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November 4, 2011


Present: Clare R., Maya, Philip, Hannah Ruth, Kathryn, Library Amber

SQUASH:
- Took some to dining hall

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER:
- Sunny to send out info
- Letter of intent due in two Thursdays

PREPARING FOR WINTER:
- Work day next Wednesday
- Plant Garlic
- Turn Compost

LIBRARY BLUEBERRIES:
- Shovel path = covered with snow
- To build easel-like protective covers
- Wood from Admissions building?
- Mulched with pine needles
- Woodchips from Jenny?

FARM DINNER:
- Potluck tomorrow evening, 7:30

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Mushrooms
- Worm Composting


October 28, 2011


Present: Simeon, Clare R. Maya, Philip, Mia, Joanna, Hannah Ruth, Evan, Clare H., Travis, Kathryn

ALL COMMITTEE MEETING:
- Ellen wants farm manager paid over summer
- KP has root cellar information
- Vapor barrier below Kenny’s greenhouse - root cellar

GREENHOUSE WORK DAY TODAY

GARLIC:
- Divide beds into 3rd parts
- Make 3rd row? Too far up hill for drainage?
- Hay from Family Day
- Needs to be planted

COVERCROPS:
- Need more seed

TO HARVEST:
- Leeks
- Carrots
- Turnips
- Beets
- Kale
- Arugula
- Lettuce

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER:
- Decision in next few weeks
- Co-managers this spring
- Simeon, Mia maybe

SUMMER PAYMENT:
- Philip to talk to Ellen
- Clare R. will write something up
- Institutional commitment to farm = manager should be paid

AMBER AT LIBRARY:
- Wants to come to a meeting
- Find out about how to bring library blueberries through winter

APPLE TREES:
- Pruning?
- Greenhouse apple trees are outside (dead probably)
- Hire someone to consult with (Clarence? Zeke?)
- Mia to work at Scott Farm? Learn some by Thanksgiving
- Ellen afraid of how old they are
- Most apple trees on campus are Bulbin
- Part of a class?

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING:
- Collaborate with someone who knows
- Lisa Christianson probably to distribute Cargill grant funds
- Talk to Jenny about money and project proposal
- Two edible landscaping plans (Marlboro specific) in plan room


October 21, 2011


Present: Clare R., Maya, Hanna Ruth, Clare H., Kathryn, Simeon
FAMILY WEEKEND:
- Tour of farm 12:00-1:45

WORK DAY: Wednesday afternoon (10/26)
- Planting Garlic (from Aqua Vide Farm through Ken, Fertile Fields, replant from this year's crop)
- Harvest leeks
- Bring squash to kitchen
- Some raised beds need work (cover crop, garlic)
- Collect/survey/retrofit cold frames (plexiglass?)
- Apples

COMPOST:
- Too much hay - matting
- Truckload of sawdust
- Shred leaves from campus (rent shredding device?)
- EQC funds toward compost?

CANNING:
- Apples (sauce, butter, cider jelly)
- Beet jelly


October 7, 2011


Attending: Clare R., Simeon, Maya, Hannah Ruth, Philip, Kathryn

Blueberry field, sunflowers falling over

PICKING SQUASH:
- Let plants die
- Let squash sit in the sun to cure
- Can probably pick them anytime now

WATERING:
- No water pressure
- Intake from the pond – disrupted since the flooding in August?
- Hoses don’t reach the fields
- Alternate watering cans – tedious
- Hoses run along parking lot – stuff gets pushed on top of them, they crimp

COMPOST:
- Build platform of sunflower stems to turn compost onto
- Allows further airflow

BLUEBERRIES:
- Prepare beds after Hendricks
- Plant in spring

SUMMER:
- Day Camp:
o Marlboro Elementary students come in the morning 4 days a week to help out on farm
o Two or three Marlboro College students would live in Farm Living, work on farm
o Income from elementary school students participating would help fund housing
o Family could help take in a college student
o So many camps in area (farm camps included)
o Difficult to run a camp/ be profitable

- Housing:
o Tent pad by creek below farm
o Cabin behind Jodi’s house (no bathroom, electricity)
o Farm workers to work at kitchen too – food
o Kitchen jobs should have farm priority – fill up fast
o Start a fund to support summer Farm Manager (with Cargill grant money) – hopefully others would continue paying
o Summer salary not part of regular budget (govt. pays for work study)
o Summer salary/housing would let someone take care of the big, expensive greenhouse

GREENHOUSE:
- PAYING $30,000 FOR THE GREENHOUSE – NO ONE WILL BE HERE TO TAKE CARE OF IT IF THERE IS NO SUMMER POSITION WITH HOUSING/SALARY
- Talk to Todd
- Hoping to get timber frame up before the winter (Dan Cotter)

COLD FRAMES:
- There are eight we think
- None have glass except one outside campus center
- Any windows lying around that we can use? Put word into maintenance
- Can replace glass in old window frames ($5)
- Bring back down to farm

HARVESTING WINTER RYE:
- Might not be feasible
o If goes to seed, it takes over
o Wouldn’t go to seed until June/July
- Sprouts before winter, survives under snow, grows some more in spring

SMALL SCALE GRAIN EXPERIMENT:
- Buckwheat hard to thresh
- Rye seems easy/feasible (non-winter)

WOOD-FIRED PIZZA OVEN:
- Would be really cool
- Wood ash is useful

HARVEST FRUIT:
- Kristin didn’t harvest on Work Day
- Apple Sauce/Apple Butter making day soon

Marlboro North Cider Sale This Weekend:
- Marlboro Elementary School fundraiser
- We can go help out/see process

SIMEON IS THE COMPOST PERSON YAAAYY!!!

SUNFLOWERS:
- Dry heads before collecting seeds
- Use stems as trellis?
- Use stems in compost

WORK DAY NEXT WEEK:
- Tuesday 2:30-4:30
- Putting beds to bed
- Turning compost
- Transplanting peppers to Science Building greenhouse


September 27, 2011


Attending: Clare R., Maya, Travis, Clare H., Hannah Ruth, Kathryn, Jacquelynn, Simeon, Philip

BUDGET:
- Gave us $300 over summer from last year’s budget, but haven’t paid for it yet
- Cushion fund contains thousands of roll-over dollars
- Should try to spend Washer & Dryer fund (roto-tiller, weed whacker. Philip volunteers to keep them at his house)
- Food dryer

PROJECTS:

CARGILL GRANT: ($380,000); to see if we can get money for farm

- Goats (better than a weed-whacker)
- Summer housing for farm workers
- Educational Farm Field Trips
- Someone to teach us how to use a greenhouse
- Independent Farm Library (in greenhouse?), magazine subscriptions (Backwoods Home, Small Farmer’s Quarterly) - Simeon

WORKSHOPS OVER WINTER:
- Invite community members to host
- Preserving food
- Composting

ROOT CELLAR: – Philip
- Should be accessible for kitchen
- Below Farm Living/ Another building
- Below Greenhouse
- In boat locker

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING – Kathryn Sci. Writing Grant?
- Blueberries approved for slope below soccer field (SPC)
- Blueberries planted by library last fall are doing well
- Kristin’s Repertoire class, Jenny Ramstetter’s class to let forest grow onto lawns, do some edible landscaping
- Jacquelynn to e-mail out blueberry information

WORK DAY:

- Kristin to pick fruit
- Prepare for blueberries
o Add nitrogen (ammonium sulfate) 3-4 wks after planting
o Hill filled with loam, don’t know how much soil we have
o Funding may come from Work Day, but probably from Farm Budget
- Harvesting
o Kale, Squash, Melons, Tomatoes
- Turn Compost – Simeon
- Prepare for Winter
o Move Leeks, Peppers to Greenhouse
o Weed whack

WEEDWHACKER/MOWING:
- Weed whacker breaks every year
- Have Dan look at it
- Sell in Wed. Classifieds
- Rent a roto-tiller one day every year instead of owning?
- Should own mower and/or weed whacker
- If we remove stuff from path, maintenance will mow it for us, all the way down hill

FOOD FOR KITCHEN:
- Simeon e-mailed Catherine O’Callaghan

- Can offer squash

COMPOST POSITION:
- Possibly Simeon?

COLD FRAMES:
- Simeon to get up and running
- Jacquelynn to inventory – one outside Dalrymple, gym, some on the farm
- Should be placed in same general area (Cold frame field on farm) – easier to keep track of them
- Lead paint on them?
- On field by Clare H.’s apartment
- Soccer Field to east of stairs

TODAY:
- Unofficial Farm Work Day at 3:00
- Compost needs to be turned (on Work Day if not today)

- Maya will look into preserving melons


September 23, 2011


Attending: Simeon, Maya, Clare R., Kathryn, Hannah Ruth, Travis, Jacquelyn, Clare H., Philip
- Bear in compost: non-issue
- WORK DAY
- Cleaning up farm
- Compost
- Canning
- Pear and apple picking
- Cider pressing? (Apple Days)
- **Farm food to kitchen for Community Dinner
- Making Community Dinner after work day a LOCAL community dinner (Talk to Catherine O’Callaghan and Richie – also food committee)
- Travis to fix lawnmower (belt replaced? Have Dan look at it)
- Greenhouse – to be updated about (Todd)
- Spring semester – Clare and Matt Ollis to teach sustainability class; independent projects about greenhouse?
- Farm living blog – e-mail Clare R. contributions. Link from farm wiki page and sustainability page
- Compost Position (paid by EQC) – Simeon??
- Helping Jacquelyn’s mother in her garden next weekend
- BY-LAWS:
- Bylaws can’t contain payment info
- Farm Manager should be Spring-Fall, not Fall-Spring (Junior or Sophomore)
- Farm Manager expected to stay over summer if college provides housing and a stipend
- Large grant: portion to pay for farm manager/others to stay over summer (3 people, decent wage, for 4 hours a day maybe)
- Stipend at beginning of summer, but also paid through year (probably can’t be in bylaws)
- Payments/Funding throughout the year should be added to. Summer Farm Manager position should be a separate position, with new salary
- VOTING:
- Clare Riley is the new Farm Manager
- Simeon is probably going to be the Assistant Farm Manager (will talk to Mia and Evan, send something to Town Crier)
- Make running list on chalkboard about what needs to be done on farm
- Possible farm work day next Friday (9/30/11)

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