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06/10/15 4:30pm
HALSEY QUINN PHOTO Cricket, safely leaning against a rock, off duty from clearing brush and restoring pasture land.

HALSEY QUINN PHOTO
Cricket, safely leaning against a rock, off duty from clearing brush and restoring pasture land.

Sylvester Manor, with all of its 243 acres, is home to countless crops, trees and animals. However, despite popular demand, the Manor was goat-less until two months ago, when Cricket and Copper arrived. (more…)

06/09/15 12:00pm
KURT ERICKSEN PHOTO Romaine heads in Windmill Field, overshadowing the soil to minimize weeds while retaining soil moisture.

KURT ERICKSEN PHOTO
Romaine heads in Windmill Field, overshadowing the soil to minimize weeds while retaining soil moisture.

To manage weeds, we need to recognize that they are indicators of soil conditions.

If the soil in your garden is wet and poorly drained or compacted, acidic, alkaline, overworked or fertile, you will have different weeds growing. Get to know the weeds in your garden. You can either find plants that prefer those conditions or make changes for the plants you want to grow. (more…)

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05/29/15 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Kurt Ericksen at the Sylvester Manor farmstand where the first spring crops are already on offer.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Kurt Ericksen at the Sylvester Manor farmstand where the first spring crops are already on offer.

After college and a tour of service in the United States Coast Guard, Kurt Ericksen turned to a profession that drew upon his unusual skill set: experience with environmental regulations and policy, a willingness to get extremely dirty and sangfroid. He became a farmer. (more…)

05/12/15 10:00am
COURTESY SYLVESTER MANOR PHOTO These baby lettuce plants will grow to cover the exposed soil between them, providing shade and conserving moisture.

COURTESY SYLVESTER MANOR PHOTO
These baby lettuce plants will grow to cover the exposed soil between them, providing shade and conserving moisture.

Shortly after my arrival on the Island, I learned two important things: Food is very expensive and everybody is concerned about the levels of fresh water. Since I am a farmer, it seems that more folks should grow food and how they grow it needs to use as little of the Island’s freshwater resources as possible. (more…)