First Root Farm
First Root is a little vegetable farm with a big heart. We are young farmers who grow food with love. We love to eat, we love to cook, and we love working outside.
We farm on 4.5 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. Since 2009, we have been providing sustainably-grown vegetables and flowers to our community in eastern Massachusetts. Our vegetables are available in the summer, fall, and winter through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We also sell to several local restaurants and operate a mini-farmstand.
We use organic and sustainable growing practices because we want this land to be fertile and healthy for generations to come. We host monthly community work days and farm potlucks because we believe connecting folks to each other and the land and the food we all eat is both satisfying and important.
As a successful start-up farm, we hope to inspire other farmers (young and old) to take the plunge and make their own farm dreams come true.
Posted by Laura :: Saturday, August 1 :: 8:00am
Posted by Laura :: Monday, March 30 :: 5:10pm
March started out looking like this:
There was some beautiful sunshine, and a lot of snow. The greenhouse was surrounded, in fact. It took quite a while to shovel away enough snow to be able to open the door.
Then we had a lot of days that looked like this:
A whole lot of mud. A whole lot of grey. A whole lot of snowbanks. But we didn't let any of that stop us. We got to work seeding in the greenhouse.
We seeded over a hundred trays of leeks, onions, and shallots. Penny had a good time lying in the sun, soaking up the warmth. It felt good to have dirt under our fingernails again, even though the fields were still buried under who-knows-how-many feet of snow.
In the middle of all the grey and snow, we had the whole crew over for pizza and a crop planning seminar--because what else are you supposed to do in the middle of March when it feels like spring will never come?
The amazingly generous folks over at Gaining Ground, who let us share their greenhouse every year, put in a new watering system this season. Now there's a frost-free hydrant right outside the greenhouse door. It makes watering a hundred times easier.
The greenhouse filled up really fast. Now it's full of beautiful green growth. So spring must be on the way.
We've also seeded two rounds of arugula, baby kale, mizuna, and pea shoots in the hoophouse.
And where there used to be a solid wall of snow, with a narrowly-shoveled path around the hoophouse...there's dirt!
It's been a long winter, and the fields are still a long way from reappearing. But the snow is receding.
This week our awesome assistant grower started, and we officially welcomed spring with the return of one of the best First Root traditions, farm lunch. It feels good to be working full days again, out there in the world seeding, building, cleaning, sorting, organizing, getting ready, using our muscles...no matter what kind of weather the world throws at us.
We're not going to get on our fields for a few weeks yet, and who knows what kind of wet, unpredictable spring we're going to have. But here's what happens when you put seeds in the ground and water them: these beautiful eruptions, little volcanoes of soil, filled with tiny green sprouts that grow into plants that nourish us. No matter how many times I do this, year after year after year, this transformation is always going to be spectacular.
Here we go, spring.