Spring is in the Air at The Farm
It may be cold now, but spring is in the air since the BCFS Farm Committee has started meeting to plan for the 2021 growing season.
The Farm at the Food Shelf started in 2014 and has access to about 5 acres of land. Last year, our staff and community volunteers harvested about 15,000 pounds of fresh produce for area food insecure households.
Volunteers have found the socially distanced, safe, manual work at The Farm to be a very fulfilling and meaningful use of their time during the COVID 19 pandemic. We are so grateful for the assistance from the greater Bemidji Community. Without these dedicated volunteers, The Farm would not be a successful venture.
Last year we added garlic to our plantings and we will be expanding this planting next season. We will be growing more onions, carrots, squash and potatoes. We will be adding celery to our row plantings and expect a bumper crop of rhubarb. The deep winter greenhouse has been planted and is already yielding leafy greens.
Farm Committee member Chris Tower has started some seedlings for The Farm and for our annual plant sale in May. Last year’s plant sale was so successful we ran out of many varieties, so this year we’ll expand on both the quantities and the varieties of plants offered for sale, adding more well-known varieties of tomatoes.
If you have not yet been a volunteer at The Farm, please consider giving of some of your time and talent this summer. Not all the tasks are physically stressful and the outdoor work is healthy and refreshing. For more information, email Dorothy at email@example.com.