Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner so this is the time when farm planning takes place. We are looking at an exciting year at Valley Crest with new additions to our produce and expanded programs for scouts and families.
To ensure the best apple and peach crop this year, we begin pruning in January, the best time to prune off older branches so air and light penetrate the center of the tree which ensures high production of fruit. Once March is here, we begin our greenhouse seedlings for our vegetable gardens. Heirloom tomatoes are on our list this year along with other unique and delicious vegetables for the table such as cardoons, microgreens and more.
Our DIG/SOW/GROW program welcomes Teen Challenge and ARC of Hunterdon County to help plant, maintain and harvest their own healing gardens. Teen Challenge is a residential care facility in Lebanon that helps young people and adults who struggle with addiction, and ARC works with those individuals who have disabilities. We are proud partner with these two incredible organizations.
Look for our promotion of nature-based birthday parties with our naturalist, Rachel McGovern, along with adult cooking programs and more at Valley Crest! The farm stand at 66 Allerton Road will reopen in March.