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!
Friday morning was awesome at the garden. Thank you Vick, Ian, Kenny, Jonah and Brian for all your help! Saturday was a lovely day for planting and we had a productive day! Thank you John and Angel for the use of the super tiller, Chris you are great with a mower and Collin does a heck of a job with a weed wacker. Sharon and Angel are carrot planting queens! I appreciate all of you for your hard work!
It is getting very exciting to have families planting their crops in the family plot section. What a great idea to have that kind of space--Jean is a genius for suggesting that one! Fred McBride and The Family Greenery have donated some beautiful tomato, cucumber, squash, pepper and broccoli plants. I am a little wary of planting them just yet, but I hope the weather continues to cooperate so starts can be planted by the end of the month.
I am hoping to have irrigation started this week to the field. Warm days make me happy but also a little panicky to get the pipes all laid out. I am sure I am the only person that is happy to see rain--free and easy irrigation!
See you at the garden!
The weather has been cooperating and so there has been some activity at the garden in the past two weeks.
We have planted potatoes and begun planting peas and carrots. Nyssa Cox and her mom Dianne spent 10 hours planting as Nyssa was working to complete the required community service hours for National Junior Society. Good job Nyssa and thank you!
Thanks too to several students from A New Journey Middle School. Four rows of carrots and radishes were planted today thanks to them.
This Saturday is the big Community Planting Day at the garden. Invite all your family and neighbors to come help plant lots of seeds that were donated by Second Harvest, Tri Community Grange, and Safeway. We will start at 9am and will go til noon. Come for the full three hours or just what you have time for; we would love to see you!
See you soon!
What a productive evening at the Farm! Yes I said farm. With four acres out there, we really aren't gardening; we are farming!
Tonight the youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came out and measured, pounded and staked out almost the whole field. We ran out of string when we were marking the family plots in the field so tomorrow I will finish that. For those of you who signed up for family plots, there is a stake with your last name right in the middle of your plot. I also noticed that the numbers that we marked on the raised beds have faded already and so I'll get that done too. By Saturday you will all be able to go and work your space!
There is a small pile of manure in the Northwest corner of the field that you are all welcome to haul into your beds. The beds were tilled about two weeks ago and the manure showed up a week later. Sorry; I could have put it in your beds if I'd had is sooner. Sometimes you just can't schedule the wonderful generosity of our volunteers!
Be careful when planning your planting. Remember the frost that came in and killed everything last year? That frost came in mid May.
Next to the family plots in the field is the corn patch. The stakes all say "Comm Corn" on them. That is where you are all welcome to plant. Just be sure to bring a sharpie so that you can put your name on your stake. The rows are a bit shorter than last year; about 55 feet instead of 60 feet. All community planting needs to be done in your family plot or in the community corn area or in the raised beds.
If you have any questions, just give me a call.
The big pile of manure sitting at the farm was provided by Carole Bear and her cows; thanks Carole! Brian Lauer of Lauer Excavating hauled it for us and Gary Rippee loaded it into Brian's dump truck. What a great community we have!
The manure will be spread this week, weather permitting. Other plans this week: a group of Young Men from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is coming to till all the beds on Wednesday evening. If you don't want your bed tilled, let me know ASAP! Kids from A New Journey Middle School are coming on Thursday to replace the seals in our new irrigation pipe and a group from Medical Lake is coming to have a look at our operation and discuss starting their own Farm to School Program. Plans are being made with Eldon, Dan and a farmer from Rockford for our Wheat project this year. It is going to be much bigger and will be incorporated into lots of areas of our schools. Now if it would just quit snowing, we might be able to get the ground to warm up so we can plant!
Enjoy the article. It is a great one (link is above)!
See you at the garden!
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