Last Fall, the Aevitas Community Action Committee found the Patroon Land Farm. The farm is located in Voorheesville, and supplies fresh produce for the Regional Food Bank. Also, we found out that the farm is able to do most of its work through volunteer efforts – so we jumped right in!
Want to learn more about the farm and how it supports the Food Bank? Check out their website right HERE!
In the fall of 2020, a group of Aevitans lent our time to the farm for the first time. It was harvest season, and together we picked loads and loads of green bell peppers! We were done in the pepper fields so quickly, we were then moved to the onion fields to harvest what remained after the initial onion harvest the week before.
Since the 2020 farm volunteer day was such a success, we could not wait to get back to helping this year! The farm began taking Saturday volunteer groups last week (May 8th), so that it what we did!
Spring farming, as you can imagine, is somewhat different than fall farming. Instead of harvesting, we were planting. Together with some other volunteers, the Aevitans took to the onion fields once again! This time, we worked to transplant over 11,000 onion starts to their seasonal home in the dirt. 11,000 onion transplants, in under three hours at that!
We could not have had a more perfect morning. The weather was warm, but overcast. So no squinting or sunburns! A little bit of rain sprinkled from the sky while we were in the field, but not enough to care about. After we were done in the fields, the real rain came and gave our baby onions a nice fresh drink!
We have enjoyed both of our trips to the Patroon Land Farm, and we do plan to go back later in the 2021 season. Who knows what we’ll be able to help with then?! THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who came out to support this amazing local cause, on either (or both!) occasions! We can’t wait to see you back at the farm soon!