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The Great Fall Pumpkin

The History of a Seasonal Favorite

Fall is officially here and the pumpkin obsession has begun. widget-pumpkin-hayrides-2This fall at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, we are offering Pumpkin Hayrides, as well as offering a large selection of pumpkins grown and sold in the Teen Ag Farm Stand. Since pumpkin season is upon us, here is a quick history of the pumpkin we all know and love.

The early settlers of pilgrims relied heavily on pumpkins to keep their colonies from dying of starvation. Instead of pie, the settlers would make a custard inside of the pumpkin, as well as ferment the pumpkins to produce a beer. In the earliest of colonies, the shells of pumpkins were even used as a template for uniformed haircuts desired by the puritans. Because of this practice, the people New England were given the nickname “pumpkin heads”.

We all recognize our standard pumpkins as being bright orange and ready to be transformed into Jack-o-Lanterns, but pumpkins can also be yellow, green, red, or white. The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word “pepon”, which means “large melon”, and scientifically speaking, a pumpkin is considered to be a fruit. In the United States, over 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown and sold every year (USDA).

Teen Ag Crew Field Trip of the Week

By Lilly Kuhn, Teen Ag Crew Member Last Friday, the Teen Ag crew traveled to the Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon, ME. Cultivating Community’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) is based out of Packard-Littlefield Farm and provides both land and training to refugees hoping to get involved in Maine agriculture. Most participants start out with a quarter… Continue Reading

Tom’s Talk: Why We Cover Crop

In last week’s Tom Talk I briefly touched on cover cropping as a means of weed management. This week we will dive into cover cropping and all of its benefits.   A cover crop is a non cash crop planted on ground not being utilized for vegetable production. Leaving bare ground or “tillage” in your field puts you at… Continue Reading

Tom’s Talk: Weed Management Plan

Farm staff  Richard and Tom are busy overseeing the Teen Ag Program and vegetable garden this summer season. Tom’s science-rich talks are found each week in the CSA Newsletter. Read this week’s Tom’s Talk to learn about how the Teen Ag crew keeps their weeds at bay. By Tom Prohl We are in full swing with… Continue Reading

Doing My Part: Bringing Local Food from Garden to Plate

Gabriella discusses her involvement in the Teen Ag Program and volunteering at the first Farm-to-Table dinner, where much of the produce served was grown in the Wolfe’s Neck Farm gardens. By Gabriella Gaspardi As a member of the Teen Ag crew, for the entirety of last season I was only ever part of growing the… Continue Reading

Tom’s Talk: Why Compost?

As summer winds to a close and cooler air moves in, farmers often admire their compost piles with steam rising off of them in the early hours of the morning. This steam is the result of microorganisms eating and digesting organic material within the compost and the result is gaseous release and heat. This weeks… Continue Reading