George Swanson, Laraway’s part-time Land Steward, and a gentleman farmer with his own acreage in the Northeast Kingdom, has been planning plantings for when the snow melts and the ground rejuvenates. He sketched out a plan for crop rotation, to make the most of our fertile, certified-organic soil along the Lamoille River. He is planning a new plot for tomatoes, strategically located to minimize blight. After consulting with Lisa Rock, our inspired and creative cook, George will plant more root crops and increase potato production. We want to grow what Lisa and Dave can use in the kitchen---and lots of it! The root cellar in our farmhouse can store about 400 pounds of produce. George is aiming to fill the space with healthy, nutritious veggies for our cafeteria.
“The saying goes ‘any month with R in its spelling is a month for tree pruning.’. Our first tree pruning student workshop starts February 22 (weather permitting) and will continue into March,” George said. It looks like snowshoes will be needed!”
Seed starts will take root in Laraway’s classrooms in March and April, presaging what we hope will be a plentiful growing season. Feeding kids healthy food helps them grow…and learn. Teaching kids to grow their own vegetables satisfies their appetites while equipping them with self-sustaining skills for adulthood.
Stay tuned…and WATCH OUR GARDEN GROW!