Nineteen volunteers showed up early Saturday morning to weed and clean up the north end of the farm and parts of the organic section. It was truly wonderful to see how that many folks can make a difference in such a short time! The Farm looked so much better after a few hours! Spring clean up will be another opportunity so we thank all of you who came last Saturday and hope to see more of you in the spring!
Our resident beekeeper, Barbara Phillips, aka Dr. Ra Ra, will be at the farm from 10 am until noon on our farm clean-up morning, Saturday, November 19th! Barbara has more of her delicious, farm honey to sell.
Skidaway farms honey is the best hostess gift to give for the coming holiday season. Everyone loves it!!!! Plus it has been suggested that eating local honey from our very own farm can reduce allergy symptoms from pollen.
Hello to all the farmers and a special thank you to those who completed our springtime survey!
I know, I know, it’s fall now but better late than never! Wanted you all to know that there was great feedback from the farmers and we, the board, appreciated all of your responses, comments and suggestions. Most of all, we appreciated all those who volunteered to help carry the workload of the Farm and keeping it running smoothly.
Maintenance and Condition of the Farm:
High marks were given for the maintenance of the Farm with two issue most problematic: the road ruts at the entrance to the parking lot and poor drainage in some of the plots and areas surrounding plots. As you know, the road repair was finished in the summer by the Landings Association with no cost incurred by the Farmers. Thank you Landings Association! The drainage problems continue to be monitored and various methods to fix these have been discussed. No inexpensive farm-wide solution has been found yet. For now, farmers will need to address the drainage problem of their plots on an individual basis. Many farmers employ deep trenching and building up of their plots to facilitate drainage when experiencing heavy rain.
Management received good marks from the Farmers with a few issues that could be improved.
Communication could be improved with many of you unclear as to how and with whom to communicate.
Many of you would appreciate more educational opportunities at the Farm.
Suggestions regarding more info in the TWATL and Skinnie about the Farm both as a marketing tool as well as an educational/informational resource.
Hose bibs were problematic in some plots in two ways: not plentiful enough and not in the best location, often obstructing the use of carts in the plot. Drainage problems were cited as a continuing problem.
Neighboring Farmers were most frequently cited in complaints regarding weeds.
Thank you again for all your responses and your involvement with our community farm. We will be finding better and more frequent ways to communicate with you all over the next few months. Also asking for your help in the coming weeks with some fall cleanup mornings! Happy planting!
1) continue to clear your plots from debris and weeds
2) add compost, manure, or fertilizer of your choice, your garden soil is ” hungry ” after the long season!
3) feed your eggplant, okra and peppers if you want them to reward you until frost
4) continue to be aware of fire ants and other pests that may have set up housekeeping in your garden.
It’s time to plant!😃
Anytime now you may get the fall garden started. I prefer to wait until the weather has moderated, usually the third or fourth week in September and after. Planting now will require extra TLC, especially watering! Now is the time to seed some green beans if you would like a fall crop. An especially nice variety is the Blue Lake pole bean, available in bulk at Hester and Zipperer. Yummo!
Minutes – Skidaway Farms, Inc. Board Meeting
Wednesday June 15, 5:00 pm Skidaway Audubon Pavilion
Present: Jane Kollman, Cathy Adler, Ralph Hinz, Bob Rogers
Absent: Joe Tyson, Monica Hughes
Other Attendees: Rick Cunningham
Meeting minutes of 6/15/16 meeting approved. Motion by BR, seconded by RH, unanimously approved.
Entrance road improvements to be done by TLA. Work to begin 7/26 and 7/27.
Fall festival update. Pot luck discussed rather than imposing on the club. 9/25 the only date Joe is available. Further discussion needed.
Weed notices sent by Jane. Plot cleanup and solarization in progress.
Ralph reported possible drainage solution for east side of farm. No action at this time as there are currently lots available for rental. Further discussion as more plots are needed.
East/west green belt clean-up to be done in near future by Jones Coastal Landscaper.
Irrigation issues with present controller discussed. Motion to purchase new controller by Cathy Adler, seconded by Jane Kollman if Ralph deems necessary. Addendum: original controller installed and programmed by Ralph.
Finance report: expenses and income YTD fairly balanced. Dumpster service to be increased to twice weekly for a few months to handle increased refuse due to plot clean-up. Budget to be posted.
After many bumpy rides to get to Skidaway Farms, the entry road was smoothed out, potholes filled and drainage problems solved. The Landings Association, responsible for the road’s maintenance, repaired it once the board brought it to their attention. Hooray! Just in time for our fall planting activity.