Our 29th Season | A Note from Scott

Quail Hill Farm
June 27, 2018

By Scott Chaskey

Ready to Harvest: Lettuce, mixed greens, herbs, kale, radish, pea shoots, fennel, bok choy & escarole. At the Stand: Rhubarb

In the image above I am gazing out on last year’s sea of ipomoea batatas, sweet potatoes, a most delicious crop that we harvest in the autumn, and with luck, we are still enjoying come April.

We are fortunate to be able to grow this warm weather crop here in the Northeast, several chosen varieties that mature in 90-110 days (some of those grown in Georgia take as long as 130 days). We have yet to plant the “slips” of Beauregard and O’Henry, though our 2018 shipment is actually scheduled to arrive today. Now that warm weather is upon us (?) this most nutritious of crops—4,500 slips—will be carefully placed in our silt loam soil…and then we wait (and cultivate, and water, and cultivate…).

We have not been idle, however, and the thousands of plants you will see in the ground attest to that: lettuce, greens, radish you will harvest, as well as those crops you will taste later in the season—summer squash, cukes, onions, eggplant, peppers, the first tomatoes, 20 varieties of (Irish) potaotes.

Recalling the teachings of his people, Oren Lyons, the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee, says: “We were told that “the seed is The Law.” Indeed, it is the Law of Life. It is the Law of Regeneration. Within the seed is the mysterious force of life and creation.”

Walking the land here you will witness that law evolving daily, weekly, through the coming months of our growing season. Oren Lyons also refers to another custom, that “When we walk upon Mother Earth we always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of our future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground.”

Think of them as you walk through these fields, and of the gift of Deborah Light who was aware, as were Oren’s ancestors, that “her” land belonged to the community.