Intervale Community Farm

Burlington's Intervale Farms

I photographed at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington last week when it was 96 degrees.  They were picking  green salad bowl lettuce, a baby lettuce variety, and weeding squash. Despite the high heat and humidity, the farmers, interns and volunteers were working determinedly and with good spirit!

 

Silas Branson

Kim Ward and crew pick baby lettuce: Glenna and Rod Copeland, Katie Richards and Warren Lee

Farm Manager Andy Jones

Katie Horner, an intern with the UVM Farmer Training program, and Alex Dugas, volunteer

Erik Rehman weeding squash

Emily Irwin, and Erik Rehman both work for ICF

Graham Waugh, a native of New Brunswick,Canada, and part of the UVM Farmer Training program

Assistant Farm Manager Becky Maden plowing the fields

Yael Rhodes and Chris Hessey making bouquets at the nearby Stray Cat Flower Farm

Below: The field's bounty today, during the CSA pick-up: tomatoes, zucchini and baby lettuces

Member Robyn Schenck picking her own flowers

Weighing a lettuce share

Nina DeLeone Mazuzan is really happy about the new tomatoes!

 

 

 

The Intervale Recovers from Irene

Today I went to the Burlington Intervale to visit the farms and discover some positive news amidst the shock of Hurricane Irene's impact on Vermonters all across the State. My good friends Andy Jones and Becky Maden of the Intervale Community Farm greeted me warmly and told me about their flood experience and the produce they were able to save!  They had many many wonderful helping hands last Friday, Saturday and Monday gathering as many vegetables as possible.

Becky checks on the beautiful tomatoes in the greenhouse in the photo below. You can see the silt line from the flood.  The tomatoes are bountiful and delicious!

 



Josh Deane enjoys cantaloupe harvested last Friday before the flood.


The raspberries were covered with water about a foot high, but above that line they are ripening!

The farmers were able to pick tons of onions and tomatoes with the help of members before the fields were inundated with water.  They are in storage now.

Diana Doll, owner of Stray Cat Flower Farm, explained how the water rose to just below the blooms in this field at her farm.

Samantha Tilton harvests Rudbeckia at Stray Cat Farm.

The Stray Cat check list - everything is OK.

Hilary Martin and Hayden Boska of Digger’s Mirth Farm wash a huge harvest of beets.  These were all picked last Friday and Saturday.

Intervale Community Farm’s broccoli, peppers and kohlrabi.

Jessica Sanford of the Intervale Community Farm washing peppers.

Andy Jones and Becky Maden unload more vegetables to store in their large cooler.

Jill Rotondo of the Intervale Community Farm carries a box of colorful peppers on the trike!

Summer Portraits

Here are several portraits I've taken recently. First up is Becky Maden, the farm manager at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington.

Julie Dunigan, a talented artist and great friend.

Edward Behr, the editor of The Art of Eating Magazine produced in Peacham, Vermont and recognized by food lovers around the world.

Sandra Vesterstein, owner of Pure Potential Coaching in Burlington, Vermont.

Kelly Ormond, a good friend and former resident of Vermont now residing in San Francisco.  We visited the Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro, Vermont.

Caroline Lehner and her mom Joanne at Lake Eden, Vermont.

Spring at the Intervale Community Farm

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Burlington's Intervale is full of wonderful community farms.  I visited my friend and manager of the Intervale Community Farm, Andy Jones, to check on the season's growth so far.  I found Andy patching up one of the farm trucks with a riveter and we chatted about the warm weather and early season.  Then I photographed Becky Maden in one of the hoophouses where the seedlings are off to a great start.  Becky demonstrated how they are grafting seedling tomatoes onto roots with heartier stock - a very delicate operation.  They hope this will help avert a recurrence of the late blight which hit last summer and decimated the tomato harvest throughout Vermont.

Below is an infrared shot of a Stray Cat Flower Farm hoophouse awaiting the start of the season.