Welcome to the Intervale Community Farm, a thriving member-owned farm in its 25th season of growing organic produce in the heart of Burlington, Vermont.
We are moving along into spring rapidly here at ICF. Though we are still looking forward to — am I crazy? – mud season, right now we are busily planting seeds in the greenhouse,
Last week winter share, this week fertilizer storage.
fixing broken things, and bringing in supplies. New and exciting for us this year is a roomful of sunflower and canola seed meals from Full Sun Company in Middlebury.
We’re always looking for more sustainable sources of soil fertility. We aim to grow as much of our own fertility through legume green manures such as hairy vetch and red clover. When we need to add additional fertilizer, we often are not
Canola meal pellets
pleased with our options. This year we’ll be using local seed meals from Addison county courtesy of Full Sun Company. Their business is local unrefined sunflower and canola oil, but the leftovers after pressing make a good organic fertilizer or livestock feed. While it is bulky stuff, we look forward to feeding our crops on a diet of pellets that
Sunflower meal pellets
smell good enough to eat! Full Sun Company oils don’t yet have distribution in Burlington, but they are working on it and it can now be found a few places in Addison county.
Despite the massive snowstorm moving through this week, our winter shares will be wrapping up on March 13 (Group 1) and March 20 (Group 2).
We’ve been starting seeds in the greenhouse for the summer production; inside the greenhouse is an oasis from the snow and wind! If you haven’t signed up for a summer share yet, don’t worry. Just go to the JOIN NOW button on the right and you’ll be directed to the electronic forms.
As usual at the end of a season, we’d like to hear from you about your experiences. Please take our survey about the winter share here.
Thank you for your continued interest and support. Don’t forget to invite your friends to join us this summer!
You can see Farmers Andy & Becky in this recently debuted video on the importance of organic farming. A project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), creators Helen Whybrow and Michael Sacca feature many organic farmers discussing the importance and craft of organic agriculture. Just a shade under 10 minutes, it features clips of Andy, Becky, and ICF. View it here on Vimeo: Organic Matters.