There is a new structure under construction in Peck’s Meadow. Peck’s Meadow is a well-traveled, productive growing field down the hill, just north of the current greenhouses and full of flowers, carrots, perennial asparagus, lingering tomatoes, chard, spinach, beans and beets. The school groups and tours of the Farm are hard-pressed not to walk the field rows and marvel at the intensive rows of planting, the diverse selection of crops, the plants making their seeds, and the amount of food that is grown organically for customers, eaters and restaurant goers.
These days, a walking school field trip group can participate in necessary harvest and see the plants at the end of their growing life. This opportunity serves nicely for teachers who wish to connect their state guided curriculum lessons on stages of growth to what is happening in the fields. To hold a drooped sunflower head in your hands and begin to ponder how nature has created such a pattern and so many seeds, is a wonder and worthy of note for the importance of seed collecting and being ready for next spring. We are having a lovely autumn, full of sunshine and warmth, allowing for those tomatoes to linger and the spinach to thrive. We do need rain, but at the Farm, one does feel an end to the growing season.
This end, though is merely a new beginning. The new Peck’s Meadow Greenhouse sits smack in the middle of the field, visible from Jerusalem Road, its curvy, hilly boulevard, home to walkers, eeps, bikers and cars gazing at the ocean, the large homes and now a new space for extended growing. Jon and Dan are applying their engineering smarts, instinct and skill as they set the posts, plumb and level, in the ground, where sad asparagus had come to pass.
The greenhouse will play host, once the plastic is covering and sequestering warmth, to arugula and spinach seeds. These seeds, we hope, will grow and find their roots before the hard winds and cold days of late fall and winter arrive. Then, as the days grow longer with sunlight in February, the seedlings will thrive and grow with a purpose so as we can enjoy greens in the quiet months.
So we remain busy and productive. And though the season’s changes indicate that farming is over, we have many rows to tend and plants to cultivate, in all their varying stages of growth. Thank goodness there are many who keep persisting in this current climate and farmers who do not resist to persist for the sake of growing healthy food and working with the soil. Farming and growing continues, while stopping to notice the changes, to speak out and to plant on.