The weather on harvest day was perfect: sunny and temps in the 70s.
Before digging up the potatoes, we cut back the foliage and allowed the tubers to cure in the ground for a couple weeks.
This spring, we started something called Company Farm. Our goal was to grow food to donate to families in need.
Well, the harvest is in, and we dug 325 pou [...]
Vicky Broe prepares her Apple Crisp.
Is there someone at your company that makes a signature dish, one that employees request for potlucks or meetings? At Gardener’s Supply, Vicky Broe’s apple crisp is one of those dishes.
Vicky’s Apple Crisp
Serving apple crisp
Each year, I make this dish for our new-employee orientation [...]
Small, “new potatoes” harvested during a round of weeding. Varieties include Superior, Chieftain and Carola.
Company Farm, our project to grow food for those in need, is well into its pilot year. So far, so good! Our goal: Grow potatoes in our corporate “backyard” (Burlington, VT), using volunteer gardeners from the st [...]
How the tree looked early in the season.
I went out to weed the front garden early this morning while it was still cool. The bed runs right along the sidewalk on Colchester Avenue in Burlington, VT, so I like to keep it nice. Every year, my spouse and I plant something different, featuring colorful annuals. This year’s design [...]
Terrazza planters hold tomatoes, supported by Tomato Ladders.
Gina serves lunch after the gardening is complete.
Last week — on a rare day free of rain — volunteers from the marketing department went to rejuvenate some gardens at a facility that serves Burlington’s homeless. We spent the morning digging out weeds and planting a fresh ba [...]
Crops thriving in the Elevated Grow Shelter, our newest cold frame.
When I planted, winter was still in the air — and on the ground.
Back in late April, I planted seeds in a 4′ x 4′ Elevated Grow Shelter. In mid-June, it’s just bursting with life. I love all the different textures and shades of green in such a compact space. [...]
Leah Corpieri’s garden on the campus of our Milton, VT, distribution center.
Because we are “a company of gardeners,” many of us have employee gardens right outside our workplaces. Here’s the story of one of those gardens.
After taking two years off from vegetable gardening (I had moved and could only plant a few conta [...]
Despite the weather-related challenges, our potatoes are growing.
After the first five weeks of our pilot year of Company Farm, I’ve learned that farming is not for the fainthearted. Nor is it for people who tend to worry. When you start a farm (or a backyard garden), you surrender certain controls and take what nature dishes out.
We st [...]