Summer at the Organic Farm

Students in the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture tend the farm’s chickens and give them fresh water first thing in the morning at the Evergreen Organic Farm. — Shauna Bittle photo

A basket of eggs in the hen house. The eggs are sold along with the farm’s produce. — Shauna Bittle

Most of Evergreen operates around the calendar of the academic year–a cycle that begins in September with orientation week and ends in June at graduation. Not so for students of the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture program out at the college’s Organic Farm. They work more in tune with the natural cycle of the seasons: planting in the early spring, reaping the rewards over the long summer, and then winding up with their final harvests in the fall.

Many of us here see the results of their work twice a week when they set up a farmers’ market on Red Square. We’re lucky to have the opportunity to bring home the starter plants they sell; and, if things don’t go so well with the starters, to buy organic fruits and veggies here on campus.

For me, the place itself has almost as much benefit as the organic food it produces. Setting off on the path to the farm is a great way to press “reset” when I need a break from gray concrete and red brick, or when I need to feel visually inspired again. It was no different when I visited last Thursday. The staff and students welcomed me along as they worked, and I was as happy as a kid in a candy store as I followed from hen house to green house, and then to rows of summer flowers.

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed making them. In case you are inspired to go see for yourself, the farm welcomes visitors during weekdays.

Organic Farm Technician Melissa Barker talks about prioritizing work projects at the organic farm. Among the things to be done are replacing the seals on the irrigation system, planting a row of produce, and preparing CSA deliveries. — Shauna Bittle photo

Planting rows of starters. — Shauna Bittle photo

Creating bouquets to be included in CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) deliveries. — Shauna Bittle photo

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