Tuesday, 27 Julio, 2010
Even with the privilege of having access to any piece of literature and just needing my finger tips to peruse the internet, there is still nothing more enlightening than picking the brain of the well-versed living. Head Farmer at Hilltop Hanover Farm, Maryellen Sheehan, is just a wealth of knowledge about farming. It is unfortunate that sometimes farming gets in the way of being able to tap into it, but none-the-less I am still learning.
HHF property houses a school for home-schooled children Something Good in the World or “Earth School” for short, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Butterfly Garden, the regional Watershed Agricultural Council headquarters, and our working farm and environmental center.
The tour was quite similar to what we offer the general public. It started in front of the office building and barns, historic structures that need protection as such. We continued on to the Farm-at-Home Garden, a space that I have responsibility over this season. Then, walked about to the school’s backyard to find a 60 year-old Bald Cypress tree that had been planted by previous owners when ornamental conifers were trendy. Bordering the schoolchildren’s play area is the chicken coop, a living building with a green-roof covered with hardy desert plants and a soil-like medium. Even though it does not take much structural adjustment to create a living building, it does take proper ecological forethought. The building was originally facing a south slope for maximum solar input and as a defense against wind erosion, but the building has since been rotated and is now dying.
|(Intern Michelle displaying Vevet Leaf)|
|(Thistle in the twilight)|
Maryellen recommended the following reading material:
• "Weeds of the Northeast"
by Richard Uva, Joseph Neal, and Joseph DiTomaso
• "Weeds and What They Tell" by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer
• "Weeds, Control without Poisons" by Charles Walters
• "Weeds" by Walter Muenscher