The History of a Seasonal Favorite
Fall is officially here and the pumpkin obsession has begun. This 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).
When Hannah isn’t touring the education gardens with excitable young summer campers, you may find her at a local historical museum. Somewhere between these two spaces, this Farm Camp Educator has found her passion. “My hope is that the two don’t need to be mutually exclusive,” she says of her fulfillment of teaching outside of the… Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
By Ben Jensen, Livestock Manager Happy spring everyone! Or at least I think it’s spring…the sun actually peeked out for about 4 minutes the other day and I got a raging sunburn. Things here in the barn are going very well! We are nearly done lambing, and as of writing this I have 32 happy… Continue Reading
Read the latest book recommendation from our resident beekeeper at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Jen added this new hobby to her job responsibilities just last year, and her work has helped to support a declining bee population and promote sustainability on the farm. “The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and… Continue Reading
Down by the water, along the coast Came a call in the wind, But not from a ghost It traveled from the barn, For all to hear From the campground and trails, To anyone near. From the snow a voice drew, Waiting and wishing To be built once again, Oh what fun he was missing!… Continue Reading
Signs of frost were a telltale indicator that it was time to prepare the gardens for colder months. The vegetable garden was gleaned, the farm stand was pruned (so to speak) to a size fit for indoors, and remaining pumpkins were divvied between livestock and compost piles. That’s not to say that no work remained.… Continue Reading
We would like to give a warm round of thanks to Linda Swanson for her many years of leadership, creativity and energy as Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s Head Gardener. She recruited, organized and inspired a community of gardeners and made our gardens bloom. She has truly been one of the farm’s great volunteers over the years. Note from Linda: “Greetings… Continue Reading