Closing time photojournal

I remember so many moments today when I thought to bring out my camera and snap a shot.  The black stem bases of some of the pepper seedlings and the jelly layer of microscopic life that'd formed over their soil cells.  The earthen hues of different fertilizer ingredients swirling slowly together as a volunteer stirred the wheelbarrow.  A strawberry flower, five white petals surrounding a tiny, fuzzy, yellow strawberry embryo at its center.  The hands, quickly working through trays of seedlings and root balls, of all the people who helped pot up our field peppers: crew leader Kiya, interns Hannah, Mo, and Huiyang, high school volunteers hoping to get a position on the youth crew, and even a few more individual volunteers.  It'd be fun to video everyone's different styles and techniques for a project like that.  The Great Pepper Pot-Up of 2018, three big rounds of different pepper collections that now fill the nursery, felt more epic than years past, and I'm glad so many hands got to be a part of it.

For all those times I thought to take a photo, I didn't take one until I was making the final rounds of the day: closing up the high tunnels to trap in heat, watering in the army of eggplant and pepper starts we potted up, soaking up the harvest. 

A short photo journal of the end of a sunny day in April: 

 Vantage: Closing up the high tunnels to notice spinach poppin’ and cukes hanging on by a thread

Vantage: Closing up the high tunnels to notice spinach poppin’ and cukes hanging on by a thread

 Biennial: Securing the old ladder behind the high tunnels in a flush of collard flowers

Biennial: Securing the old ladder behind the high tunnels in a flush of collard flowers

 Cycle: Watering in and counting trays of field peppers, remembering the mountains of peppers over my first season of farming

Cycle: Watering in and counting trays of field peppers, remembering the mountains of peppers over my first season of farming

 Lesson: Now we see how many seeds accidentally dumped into this bok choy tray during vacuum seeder training last week

Lesson: Now we see how many seeds accidentally dumped into this bok choy tray during vacuum seeder training last week

 Kindred: Another member of the Rose family flowering across the farm from the strawberries

Kindred: Another member of the Rose family flowering across the farm from the strawberries

 Bounty: Everyone left with a happy armful of the most beautiful, candy-color Swiss chard I’ve ever seen

Bounty: Everyone left with a happy armful of the most beautiful, candy-color Swiss chard I’ve ever seen