— Marc Girolimetti (@MSGiro) March 14, 2020
Cedar Rock Gardens
2020 Hours of Operation
Monday 8 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 8 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Friday 8 am – 4pm
Saturday 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday 9 am – 3 pm
Tomatoes and other hot weather seedlings will be out May 20th, 2020!
We are very excited to open for the season on April 15th this year. We have been busy busy seeding and transplanting in the greenhouses to get all the little plants ready to go into your gardens, pots, window boxes and planters! We were so excited the other night to hear the sweet sounds of the spring peepers coming from the pond.
The buds on the honey suckle are blooming, the garlic is pushing through the mulch, the green grass is starting to push for the sun, and the tulips are spreading their leaves. This is the time of year to remember though we still live in New England and we have another three weeks before we “should” start planting outdoors. That being said we are busy planting and seedling many beautiful plants for your gardens in the greenhouse.
We realize that many of you are going to be spending some extra time at home over the next couple of weeks. With such lovely weather, it is a great time to start planning. On this topic, we are planning to open April 15th this year – if there are any changes to that date due to the current events you will be the first to know. We hope you are all staying healthy and keeping calm. We are happy to help in any way we can – please feel free to reach out at any time.
This year we have loaded up the greenhouses with cold tolerant greens and other crops as well as seedlings so when we open in mid April we will have fresh produce for sale at our farm stand along with the cold weather seedlings.
We will be updating our website with a list of plants growing here at Cedar Rock this season – we started early this year so we could offer a good variety of perennials and included in that will be lots of native and pollinator attracting flowers. As always we grow everything here at Cedar Rock using practices that meet or exceed organic standards although we are not certified at this time, you can expect happy and healthy plants and produce grown right here on Cape Ann!
The greenhouses are bursting right now with an assortment of great foliage colors – we do not have many blooms on flowers yet but the shapes, sizes and colors of all the leaves are mesmerizing. We are still using compost tea on all the seedlings and they love it! It helps the plants fight off any foliar diseases that might lurk in the warm and humid climate of a greenhouse . We also released a whole bunch of ladybugs and lacewings in the greenhouses to keep them clean of any bad bugs. Despite their cute little red body with the most symmetrical tiny black spots, ladybugs are ferocious when it comes to snacking on unwanted bugs. We take a lot of pride in the health of our seedlings and doing these preventative measures means no need for spraying harsh chemicals on the plants we grow and come to love over the weeks of tending to their needs. We have also started applying mycorrhizah to the seedlings before transplanting them to bigger containers. This application of endomycorrhizal fungi and ectomycorrhizal fungi form a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the seedling. The fungi bonds to the roots of the seedling and allows the plant to get more benefit from nutrients and water in the soil.
We will be sending out a seeding schedule in the next couple of weeks. As many of you know, we have a CSA here at the farm and are able to offer a diverse diet of produce and herbs every week. There is still room in our CSA if you have any interest in joining please visit our website for an enrollment form and more information. If you have a large garden at home though we would still like to help you be the most successful. The seed schedule can act as a base for your garden planning we will dd in seed dates if you want to start your own and also transplant dates so you know exactly when we plant all our seedlings in the ground. Look forward to that email in the next few weeks! We also will be hosting some education events here at the farm over the season and will be adding those to our website soon.
In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and take care of your neighbors!
All the best,
Elise and Tucker
We still have room in our 2019 CSA, email us for more information or to sign up!
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School is closed. What will you do with the kids next week? We’ve got you covered. Arts and crafts galore! Games, puzzles, books. Paints and canvases, alcohol inks…. we are here for you! Free same day delivery if you don’t want to leave the house.
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Well this is a crazy mess isn’t it? In light of our older, sorry, participants and in light of my immunosuppressed husband coming home tomorrow, I need to postpone classes at both MAC and MAGMA. But we need to dance and move so…
Luckily I am a techie so I’m working on a way to stream classes via ZOOM.
I’m awaiting a new mic from Amazon to arrive on Wednesday and I’m test driving the Zoom platform. My church just did a service on the same platform and it worked pretty well so we may be in luck.
I’m planning on streaming classes at the same days and times unless you want me to change that. Let me know.
If you want a reason to continue dancing, check out this site with an article entitled “COVID-19 may be causing fear worldwide, but people are lifting their spirits up through dance”
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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff
Comcast has announced that it will be offer its Internet Essentials program for free to new low-income customers for two months, amid the coronavirus outbreak. This offer is for low-income families who do not have internet service during this uncertain time and is intended to help them stay connected to families, school, workplaces, etc.
New customers will get complimentary internet essentials service for 60 days, which is normally available to qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month.
All new customers will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WiFi router. There is no term contract.
To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
If you need any assistance, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will connect you with our Information Technology Dept. I am hoping that students who do not have Internet access at home have mobile phones and can receive this message. But, if you know someone who could use this offer, please let them know it is available.
Richard Safier, Superintendent
Dear Parents/Guardians, and Staff,
This is the first of two notices coming your way this afternoon. This first notice provides more information about available groceries and meals.
If you recall, I sent out a notice yesterday indicating that beginning Monday, March 16, the Gloucester schools will provide lunch for ALL students who are in need of a meal (see a repeat of details below).
I want to also inform you that the Open Door is prepared to help as well. The Open Door is able to bridge the grocery gap for families through the food pantry located at 28 Emerson Avenue in Gloucester. Hours of operation are as follows:
- Monday: 10-7
- Tuesday: 10-5
- Wednesday: 10-7
- Thursday: 10-7
- Friday: 10-5
Takeout meals are available Mon-Thurs and Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. and on Sun from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in The Open Door dining room at 28 Emerson Avenue. Takeout meals are also offered at Trinity Congregational Church on Fri from 5 to 6 p.m. Thanks to Ms. Julie Fontaine and her tireless crew.
Repeat of Information Regarding Lunch for Students Provided by the Gloucester Public Schools
- Meals will be available between 11:00am and 12:00pm Monday through Friday
- Meals will be located at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School
- This will be a “grab and go” operation. In other words, bag lunches will be handed out with the expectation that lunch will be eaten at home or off site;
- Meals will be given out at the side door next to the cafeteria; look for the sign.
- Families can drive by and they will receive lunch, or individuals can walk up to the door and receive a meal
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com
Richard Safier, Superintendent
Starting on Monday, we’ve added Kids Eat Free from 4-6 PM Monday – Friday
We’ve taken extra steps to limit touchpoints and we follow a strict cleaning protocol in accordance with the CDC, WHO & ServSafe. Additionally, this time frame tends to be before many come in for dinner, which can be a concern for some.
We understand the next few weeks seem daunting, so if you need a break or want to relax, we’re here for you.