Dirt Pic #5: Squeezing in the plantings

Ah, a dry day! Karen Lassell, Point au Roche, seizes the day and plants turnip seeds. Photo: Daniel Hyman.

Ah, a dry day! Karen Lassell, Point au Roche, seizes the day and plants turnip seeds. Photo: Daniel Hyman.

The long stretches of rain haven't made this growing season easy for anyone so far. Farmers are scrambling to get in the hay when they can. Tomatoes are languishing (Amy Ivy has some good tips on what to do about that). I'm probably not the only one to have a row of seeds just get washed away by a deluge.

Karen Lassell took advantage of Saturday's gorgeous day to sew some turnips in her home garden in Pointe Au Roche near Lake Champlain, north of Plattsburgh.

Daniel Hyman of Plattsburgh caught the moment and writes:

Between all the rain she has been getting, and her full time job, she has had a challenge getting plants and seeds started.  Fortunately, she found a nice sunny day with not so much mud on the ground and was able to sneak some seeds in without getting soaked herself.  While she is not a commercial farmer, she enjoys her garden and the various produce it yields.

Daniel says he's a big fan of the Dirt Pic concept – telling the story of farming one photo at a time – and heaps praise on all you farmers out there:

I love the idea of this project, to show people the value of the food and even the difference that a simple home garden can make.  The sum of the home gardeners to the environment can be immense in the form of saving fuel to deliver produce to stores and machines to plant and harvest produce, etc.  Also, as a city dweller, I LOVE to stop by farm stands and get myself some local produce! Thank you local farmers!

Please submit your photo of what farming looks like in your world – the produce, the sweat, the office spreadsheet – and do your best to get a farmer in the pic! Send it to david-at-ncpr-dot-org, along with full names and a quick story about what's happening in the photo.

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