Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Free Farm Digs On

I must say the Free Farm is pretty exciting for me and every week we make great leaps more at

Yesterday was a pretty fantastic gardening day. It started early in the morning when my friend Brother Max (who is currently visiting from New York where he lives in a Episcopalian Franciscan monastery) came by to help me load the van with large and heavy tree rounds and bags of soil. Megan showed up too and we got the truck loaded in no time. We headed to the Free Farm  and Case was there setting up the volunteer table. From then on it was non-stop activity. As a result of the publicity two friends showed up to check out the scene. One friend named Lotta I hadn't seen in a long while and she is a long time gardener in the Dearborn Garden in the Mission. I think she wants to come and help out! Page arrrived with a truck load of compost nd I whipped out my newly typed up to do list. We were expecting 13 Dartmouth students who were doing an Alternative Spring Break...taking a trip to San Francisco to do volunteer service work. Check out their blog

Other volunteers showed up including a lot of our core group of helpers. With such a great crew a lot was accomplished. The trellis got finished and planted with 8 kinds of runner beans from Great Britain, the two large perennial beds were sheet mulched with manure, cardboard and wood chips,  some donated starts from People's Grocery in West Oakland were potted up (and some planted including the squash and tomatoes), the storage area was neatened up, a new compost pile made, a new bed double dug, the labyrinth worked on more including planting some different mints, and some wheelbarrow tires repaired. I may have left something out.  Also, a neighbor who stopped by last week brought by a huge pickup truck loaded with mostly ornamental plants.

We also had a great lunch and blessing circle before hand which gave us a chance to meet each other and talk a little more.

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