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The coldframe and greenhouse are filling up with seedlings.

And the new crew of interns is ready to plant!

Spring is a waiting game, and now we wait for the fields to dry out. The plants are backing up in the greenhouse, and as soon as we have a window of opportunity it will be a mad dash here at the farm to get everything that’s ready into the ground! Meanwhile, thanks to some great CSA volunteers, the onions are all potted up in trays. They’ll be ready to plant in the field in 4 weeks, and will show up on your dinner plate mid-summer!

Potting up Onions

Other jobs are keeping us busy. Farmer Tom tinkers with the new (old) Farmall Cub, with tractor mounted seeders.

New Toy for Farmer Tom!

Farmer Chris puts the finishing touches on a bee hive he built. The bees will be taking up residence this weekend.

Bee Hive Construction

Meanwhile, we all think of Spring and salivate at the thought of fresh produce!

Can you taste the pesto?

As author Leo Tolstoy once said of the season, “spring is the time of plans and projects.”  It seems this last week we have been riding the line between the seasons–winter and spring–and are now comfortably able to put many of the winter plans for the farm into fruition with the arrival of longer, sunny days. We are thrilled to have completed some maintenance projects such as digging out and re-graveling the “pack-out” where we wash the veggies, improving walkways and entrances, and doing alot of cleanup around the defrosting farm grounds.

Farmers Chris and Brian digging out a new path for pick-ups!

But we weren’t the only ones who took notice of the season transition! Dandelions are popping up, the garlic is emerging from its winter bed, and the killdeer are at their old antics again.

Mama killdeer and first hatching



The greenhouse is also looking quite spring-like with the rows of fledgling plant life in all shades of green, pink and purple.


Local bird expert and conservationist, Augus Mirabella, came out to the farm to put down woodchips to ready the bird box for a special type of regional bird–the American Kestrel. American Kestrels do not build nests, they lay in open cavities, hence why we have a kestrel box to encourage them. Their numbers have declined over the years in this area, possibly due to conventional farming practices whose chemicals have found their way thru the food chain to these birds of prey. (Another reason never to use rat poisoning) Here’s hoping BGF can be a sanctuary for them!

Well, that is all for now. We wish you all a wonderful day on this Vernal Spring Equinox! I’ll leave you with another quote about the season from Tolstoy, which was found in a lovely letter he wrote to his grandmother….

“Babushka! It’s spring! It is so good to be alive on this earth, for all good people and even for such as I. Nature, the air, everything is drenched in hope, future, a wonderful future. … When I think about it more soberly, I know perfectly well I am nothing but an old frozen potato, rotten, cooked and served up with a tasteless sauce full of lumps, but the springtime has such a powerful effect on me that I sometimes catch myself imagining I am a plant that has just opened and spread its leaves among all the other plants and is going to grow up simply, peacefully and joyfully on the good earth. … Make way for this wonderful plant that is filling out its buds and growing in the spring.”


Outstanding in the Field is coming to our farm on their 2011 tour! AND YOU CAN COME TOO!


What exactly is Outstanding in the Field? A gaggle of chefs and organizers with a roaming restaurant on wheels who are passionate and very literal about “farm to fork”. The ingredients from the meal are almost all local and often sourced from the host farm (in this case, it will be our delicious Blooming Glen Farm veggies) within inches from your seat and prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. Diners will take a tour of the site and then settle in at the long table with local farmers, producers, and culinary artisans.

Join us in the field on Saturday September 24th at 3pm! The guest chef for this amazing five course meal will be Mitch Prensky from Supper, in Philadelphia. Ingredients for the family style menu will be sourced from our farm, as well as from other local producers and food artisans.

Event details are posted on the Outstanding In The Field website on Friday, March 11.
Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 20, the first day of Spring!

You might want to sign up on their mailing list so you get a reminder about the schedule release. With national name recognition and a mailing list in the thousands, these events typically sell out very quickly.

Be sure to peruse their website- you’ll quickly see why we are so excited to be hosting this event! We hope you’ll join us at the table!

We are so excited to announce that Therapeutic Herbalist,  Susan Hess, will be packing up her informative herbal foundation course normally held at her beautiful farm — Farm at Coventry — and bringing it to Blooming Glen Farm this spring! In a first- time, condensed ‘unplugged’ six month version of Susan’s popular nine month course, we will explore basic herb knowledge suitable for a broad range of culinary, craft and health uses utilizing wild and cultivated plants!

This is a special and rare opportunity to participate in Susan’s popular herbalism program close to home, so don’t miss out!

Class in session at Farm at Coventry

Topics will include: Practical planting, harvesting and drying methods, basics of making simple home remedies and identifying useful and edible wild weeds.  Simple overviews of herbs for digestive system, nervous system and immune system health with a fall focus on cold and flu season remedies will be covered. Basic natural first aid will also be discussed as well as any specific student suggestions.

A large three ring binder will be provided the first day of class and abundant informative handouts, recipes and specific herb profiles will be handed out monthly.

Join us one Sunday per month for six months April – September

Dates: April 3~May 1~June 5~July10~August 7~September 11

10:00 -3:00 PM,  one hour lunch break

Please bring bagged lunch ~ Herbal beverages and snacks will be provided

Dress appropriately for weather! We will be outside and in the garden shed!


Paid in full before April 3rd -$500

Payment plan: $150 deposit before April 3rd ~ followed by 3 payments of $150 Note: Minimal supplies fees may be added on take-home project days

Space is limited so sign up now!

To register mail payment to Susan:

Make checks payable to ‘Farm at Coventry’ 1333 Ridge Road Pottstown, PA 19465

For more information about Susan, the ‘Farm at Coventry’ herbal product line, ‘Homestead Herbalism’ first and second year courses on the farm and 2011 Herbal Hands workshops please visit

Questions? Please call Susan at 610-469-9591 or email

The past few weeks have been busy for the early crew at Blooming Glen! Between the rounds of seeding in the greenhouse and trying to take advantage of sunny days to do some construction projects, we are all getting a chance to warm up our winter bones with some farm work.

To think ALL those tomatoes come from these little guys…

Flats and flats of seeded onions

The crew getting busy on repairing a greenhouse

“Organic Pest Control”

Kale is coming up! So exciting!

Spring is coming, folks! To catch a glimpse of our own version of “March Madness”, stay tuned! New interns are on their way, plants are germinating left and right, and those days are gettin’ longer!

This year we are excited to have launched a new blog for Blooming Glen Farm titled “The Blooming Glen Beet” (in lieu of the Newsletter with the same title).  In addition to the website, please look to the blog for farm updates, event announcements, and weekly recipes.

We hope to keep you engaged with what’s going on here at the farm in these weekly posts, so please check in often!