welcome, tim mahoney!
… to the farm crew
Pulling gear and stacking equipment
Joe & Nick, pulling the empty grows* from the Back River Nursery, with Tim standing by to receive them.
Grows are large floating trays that contain six large black mesh bags (see the photo above of bags about to be power-washed) of thousands of baby oysters per tray, safely growing in this excellent tidal zone Spring through mid-Fall. When they baby oysters are big enough, they’re planted in the Bay to become Island Creek, Row 34, or Aunt Dotty oysters.
Nick & Tim, racking and stacking the grows on ICO’s Washington Street property.
ICO’S HUNTS LEASE: night farming
Me, Cory, Emily, Ursula, Tim, Hannah (behind the camera), Skip (behind Hannah, farming!). Absent from the photo are Shawna, Cat, and Nick, who’s silhouettes are somewhere in the lower-left picture below. #hannahpearson15
Ursula showed us the way of oystering under a canopy of stars and constellations on a rare & beautiful moonless night, followed by a spectacular dark/clear morning. Temps were in the upper teens on the Hunts lease, and I wasn’t 100% dressed for it!
the Orion constellation
Mid to late November
ICO’s Saquish Lease
Joe, considering the options on a particularly stormy day.
After a week of high winds out of the east, Nick and I were tasked with returning hundreds of Back River oyster bags into the bay. It was heavy work. Nick grumbled to me: “to bad we don’t have a dolly”. Low and behold, my brother-in-law David has a dolly for his dingy at the family cottage right next door. I pulled the dolly from the garage and gathered some old boards lying around ICO’s wood shop. Nick then lashed them on the dolly to transport the bags.
Shawna, Hannah, Cat, Emily, Matt, and Tim off-loading oyster trays that they had stacked on ICO’s barge to transport from the Hunts lease to the dock.
the crummy weather is winding down
november 30: cold, calm, and perfect
the suminoe oyster
Joy’s and my friends and neighbors, the Scanlons, live right across the street from us. Megan travels a lot for work, and earlier this month she was in Xiaman, China. At the same time I had been reading “The Geography Of Oysters” and had just finished a paragraph on the Chinese oyster Suminoe (Sumo for short, as in those huge wrestlers). Meg’s Instagram message below is what caught my attention:
I did a little research and learned that Xiamen is a highly industrialized bay, so I gotta wonder about the size of these oysters. Are they mutants ;-/ …?