Truro Farmer Raises Chickens for Cafeteria at Childhood School

Twenty years ago, Drew Locke was a student at Truro Central School. Now all grown up, he runs a poultry farm that feeds the current students a chicken lunch every Thursday. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Truro Central cafeteria manager Warren Falkenburg about the school’s new Farm to School initiative. He tells her about the challenges and rewards of getting local food on the table. You can read more on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Over At Transom

Among  Transom’s many offerings, you can always find informative reviews of new-to-the-market recording gear. Our Tools expert, Jeff Towne, offers reviews filled with details, illustrated with audio examples, and written in English that normal humans can understand — i.e. non-techies. He recently turned his attention to the Zoom H5 portable recorder.  Whether you want to make standard professional[…..]

Falmouth Farmer Grows Ginger in Heated Greenhouse

Ginger is native to the tropics. But that doesn’t mean we can’t grow on the Cape. Two years ago, Coonamessett Farm Manager Stan Ingram read an article about a farmer in Maine growing ginger, and this year he decided to try it. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Stan about the challenges of growing ginger in our cold climate. The finished crop tastes similar to mature ginger, but looks quite different.

If you’re interested in reading more about ginger farms in New England, here are two links. This links to the website of a ginger farm in Amherst, Massachusetts, and here’s the article Stan read about farmers experimenting with growing ginger in greenhouses in Maine.

You can see more pictures of the ginger plants at Coonamessett Farm on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Mobile Greenhouse Extends the Season—Twice

Many local farmers have a greenhouse to help extend the growing season. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young Brewster farmer who got a grant from the state to build a mobile greenhouse. The structure itself is 25 feet long by 12 feet wide, but it can slide back and forth over two fields 12 feet wide by 50 field long. Lucas Dinwiddie of Halcyon farm will use this system to cover different crops at different times of the year.

You can find plans to build a mobile greenhouse here, and see more pictures of the mobile greenhouse Lucas Dinwiddie built on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.