A Wealth of Health

Past Notes from The Currant Farm

Thanksgiving and Owls
Posted by: Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Notes from the Farm - Thanksgiving and Owls Like many, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. In my case, it probably has a lot to do with being so close to the land and having a holiday that coincides with the end of the growing season here on the farm. As I reflect on the season past, I always enjoy the inevitable celebration (good years and

Chopin and Currants
Posted by: Published: Monday, October 3, 2011

I've just returned from Poland where I'm securing new varieties of currants for the U.S. market. Poland is the largest grower of currants in the world.

There's a fungus among us!
Posted by: Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Northeast has been experiencing some of the rainiest weather in history. While we had an unusual amount of water in the basement of the farm, we fared better than many other folks in the area.

Greg Quinn
Tomatoes - 8/18/11
Posted by: Greg Quinn Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I think the bulk of the heat and humidity of July and August is pretty much behind us here on the Currant farm which means we're coming to the end of the Dog Days of summer or what the Romans called diēs caniculārēs.

Snapping Turtles 8/2/11
Posted by: Greg Quinn Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Well the harvest is in! It wasn't the best year and wasn't the worst either. It's always a reason to give thanks. We now harvest with a harvester specifically designed to pick currants off the bushes.

Monarchs & Milkweed
Posted by: Greg Quinn Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

From a farmer's perspective, this has been a pretty good year. We've had sufficient rain and sun in more or less satisfactory intervals. I've only turned on the irrigation soaker hoses on the currants once and the rest of the time Nature has done a lot of the work for me. That's not always the case.

Tree of Life
Posted by: Greg Quinn Published: Friday, June 17, 2011

After more than two decades teaching at The New York Botanical Garden, I get questions all the time about what plants to grow around these parts.  As in many parts of the country, a lot of these questions center around what deer won't eat.

Spring comes to an end at the Currant Farm
Posted by: Greg Quinn Published: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Well, we're wrapping up spring in good stead here on the farm. I captured and hived a swarm of honey bees last week and this hive will be the start of a new bee yard over by the currant fields.