Summer in Cumberland County: All the Gossip

Despite having a challenging growing season this year here in Cumberland County, our local farms and community gardens are doing really well. With above normal temperatures and a drought to boot, some farmers were very worried about their wells running dry, but I have not heard of that actually happening thankfully. While farmers and gardeners had their hands full with irrigating, on the plus side, … Continue reading Summer in Cumberland County: All the Gossip

Behind the Green: Building a Greenhouse at Common Roots

It was a gusty day in June, and Common Roots was a site to see. In every corner of the farm there was activity. Student farmers were harvesting a mesclun medley in the market gardens, alongside Deep Roots farmers from ISANS. Volunteers were wheelbarrowing backfill, while others were assembling the shade sail frames for what will soon be an enchanting children’s garden. And then on … Continue reading Behind the Green: Building a Greenhouse at Common Roots

Resources Are Meant to be Shared: Reflections on a Cooperative Growing Model

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about cooperative community models and their ability to inspire a sense of both pride and ownership across communites. Whether it’s a DIY bike shop, a tool lending library, or a place to purchase, prepare and learn about food in community, the underlying principles of cooperatives are the same. In some shape or form, people are coming together to “cooperate” for their … Continue reading Resources Are Meant to be Shared: Reflections on a Cooperative Growing Model

Adventures in Winter Gardening

The weather today was so lovely that I almost started feeling that spring had finally arrived.  I’m too much of a weather pragmatist to trust that is the case, although I’ve learned that gardening in our climate can really surprise you when it comes to what you thought was possible. Last autumn I caught the 4-season gardening bug after reading Niki Jabbour’s great book, The … Continue reading Adventures in Winter Gardening