A mystery plant has been growing in the Local Food Project hoophouse. When it first sprouted in early June, we thought it was a cucumber. When its leaves grew huge and broad and it put out little green fruits, we decided it must be an Eight Ball summer squash. But when they kept growing and got as big as basketballs, we had to take another guess. Then, in the past month, the squashes began to brighten from deep green to rich orange—mystery solved! How that pumpkin seed took root in the hoophouse we’ll never know, but we love the three beautiful pumpkins it produced—just in time for fall!
What's it like to learn about farming and food at the Local Food Project at Airlie? On Sixteen Foot Ladder, summer interns at LFP share their experiences with growing vegetables and providing fresh produce to Airlie Center. They invite you to follow along on their journey as they explore new practices and fresh ideas related to local food.