Monday, January 21, 2013

Free Farm Forest

I missed the workday on Saturday because I attended the yearly Scion Wood Exchange held by our local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers. I enjoy going every year just to meet old and new fruit growing friends and to pick up some scion wood to graft and root to make new trees. I also brought a fig from our tree to get help identifying it and I learned that it is Black Jack like I thought.

Planting trees is one of the best things we can do for our planet right now. A great way to feel hope for the future is by planting a tree. This coming Saturday we will be joining hearts and hands with Congregation Emanu-El and Friends of the Urban Forest and we will plant about 8 fruit trees at the farm. The workday begins the same time as usual 10am-2pm, but the tree planting and the  Tu B'shvat (New Year for the Trees)  celebration officially begins at 1pm. This Saturday it would help if you are coming for our vegan volunteer lunch at noon to let us know if possible before hand. Also, we just got more free strawberry plants and we are going to be reworking our strawberry beds starting this week. Plus I hope to get some grafting in and will show anyone that is around how I do it.

We had a lot of produce at the Sunday Free Farm Stand, mostly greens that looked delicious and peppers from the hot house.

these are kale seedlings we grew at the Fee Farm and we gave them away at the Sunday Free Farm Stand

One last bit of news, apparently the future developers of our Free Farm land have signed documents proving they have the funds to complete the project, so the next step is for an environmental impact report. The guess when we might have to leave is 1 1/2-2 years. We need an angel.  

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