Greetings CSA Members,
I would like to take a moment to thank you all for joining Sylvester Manor Educational Farm’s CSA for the 2013 growing season. We are very grateful to our returning members and we welcome our new members. We are gearing up for a really great year together. As many of you know, I am new to Sylvester Manor and Shelter Island. I moved here 5 months ago from New York’s Hudson Valley. I have been farming for the past 13 years. I am thrilled for the opportunity to grow with Sylvester Manor.
Here is a list of crops we that are currently in the ground in the Windmill Field: flowers, potatoes, kale, sweet potatoes, scallions, summer squash, zucchini, peanuts, salad greens, lettuce heads, radicchio, broccoli raab, spinach, carrots, radishes, fava beans, peas, sunflowers, parsley, okra, tomatoes, garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, celery, celeriac, and chWe have been very busy. Many more seedlings are living in the greenhouse, soon to be transplanted out into the field. We are excited for you to see the progress in the field.
I would like to take a minute to thank Pete Dandridge, Howard Johansen, and the Farm Committee for their work on the new irrigation system that was installed just prior to my arrival. The plants thank you.
The farm is changing and growing in some dynamic ways. In the last few months forty-five acres of non-native invasives were cleared of the back acreage along Manhansett Road. The work was done by local earthmover Billy “Punch” Johnston. And with the support of the Board of Directors and the Farm Committee, we are investing in the equipment needed to farm the new fields. This includes our long awaited new tractor.
Most important this year are the people on our farm crew. We have a strong team with a diverse set of skills and experiences.
Steve is back again this season to lead our interns, WWOOFers and field work. He is the keeper and teacher of the worksongs that have brought Sylvester Manor much fame.
We are lucky to have an exceptional group of interns this season: Lev, Megan, and Susan. They are three months into their seven-month internship with us.
Ben just recently moved to the Shelter Island from down south to be our new Market Coordinator. He will become a familiar face at this summer. He is really enjoying researching local products to offer at the farmstand.
Last, but not least, is Fox who moved here with me from the Hudson Valley. His roles include equipment operator, used equipment acquisition, livestock care, pasture maintenance, and jack-of-all trades.
We are all looking forward to feeding you,