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Posted in Uncategorized by Chuck on the May 15th, 2011

After a good stretch of fine spring weather it looks like we are headed for some cloudy and showery stuff. I planted corn on Thursday in the dust so a bit of rain is a good thing,,,,, but 5 days? We have brought in 24 bee hives to work the apple and peach blossoms. Without the transfer of pollen from one blossom to another no fruit will form, and honey bees are notoriously wimpy about working in anything other than sunny warm weather. The blossom period will only last about a week so hopefully we will get a few rays of sunshine here and there. This week looks to be really busy, we have strawberry plants to plant, raspberries, beans, and more corn, Diane is filling the greenhouse with all sorts of transplants that will go into the field in another week or so. But the real action this week will be on Wed. and Thurs., when we host School to Farm days for 4th graders in Concord and surrounding towns. There will be hundreds of kiddos, they get to visit with Diane in the orchard, a beekeeper, dairy farmer, maple sugar producers, some horses and probably something that I forgot. I hope they all wear their rubber boots given the forecast. On Fri we will hosting a busload of NH legislators for lunch and tour of the farm looking at some of the USDA research plots we have in the orchard. Oh and we be making the rounds trying to convince the bees that it is time to get to work. Chuck

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