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field notes upcoming events Skills, Scale, and Sustainability Volume 17 | Number 21 | October 19 & 23, 2012 Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $225 non-members; $220 members Join Shane J. LaBrake for a 3-day intensive workshop that blends philosophy and pragmatic advice with hands-on training and real-life problem solving as you develop your small-scale agricultural endeavors. Tractor Operation and Maintenance: 2-Day Workshop Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $145 members; $160 non-members This two-day, hands-on workshop demystifies tractors and empowers their users to operate and maintain their machines more safely and with greater skill and confidence. Pre-registration required for events. For details on any event, please visit or call 301-283-2113. Farm Manager Becky Seward Ecosystem Farm at Accokeek Hello CSA Community, The mild-fall weather has kept us in the business of tomatoes, at the same time that we admire the flavor and sweetness of the greens that have been through their first frost. I feel as if, during this time of year, I walk around in a haze of amber and ochre, for these are the colors of the world around me as I walk the fields. There is the verdant of the thriving green, and the warm flaming of the fall colors, as they intensify daily. This is the time of year to pay attention to plants, for the rate of their change is rapid, and we can miss the majesty of their color season if we don’t look. I have even noticed that the poison ivy on our fenceline has turned a lovely bright orange. May you and yours enjoy this week’s produce and the fireworks of fall! Apprentice Farmers Susan Cook, Sky Harman Farm Intern Crystal Proctor Farm Assistant Blain Snipstal Love and persimmons, Farmer Becky 3-Season Pick List colors holding fast vision tinted with soft red Autumn continues Arugula Kale Hot Peppers Green Peppers Radishes Sungold Cherry Tomatoes Beets Basil Yukina Savoy Crowns Cucumbers

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