Farmers in Training Journal

<p style=”padding:10px;”>Journal entries below are from Interns in our Farmer Training Program. These entries are mean to provide insight into the world of farming from the view of newcomers, and serve as an educational resource for our community. We hope you enjoy these journal entries as much as our interns enjoy their time on the farm! </p>

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  • Agro-ecology is a divine recommendation. And tilling is sinning. I was reading the Quran in preparation for my Scripture Study Group later in the week and I stumbled across a verse that I felt completely affirmed some of the concepts I have learned and experienced on the farm. The conversation between the Pharaoh in Egypt and Moses, who asks that he free the enslaved ...
  • Farmer’s Journal – J.D. Cerince – Entry 6 – Week of 4/17 One of the things that I love about the farm is all the different factors it considers. In large parts of the farm there are areas dedicated to feeding the wild insect life. Huge berms separate different fields and the boarders of the farm are lined with beautiful flowering plants that act as food for insects. ...
  • Bagrada Bugs & Science at the Farm The recent infestation of bagrada bugs has annihilated several beds of cruciferous vegetables, including arugula and mizuna. They appear when the temperatures are hot, so we expect to see more of them as summer sets in. There are no major predators for bagrada, and their primary food source is in the brassica family (broccoli, kale, ...
  • Helping the Soil So if your soil doesn’t fall within the equal proportions sand, silt and clay, or nothing grows, or you’d like for your vegetables to have the ideal base to grow from these are the strategies for building up the soil: Add organic matter which is like offering a buffet to the microbes. If you want lot ...
  • What is “the ground”? I was amazed at how much I didn’t know about the ground under my feet. Allah(swt) creates everything in a perfect balance with such beauty. I loved learning about what the soil houses and how the nutrients get to the plant- none of which I knew before. The week before I learned that ideal agricultural soil ...
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