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Yesterday I spent the morning at Rhizosphere Farm.  It had been 10 days since I had last visited.  During that time we’d had rain and lots of beautiful sunshine.  Pulling into the drive I could see evidence of growth in the fields.  The bright hues of salad greens and radishes could be seen in contrast to the dark soil.  Seeds I had watched Terra sow were sprouting up, reaching for the warmth of the sun.

rhizosphere farm

The seedlings in the greenhouse are growing too and being transplanted to bigger, 4 inch pots as they are quickly outgrowing their current flats.  Just outside the greenhouse sorrel is ready for the picking.  I even got to try some for the first time and loved it’s tart flavor.

farm to table project

farm to table project

Potato planting was on the agenda for the day…yukons, desiree, purple majesty and fingerlings.  I didn’t really know a thing about the process of planting potatoes and had been looking forward to seeing how it was done.

Terra invited a few friends to help with the planting process, extra hands making the job go more quickly. She gave us a demo on how the planting should be done and everyone got to work.

farm to table project

farm to table project

Each potato is planted approximately 4 inches deep, cut side down, 12 inches apart.  There soon became a rhythm of dropping, measuring and planting working down the tilled rows.  I even planted a few fingerlings myself.  I’d been dying to get my hands into that gorgeous black soil, it felt as beautiful as it looked.

farm to table project

farm to table project

As the potatoes grow, they will need to go back through for hilling.  It’s the process of covering the above ground part of the plant with dirt, keeping it underground to promote growth.  This will be done several times during the growing season to each individual plant.

My time at the farm ended as everyone broke for lunch.  Heading to the trucks their conversations turned from potato planting to the tomatoes that needed to be transplanted that afternoon.  The plants have outgrown their current flats and are ready to be moved to 4 inch pots.

farm to table project

It has become very clear to me, in just two visits to this beautiful farm, that when you are growing food, the work is rarely ever done.

To see last week’s visit and more about this project click here.

If you are local, and interested in participating in Rhizosphere Farm’s 2012 CSA, contact Terra here and she will email you the information about this year’s program.

 

A little over a year ago, shortly after starting this blog, I watched a creative LIVE session that featured Penny De Los Santos.  In one particular part of the presentation she talked about the importance of having personal projects.  That each of us, as photographers, should create a project of our own to fuel our creativity, feed the passion within and continue our growth as artists.  Something about what she said resonated with me.  I wrote it down in the notes I was taking, in caps and underlined.  I loved the idea of a personal project, but what could I do?

organic farming

Fast forward a couple months to spring and the beginning of my favorite part of the year…the growing season.  In the midst of taking pictures of our garden and trips to the farmers’ market it dawned on me what my project should be.  In the years since changing the way we eat I have developed a passion for food that I never could have imagined having.  I love reading about how what we eat impacts our earth, our bodies and our communities.  Why wouldn’t I want to take that one step further by photographing it?

organic farming

organic farming

That’s where Rhizosphere Farm comes in. Located in the river valley of eastern Nebraska they are a small, but growing organic farm.  Heading into their fourth year they have agreed to let me document the growing season of their land.  My objectives for this project are to share the love and labor that goes into producing food, to tell more people about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and how we can all benefit from supporting them.  I want to document the days of a working farm in beautiful images and share recipes from the bounty it produces.

organic farming

organic farming

I could not be more excited about this project and hope you’ll follow along to see the workings of the farm and the people that run it, as the growing season unfolds.  Maybe you’ll even be inspired to find your own local grower to support.

 

organic farming

organic farming

organic farming

For those that are local and interested in participating in Rhizosphere Farm’s CSA, they still have a few spots available.  Just email them at rhizospherefarm@gmail.com and Terra will send you information about this year’s program.

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