Here is an inside look at baby leeks being planted as part of our growing trials for various Asian greens.
Tomato season is fast approaching. We are up potting tomatoes from plug trays to 4 inch pots in the greenhouse and will transplant them into the hoop houses in mid May.
HDFI farm manager, Ray, is covering a bed in black plastic mulch before planting bell peppers. Plastic mulch helps control pests especially thrips, eliminates weeds, heats soil and conserves water by reducing evaporation. We will be using plastic mulch for our bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers this spring and summer.
We started seeing ladybugs on site a couple of weeks ago, and have seen dozens this week. There are over 6,000 species of lady beetles world-wide, and serve an important role in the control of major agricultural pests including aphids, thrips, leafhoppers, and psyllids. Each larvae will consume 200-300 aphids …
The HDFI is working on making our site a little more welcoming to the eye. Here, Farmcorps members Cori and Ashley are using recycled materials to weld flower sculptures for the farm.
As the season starts to warm up, the HDFI is beginning to branch out from lettuce. Four beds of carrots have just been planted in one of our new outdoor beds!
We recently had our third US Foods harvest, combining our hoop house Lolla Rosa lettuce with Nevada and butter head lettuce grown hydroponically by a partner grad student.