This morning, after staff meeting, the farm staff sat in the field office making some last minute decisions on the garden plans. They want to grow items that will do well in Merck’s microclimate, but also include items that everyone likes to eat (or misses from home). Collards, anyone? Sarah will cook them southern style.
Unlike the years when Merck grew enough vegetables to support a CSA share system (community supported agriculture), the past few years production has been minimized to grow vegetables for the apprentices. There are so many other farms locally that grow vegetables for a living, Merck does not want to compete against those farms.
We will continue to have a “Grazing Garden” again this year: a place where visitors can go see how vegetables grow and taste the in-season produce. The Grazing Garden is a good way for people to experience small-scale production.
We’re still waiting for seeds to arrive in the mail, but soon there will be sprouts that compete for sunlight in the maintenance building window, and then, months from now, rows of planted vegetables ready to harvest.
We can’t wait!