Getting Lots Done with Interns Abe and Mark

Welcome to our very first Sustainable Living Immersion Program participants, Abram Johnson from Lyons, NY and Mark Russo, from Manhattan, NY! They are both super-sweet guys, hard workers, and lots of fun for Neshima and Emet to play with. Even as I write, Mark and Emet are building a new Erector Set together. We have accomplished an incredible amount of work with these extra hands.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Abram removing the largest rock ever in order to make way for our new kiwi and grape trellises.
  • Mark building new nest boxes in the field hoop coops in hopes of reducing egg pecking.
  • 50 new meat bird chicks growing nicely in the brooder, unaware of their fate as dinner for YOU ALL in about 6 weeks.
  • Lots of seedlings in the greenhouse room – onions, leeks, tomatoes, peppers, kale, broccoli, lettuce, eggplant, parsley, celery, basil, etc.
  • About 1/3 of the gardens planted, including snow, snap, and shell peas, carrots, onions, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, cilantro, turnips, etc.
  • 2 new pear trees planted in honor of the birth of Caona Asuta Asili, Taina and Gaetano’s beautiful baby girl!
  • Perennials, including raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries nicely transplanted and thickly mulched.