The Farm Gardens
Blue Star Equiculture has a farm garden that has been in production for the past 5 years. Every season an intern from UMass/Stockbridge School plants various vegetables and flowers. The interns who oversee the production of it all from start to finish. Future farmers are allowed to experiment with old and newer methods of sustainable farming using horsepower, without the pressure of production yields. This gives novice growers an important opportunity to learn through trial and error. As always, Blue Star Equiculture is committed to sustainable growing practices. We never use petrochemicals for fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Our vegetables and flowers are grown with composted manure from the Blue Star herd and most of the work in the garden is done by hand with minimal use of tractors or heavy equipment to reduce soil compaction.
Rare and Heirloom Seeds
We grew a lot of rare and heirloom seeds this year which carry the stories of the farmers and gardeners who have cared for them over centuries and selected the best and strongest plants to take seeds from. Some of our seeds came from our neighbors in New England and some came from as far away as Egypt, Russia and Sudan. We grew a tomato which dates back to the Haitian revolution, beans that came from the Lenape tribes of Pennsylvania and many more complex stories of seeds traveling the world through trade and migration.
The Spiral Gardens
In the spiral gardens this year we grew some different crops to either generate more seeds to save these rare varieties, or as part of the Experimental Farm Network which connects farmers and scientists to grow seeds for specific traits. We’re participating in trials to grow more drought-tolerant and high yield grains for areas of the world affected by droughts and famines as well as a trial to yield a true purple tomato that tastes great.