Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Summer Hours

The Free Farm just continues to grow, both in its vibrancy and its mission. On Saturday, we had our first sidewalk farmstand and forty pounds of lettuce and greens were given away to neighbors and volunteers. On Monday bees arrived to live in their new hive and they have been enjoying the sunflowers and poppies on the hillside. And today, a demonstration container garden was started to illustrate how folks with only a little bit of space can still grow food.

In case you haven't been able to stop by on Wednesdays because of your work schedule, we're keeping the farm open later during the summer. Starting in June, you can come by any time between 10am and 6:30pm to lend a hand. Whether you come to a workday on a Wednesday or a Saturday there are plenty of projects to get involved with. Come learn how to plant seeds, transplant starts, dig beds, thin seedlings, turn compost and harvest food. We would love to see you!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday May 8th workday

Despite the windy and blustery day, we had a wonderful workday at the farm.  The cool weather made for a good day for planting, which we took advantage of, and created lavender hill in the labyrinth.

Jonathan, from Feel the Earth, came by and checked on the trays of seeds he supplied and there are lots of babies.

Thanks to Jonathan we not only have plenty of seedlings (for the farm and the stand, as well as the various gardens Jonathan supplies seedlings to), we now have a strawberry bowl that is going to be awesome once it takes hold.  Speaking of strawberries, Strawberry Hill is coming along and producing lots of beautiful, and tasty, strawberries.

It was a bountiful day, as well, with 80 pounds of produce harvested (of course, Pancho had to munch a little as we worked). There were collard greens; Kohlrabi; lettuce, and 13 pounds of greens from our lettuce lawn!  The lettuce lawn is a new concept to me, and I will have to try it again.  In all, it was a lovely day, and once again, we gathered together and brought with us our love, and spirit of sharing, to produce beautiful, locally grown, organic produce. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Local Food Economies at CounterPulse

Come check out the local food economies talk at CounterPulse tonight at 7:30pm. We'll be there representing the Free Farm! See you tonight!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Big Harvest!

On my latest blog post over at I talk about the record amount of produce we harvested last week from different gardens in the city, including the Free Farm. ...57lbs of greens, lettuce, and kohlrabi from the Free Farm. This garden is rocking but as the weather warms up we need more hands to water (we do have some things on drip). I just got a lot of hose and sprayers.
 There is also plenty of work to do for aspiring urban farmers who want to help feed those in need.