Companion planting is a management strategy of planting crops together. The idea is that each of the crops will benefit one another. Perhaps one repeals insects that attack another. Maybe one of the companions provides nutrients that the other plant can use. One plant could keep sun from the soil and impart weed management.

At this time of the season, you are probably getting close to harvesting members of the squash family. The cucurbits/squash family includes butternut, acorn, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins/gourds. Last week, we had the last Late Summer Field Day for the year at Freeport High School in Freeport. At the farm, their cantaloupe, spaghetti squash, watermelon, and winter squash were all coming in and there were lots of questions about when to harvest them.

In the last couple of months, we have been ramping up work on the planned commercial kitchen in Freeport. You can read about some of our activities here in the Journal Standard. Two public meetings were held in Freeport in January. We also visited the FEED Kitchens in Madison. Now known as Pretzel City Kitchens, this is an opportunity that allows for a wide range of collaboration with community partners.

Last summer, I focused on profiling tomato blights which you can still find here. As we've dealt with a rainy, colder June and now July so far, it may be that we start to see mildews