Fresh News From the Truck Farm

July 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

After a couple weeks of inactivity, the Truck Farm is back – and we have several things to report!

First our BIG NEWS… Ian Cheney of Wicked Delicate and Truck Farm out in Brooklyn, is working on a new short film about urban agriculture and is coming to the Mile High in August to film our lowly Denver Urban Truck Farm! We’re thrilled to be a part of his newest project and look forward to finally meeting our East Coast inspiration! We’re working towards attending a mid-week farmer’s market in town during his visit. Check back for updates about this exciting news!

We enjoyed another great Sunday morning at the Old South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market this week, especially the early cloud cover! Visitors were as enthusiastic as ever and we had quite a few locals come by to check on our progress. It’s nice to see familiar faces at the market each week! The farm is growing splendidly and we’ve enjoyed several tomatoes and one not-yet-ripe Big Jim pepper that was still delicious roasted with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper! Some kids came by this week and we let them pick some fresh tomatoes from the truck. It’s pretty cool to see the kids excitement at being able to have a hand in our roving farm, and to be able to pick their own produce. Most kids don’t get the chance to visit a working farm, so this really gives them a great opportunity to experience agriculture right in their neighborhood.

We had a bit of an invasion of cabbage worms a few weeks ago, and after visiting a local garden center to ask some experts, we were directed to use an organic bacteria that inhibits their digestion so they will stop eating the leaves. It seemed to work, until several days ago when we were invaded with the dreaded aphids. Our cabbage is looking a bit haggard and they have migrated to our pepper plants now as well. We’re going to try either lady bug larvae or pyrethrum this week to get rid of them. Even our truck farm is not immune to pests, and we think it is actually beneficial for people to see that. We don’t enjoy having damaged crops, but it keeps it all in perspective! Trying to keep the farm as organic as possible also means you have to be a bit more creative when searching out pest-control measures – but it has been a fantastic learning process for all of us!

We also replaced a few of our herbs – our cilantro and Boxwood basil were not looking too hot since Day 1. We also felt we had some wasted space at the back of the truck, so we added an additional row and we now have Italian parsley, oregano, thyme, sweet basil and dill (which has already started to bolt – grrr!). We saved one each of the cilantro and the Boxwood basil, but are still considering putting them to rest. I’ve found from my own container gardening exploits that herbs are apparently the most difficult edibles to grow as they are incredibly particular – and Colorado’s less than moderate climate only amplifies that difficulty! But again, it is all a learning process for Ashleigh, myself, and everyone involved.

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