This summer, we’ve been lucky to have an amazing group of trainees at the farm. From college and university students to ex-lawyers to experienced farmhands to asylum seekers in the US pursuing refugee status, we’ve been host to an incredibly diverse group. Yet never before have we seen everyone come together and form such a close community! From the Family Meal lunches (made possible by Fresh Fanatic’s addictive Two-for-Tuesday spreads) to the week-long Grand Banquet organized by the Aussies, wherein each night held a new and delicious activity, we are having more fun than we thought possible up on the farm. Speaking of Aussies, it’s their last week with us, and we are going to miss them terribly!
Who are these Aussies, you ask? You clearly haven’t been keeping up with our social media feed! These two jokers have been a huge presence on the farm since early spring, and it’s hard to say which is more impressive, their tireless muscle or endless mirth! Aside from cracking us up all day long with their witticisms and habit of nicknaming everyone (and inanimate thing) in sight, Mike and Asher have been incredibly involved in our beekeeping program, the greenhouse build and our compost operations. But perhaps their greatest legacy on the farm will be the microgreen operation they spearheaded. Ben has been trying to carve out the time to dive into this for a while now, and with our sexy new greenhouse up and running, we finally had space to get going! Ben had done all the research, read all the books, but just couldn’t seem to find a free minute to make it happen. Enter the Aussies. Within a few weeks, these two had created a microgreens growing program complete with meticulous records on deviations in methodology and results. And talk about results! Man are these micros delicious! And pretty! But these aren’t just fancy garnishes — in fact, microgreens are the perfect stage of plant growth for maximizing nutritional value!
To learn more about our microgreen program and hear Mike and Asher’s accents in action, check out this week’s Rooftop Farm Report with Ben Flanner on Heritage Radio Network, or stop by our Navy Yard farm any Wednesday between 12pm and 5pm on the hour, May through October, and show yourself around. Sadly, there won’t be any Aussies to give you a microgreens tutorial, but we think it’s worth visiting anyhow — maybe YOU’LL be the next Mike or Asher in our midst!
Till next time, happy eating!