Last Friday, the person who has made Woodman Farm a truly special place for the last 40 years headed off into the world of retirement. John McLean (in the dark olive shirt, with the bright white tractor) has encouraged and inspired hundreds of students and faculty members over these years, and he has told us all … More a big day
Last week, several members of our group took a trip. We travelled all the way over to Burlington, VT, where Margaret Skinner and Cheryl Frank Sullivan led a fantastic hands-on training for us as well as our collaborators from University of Maine and Pennsylvania State University. We got some direct experience identifying different species of aphids. We … More an excursion
Our overwintered onions have sized up nicely, and the tops have fallen for several of the plots. Fallen tops are an indicator of bulb maturity, so once this happens, we start measuring size and weight of bulbs. What are we seeing? There was a fair amount of bolting this year, especially in the earliest planting, which … More Onions down!
It has been a busy week for our research program! Our summer team (Jackie and Talia) is here, and Kaitlyn is done with classes – so in the past week, we have: covered the caterpillar tunnels and planted tomatoes and habitat plants for our SARE high tunnel project. planted our greenhouse pepper variety trial, and sent … More A busy week
This is the first year of our Northeast SARE high tunnel tomato project. Part of this project involves studying soil fertility management, which we have been working on for a few years – but it also includes a new focus on using habitat plants as part of a biological control strategy. What’s a habitat plant? Habitat plants … More Habitat plants in bloom
This year, we are repeating our variety trial of greenhouse peppers in a high tunnel. For those that are curious, last year’s results are published HERE. The little seedlings are off to a strong start! Now that the temperatures are starting to warm up and we’re in for some sunny weather, they should really start to take … More Greenhouse peppers revving up
We had a chance to peek under the low tunnels late last week, and found some beautiful onions. They’re looking strong and healthy, which is not a surprise given the mild winter we’ve had. Based on prior results, I would not expect that we’d be harvesting them until mid-May, but who knows? Stay tuned.