Photos: The Good Earth

The Enterprise –– Michael Koff

Prepping the beds: NanoCollege faculty, staff, and students — no doubt used to cutting-edge technology — engaged in traditions as old as agriculture on Earth Day Tuesday as they readied the Patroon Land Farm in Knox for planting. Here, green stalks of garlic poke from beneath straw being fluffed by the volunteers. The self-sustaining educational farm — on land donated by Pauline Williman — grows more than 10,000 pounds of vegetables annually to supply the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York n its efforts to feed the hungry.

The Enterprise –– Michael Koff

Daunting task: On Earth Day, rocks as big as a fist are plucked from farmland on Ketcham Road in Knox, part of 14 acres to be planted this spring to feed the hungry. The Patroon Land Foundation welcomes Community Supported Agriculture partners. CSA members help grow food to feed the hungry while also getting their own share of the farm’s bounty. Full shares cost $420 and half shares cost $260; members are encouraged to visit and volunteer at the farm.