I Drove Back for the Cabbage!

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JANUARY 10, 2017 CYO/CH –Did I tell you what I saw this summer on my way to the office from Camp Howard?  The area has some very impressive “truck farms” which means they raise vegetables for local stores and sales.

The daily summer trips to and from camp from the office or from the convent or from the bus pick up and drop off, affords the opportunity to watch the entire process from planting to harvest of the cabbages and it is beautiful.

I am driving one day and I notice halfway down the field that they are planting the field with the cabbages.  I drive a little ways and I think to myself, “I haven’t seen the planting process in all of my twenty years of trips to the camp!  It will take an extra half hour of time but do it!”

I drove back and patiently waited for the men to get all the way to the end of the field then come back to the end I was at.  It was worth the wait and I would like to share my photos with you of what I saw.  Would you go back for the cabbage?

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Planting a field of cabbage four rows at a time.

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Above: Making the turn at the end of the row.

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Above: refilling the containers with cabbage plants.  You can see the black circles with small plant holders in which each individual plant is placed.  With the help of some sort of mechanical mechanism, the plant drops and is guided by the two silver levers and the plant is planted!  The large orange wheels create a “seed bed” for the plants.

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Above: four individuals take a seat on the chairs provided and keep the circular mechanisms filled with plants as two individuals follow for quality control.

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Above: All seven of the workers were thrilled to be photographed.  Their work provided a lot of enjoyment for me through out the summer!

6 Comments on “I Drove Back for the Cabbage!

  1. Wow….this was certainly worth the extra few minutes to see the process! So glad you took the photos….and shared them with everyone!!

  2. Sister Krista,
    Thank you for sharing! These photos brought back memories of my planting strawberries after school with my sister for the people we worked for each summer. We sat on very low chairs and put plants in the ground as the family member drove the tractor. One field that was very special to me in the harvesting was a 12 acre field that yielded great big berries to fill the boxes in the crates.
    Sister Ruth

  3. A very well spent half hour! Thanks for sharing! Stay warm…

    Gay Sent from my iPad

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