Year: 2020

Praying Mantis

It’s time for some fun! Look what we found recently — a beautiful praying mantis! We believe it’s a native Carolina mantis. Here are some #funfacts about mantises. They: * have two eyes and great vision. * are carnivores and eat other insects live. * can turn their heads side to side and a full Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Jackie!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Jackie, Red Wiggler Community Farm’s Seasonal Crew Leader! Jackie works with teams of Growers, interns, and others on tasks throughout the farm such as harvesting, transplanting, and post-harvest sorting and packing. Prior to coming to Red Wiggler, Jackie worked at an urban farm in Baltimore as a Farm Educator, as well as at educational Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Hot Peppers

It’s #VeggieWednesday – and today, it’s all about hot peppers! Red Wiggler grows many peppers, from mild sweet to hot. Hot peppers (or chiles/chilis) are nutritious and rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Benefits include promoting weight loss, reducing cancer risk, promoting a healthy heart, reducing migraines, clearing one’s sinuses, suppressing psoriasis, and fighting the Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Sam!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Sam! Sam was hired as a Grower in 2007. Since then, Sam has taken on tremendous leadership, helping new staff learn the farm and assumed additional responsibilities to keep things running. Sam has good knowledge of farm practices and the hows and whys of what we do, for example, irrigation, cover Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Eggplant

It’s #VeggieWednesday – and today, it’s all about eggplants! Eggplants (or aubergines), known for their deep rich purple color and spongy texture, are really berries and not veggies. Eggplants are in the nightshade family, just like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and tobacco. A new variety of eggplant we are growing this year is the Annina F1. The Annina Read More …

Recycled Irrigation Bags

Red Wiggler uses drip tape for irrigation out in the fields. As animals will eat holes into drip tape, drip tape typically only lasts 1 to 2 seasons. Each fall, we assess whether we can reuse drip tape or not. Last winter, instead of throwing out old unusable drip tape, we decided to make recycled Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday — Meet Melissa!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Melissa! Melissa started working at Red Wiggler Community Farm in spring 2015 as Facilities Manager and was promoted to Farm Manager in winter 2017. As Farm Manager, Melissa wears many hats. She coordinates the work of the farm with our programs, fitting the tasks of vegetable production in with our overall mission. For the past Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday — Meet Steve!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Steve! Steve was hired as a Grower in 2009. He excels at a wide variety of tasks on the farm, such as seeding, weeding, thinning, planting transplants and seeds, harvesting many veggies, sorting veggies, weighing and bagging produce, and mulching. Steve is adept with many tools, such as a rake, lopper, spading fork, Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Okra

It’s #VeggieWednesday! How well do you know okra? Two new heirloom varieties of okra we are growing this year are a red okra called Bowling Red and a dwarf green okra called Cajun Jewel. The last couple of weeks, we have been able to distribute an early harvest of okra to our CSA customers and Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

It’s #VeggieWednesday! A favorite of many during the summer is tomatoes, and we grow many types of tomatoes, including large, small, heirloom, and cherry tomatoes. Because of the late frost earlier this year and the hail storm recently, our tomato harvests have been smaller than normal, but our tomatoes are recovering and coming in beautifully. Read More …