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Trailside Organic Farm – September 2022 Update

September 2022

Written by Ian Frederick, Farm Manager

Late summer is a time of transition at the Trailside Organic Farm. Day length is decreasing, sunlight is becoming less intense, and temperature are becoming cooler. We are shifting toward establishing crops which thrive in fall conditions. Although some summer crops can still be harvested, the days of farm-fresh local tomatoes are numbered! You can expect to find these crops growing on the farm this fall:

-Leaf and Butter Lettuce
-Arugula
-Spinach
-Carrots
-Swiss Chard
-Collard Greens
-Scallions
-Kale
-Cabbage
-Broccoli
-Cauliflower
-Red Beets
-Ornamental Corn
-Gourds and Pumpkins
-Sunflowers

Aside from crop production, fall is a time to take action to care for our soil so it stays healthy over the winter. Cover cropping is a top priority for the fall season to boost soil health in the colder months. It’s important to establish cover crops on time since seeds need to germinate and begin growth before the chilly weather sneaks up on us. Peas, oats, and tillage radish have been planted in the upper portion of the farm acreage, and we will soon be establishing winter rye in the production fields. Fall is also an excellent time to introduce organic matter into the soil. We are planning to apply compost generously across the farm. Making sure soil is covered and adding some amendments are always beneficial steps toward better soil and crops. These practices are also staples of regenerative organic farming. Here’s to the start of a fun and productive fall season!