Teen Ag plot.
It is important to perform all pruning and trellising when the plants are completely dry, so as to decrease and prevent the spread of fungal and bacterial diseases among  the plants. 

For our tomato trellises, we used the basket weaving technique. Crew member Liane took to this quickly, and thoroughly enjoyed doing it.
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.