Late fall update from The Farm


Hoophouse 2 is growing with salad mix, scallions, kale, arugula, spinach, kale, chard, beets, and carrots.

The garlic is planted outdoors at the farm, and we are now ready for the snow and ice of winter to come. It is a time of reflection, planning, and hunkering down at The Farm at St. Joe’s.

It’s hard to believe that this is our third fall at The Farm at St. Joe’s. This fall we have a third hoophouse that is being retrofit to be handicap accessible and this be patient focused. This is an exciting project in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Eisenhower Center. Stop by in March to see some innovative hoophouse production with a therapeutic twist.

Work on The Farm this fall has been getting accomplished in part with the help of the Washtenaw County ISD Young Adult Program. This group of 5 young adults help out for two hours each Thursday morning rain or shine or cold.

Farmer Dan has been also getting farm hand support from Eastern Michigan University dietetic intern Garnet Bruell. Garnet has been helping around the farm to prepare garlic beds, plant garlic, weed, water, and rip tomato plants. Garnet is also helping behind the scenes to help build organizational capacity for The Farm.

The Farm has been visited by two tour group this past month, one organized by FSEP, which was a group of food service employees from Ypsilanti Public Schools and one group of professionals for an event called “Eating Healthy Day” organized by The American Heart Association. The Farm is happy to give your group a tour. Just email bairdz@trinity-health.org.

We always welcome visitors. Stop by and say to Farmer Dan and the winter vegetables.

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