7 05, 2021

Chickens make triumphant return

By |2021-08-26T09:50:16-06:00May 7th, 2021|Ancona Farm News|0 Comments

As usual, our four laying hens arrived in the garden a few weeks ago. They’ll stay through November. Students provide much of their daily care while exploring the birds’ roles in history, agriculture, and the food system.

Ancona families are invited to sign up to care for the chickens on weekends. The hens love treats in the form of human leftovers that would otherwise be thrown out: stale rice, fruit scraps, expired salad bags or yogurt, and so forth. This is a cost-effective way to turn food waste into eggs.

For the first time this year, we have two hens that were with us last season (ie, in 2020): The silver-laced wyandotte and the cinnamon queen. Like children, each bird has her own personality. The barred rock is, at least for the moment, the most timid of the bunch, while the wyandotte is always the first to investigate visitors.

Graphic by Wren

5 05, 2021

Growing our own graduation flowers

By |2021-08-26T09:51:18-06:00May 5th, 2021|Ancona Farm News|0 Comments

This year, Ancona seventh and eighth graders are growing their own graduation flowers–that is, the cut stems they’ll be handed with their diploma.

As students have learned, local flowers are cleaner and greener than those from most florists. They don’t have to be shipped or refrigerated and don’t require pesticides or preservatives.

Students planted snapdragons and dianthus in their classrooms in March and transplanted them outdoors in April. Hopefully they’ll bloom at just the right time come June!

5 05, 2021

2021 season update–May 4

By |2021-05-05T11:48:16-06:00May 5th, 2021|Ancona Farm News|0 Comments

Currently harvesting

  • Lettuce
  • Collards
  • Cilantro
  • Spinach

Families are welcome to harvest produce and take home produce to eat. Be sure to rinse it well with water and a tablespoon of white vinegar. And tell Chris how many servings you get for the garden log.

In the ground and growing fast

  • Cabbage
  • Hakarei salad turnips
  • Red and gold beets
  • Peas
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Bok choi
  • Kale
  • Flowers

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