Greetings from New England! Here on the Sol Food bus, we are enjoying beautiful, cool northern weather as we travel between farms and discover new areas of our country. Since we left our garden build in Philadelphia we have spent time in Trenton, NJ; New Haven, CT; Belfast and Harborside, ME; Moose Creek, NH; Johnson and Warren, VT. Traveling in the bus has been wonderful but slow as we chug up mountain roads in our huge mobile greenhouse. We have learned so much from all of the farmers we have meet here in New England, and we hope to bring that fresh knowledge to our garden we work with in Detroit and Chicago. We have also been busy planning out our farmers market visits in Cleveland and Buffalo for the next leg of our trip.
Huge highlights for us in this area of the country has been visiting the Yale University student farm (part of their Sustainable Food Project) in New Haven, Connecticut and visiting the Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. We later learned that these two farms are distantly connected through a man name Eliot Coleman who is a farming hero for us, along with his wife Barbara Damrosch (author of The Garden Primer), who run the Four Season Farm and helped design the plans for the Yale Farm almost a decade ago. Both farms are incredible and we met wonderful farmers and interns at both locations.
Our time at the Four Season farm was a beautiful one! We rolled into Harborside, Maine late one afternoon and enjoyed the land so much that we stayed until the following afternoon. Eliot and Barbara are both famous for their innovative farming methods and farming publications. We spent time there touring the farm, weeding flower beds with the interns and eating delicious meals thanks to all of the donated fresh vegetables we received. We also enjoyed bike rides around the coast of the island and swims in the nearby coves. Many thanks to the hospitality and knowledge shares we received at Four Season Farm! We hope to return one day soon.
Now we are weaving the bus around Mount Washington and through the valleys of the Green Mountain range of Vermont. We have spent time at Prospect Rock Farm in Johnson, VT and are currently visiting the Yestermorrow Design Build School here in Warren. Our next stop will be at a farmers market in Burlington and then onto Watertown, New York.