Coming together

Our first community work day was a whole lot of this:

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This guy.

I had fun. I think these folks did too. The field is still, well, brown, but it is mostly covered in leaves thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who spent their Friday morning hanging out with me.

Things are progressing nicely. Our greenhouse heater finally came in and so I’ve moved all of our spoiled seedlings out to experience the February chill. IMG_8413

I felt like they perked up just minutes after taking them outside, they look good out there gazing at the sun, and I’m relieved my guest bedroom can dry out a little.

In a few short weeks we’ll be tilling again and direct seeding our other spring crops. I’m excited to really start cleaning up the lot, moving the leaf piles to one place, tearing down dead vines and underbrush growing up in the walls, moving huge piles of brush and bricks. These are the things you don’t learn when you work on an already farm, a farm you didn’t help to start. Who can I call to come get this? Should it really cost that much? How do I make this crumbling wall look…pretty? The growing and the crop plans, the field management, you can learn all of that being an intern or hired hand. But this stuff, designing and cleaning, really making a place come from brown to beautiful, has been a delightful and slightly intimidating challenge. But we’ll add a little green sooner than later and I think that will do wonders to warm up this long winter.

It’s been a fun last few weeks, a big shout out to the Knox Composts guys as we’ll be sharing our railroad wall with their wonderful composting business. You’ve probably seen their buckets popping  up in random places, like in the food truck lot on Jackson or maybe in your friends kitchen. Check out what they’re doing and suscribe: http://knoxcomposts.com/

We still have some shares available (except for work shares). Payment plans are available (like really, really good payment plans) with deposits being due the first of March. A lot of folks have been asking what exactly you get in a half or full share. It’s hard to give a specific number as spring greens are going to far under weigh the fruit crops of summer, but to estimate, a half share is going to be anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds of produce a week and a full share will be something like 10 to 15. Hopefully that’s helpful, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Also, thanks to all who came out to Pecha Kucha, it was a good night with good friends and interesting topics. Response for the farm was very positive (of course proposing the idea of a garden in a blighted property is not a real hard sell) and I was very  encouraged by the interest.

Hope you all are well,
B

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Just another angle, because this was one of my favorite parts:)

 

 

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