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Rain, Rain, Go Away…

adorable photo borrowed from THIS blog

Okay, so none of us are enjoying all this rain. We don’t want to complain, but darn it we want to play outside! There are many that like to say the rain is good for crops, but you kind of have to wonder… “Is there such thing as too much rain for farming?”

Janice McPhillips, Holly Hill Farm Educator and Outreach Coordinator, says, “Organic farming is full of challenges.  If it’s not one thing it’s another: excess water, excess heat, too little water, not enough sun, too many bugs or other critters eating your crops, too many weeds, not enough hands to pull them  … to succeed in farming is to be able to adapt to the changing and challenging conditions with a smile, a great sense of humor, and most of all a great sense of commitment to the work of growing organic food to feed to appreciative customers!  Fred and Deanna are moving right along, growing thousands of organic seedlings that will be for sale this weekend and next.  It’s too early to plant them in the ground, which needs to warm up a little to provide a welcoming home to new seedlings.  With more sun hopefully coming next week, the seedlings will continue to grow in their pots and be ready to be planted in the ground Memorial Day weekend.  Harvest will come and this cold, foggy, rainy spring will be a dim memory!!”


So, stay positive and (if the world doesn’t end) get ready for planting by picking up some plants at the Holly Hill Farm Spring Organic Plant Sale this weekend!

Friday May 20th for Friends of Holly Hill Farm Members only from 4 – 6 pm. Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday May 21 and 22 and again on May 28 and 29 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Many varieties of certified organic heirloom tomatoes will be for sale as well as dozens of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  There will also be packaged seeds, bagged compost, compost bins, and potting soil for sale.  The farm stand will be open with asparagus and other spring produce.   Local music by “Ragweed” on Sunday May 22.


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