Bowdoin Organic Garden

The Handoff

Story posted August 30, 2010

As of August 20th, Tristan Williams, our fearless leader over the last year, has said goodbye and is off to work on rebuilding Madison Hut in the White Mountains for the rest of the season.  He will then be living in Burlington, VT.  Thanks for ushering in such a wonderfully productive season Tristan!

I have new returned to the post of Organic Garden Manager, after spending the last year in Oregon with family and scouting out opportunities to start my own farm.  Turns out the BOG is just where I want to be after all!  I will finish out the 2010 season here and then resume in 2011. 

Since I returned, a few new and exciting changes have come our way.  First, we have sealed the deal with Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport (about 8 miles from our Pleasant Hill Road field) to use 1 acre next season.  We plan to grow low-intensity crops, such as sweet potatoes, garlic, winter squashes, ornamental corn, and strawberries out there, so we won’t have to go more than once a week.  In the blink of an eye, we’re doubling our acreage!

Second, we now have our very own wash station.  For the last 5 years, we have used the wash room at Crystal Spring Farm, but now we have our own space at the Dining Services storage warehouse on Whittier Street in Brunswick.  The convenience of having our own space by far outweighs the dank, mildewy building we’re now in!  Fortunately we have a table with wheels that we take outside to wash on.  The best part is that there is a HUGE walk-in cooler that we have all to ourselves, so we can harvest crops one day and wash/deliver them another. 

There are some other ideas/projects in the pipeline too, but I’ll hold off on spilling the beans (hint).

It's been a great season!
— Tristan Williams

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