This has been a great couple of weeks at the farm. As of today, we have very little space left and that space has been allocated for specific crops. So we are out of space! No worries, I can create rows in the fallow area to the west if need be.
The Botany classes were very busy earlier this spring and brought the fruit of their labors out to the garden today! They were able to fill 28 rows or 1,680 linear feet of rows with seeds and their starts from their greenhouse! I am amazed at how much that small greenhouse holds! Thanks to Drew Vanderpool and Debra McMichael and their students for supporting hungry families and our district's nutritional needs. Their produce will be appreciated by many!
Our alternative middle school, A New Journey, has continued providing wonderful, hardworking students to help plant seeds. It is great to have such willing kids that are fun to work with. Our farm has also benefitted from a tremendous community member named Vick. She has spent the last three Fridays with us at the farm and is such a pleasure!
The family plots are looking great! There are still a few that need to be tended. If you have not planted your plots; feel free. We should be safe from frost now.
On June 11th, we will be privileged to have Airmen from Fairchild's Leadership School coming to work at the farm. We were pleased to have them come out last year and are thrilled that they are back! Thanks to Bill Close, our high school shop teacher, and his students, the shed will be assembled on the 11th. This shed will house the supplies and equipment that have been donated to the district and purchased over the last year and a half. I am happy to have a place to keep everything.
The irrigation is laid out and as I write this update I am making plans with my husband to make connecting it and get it running our date for tonight. He's a keeper! Thanks to Dickerson Pump for their continued support. New valves were ordered and will be in on Monday. Once they are installed irrigation will be ready for business. Again I am sure I am the only one thankful for the rain in the meantime.
There is more good news on the horizon, but the plans are in the process of being finalized so I don't want to jinx the deals by spilling the beans too soon. We have a generous community and I am so grateful to be the recipient of their generosity.
I have got to talk to Neale at the District Office about putting pictures on this sight. I'm sure it is easy, but I have to learn how. Until then check out our pics on Facebook-East Valley Farm to School Program!
See you at the farm!
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