Progress, slow, muddy progress.

“It seems to me that the garden is the only practical way for urban societies to come in close contact with the basic realities of life, and if that contact is not close, it is not meaningful.”
-Fred Bahnson

We’ve got leaves!

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…and some tires.

I knew I would be excited about this (the leaves, not the tires), after all, leaves are magical, full of wonderful nutrients that lawns and crops crave. Since I’ve lived here, I’ve been a little puzzled on why we fight these wonderful little additives every fall, raking or blowing piles upon piles to our curbs, where the city politely picks them up and takes them to a place that then composts them to sell back to us…couldn’t we just skip a step?

This guy describes it well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9OhxKlrWwc

All that to say, keep those piles coming, because if you don’t want them we need them! Thanks to our friend Robert Hodge (look him up, he is doing some wonderful work) we are receiving loads from the city that we will in turn work into the soil as we begin the process of tilling. The woody vegetation is (somewhat) knocked down, enough for us to see the contours and slopes of the property, it looks even bigger now that it’s cleared. I’m anxious to get some little plants started, and into the ground as it always feels better to add than to take away.

The response has been wonderful so far in regards to this little neighborhood farm, all of our work shares have been spoken for but we still have full and half shares available. Payment plans are definitely available, contact me for more information on that. I do want to make clear that a share will cover ALL of your vegetable needs for the week, for 33 weeks. A full share each week will average around 10-20 pounds of vegetables, and the cost comes out to about 25 dollars per share. It is a commitment in that you will actually have to eat the vegetables, some of which you may not be familiar with (kohlrabi or rutabaga anyone?). This is the fun part, and where we all post wonderful recipes of what we’re doing with our shares each week.

Keep looking for us down there, next we’ll be working on moving rock and spreading leaves.

All the best,
Brenna

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