December’s Notes

Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well!

Though the traditional growing season has ended, we’re still busy building, budding and buzzing. Here are some of the recent goings on:

We were awarded Urban Neighborhood Initiative‘s Vacant to Vibrant grant for our food-forest project. We have made much progress clearing, cleaning, amending, measuring  and planning the site over the past couple of months, and this grant will cover the cost of saplings and under story plants this spring when we plant them. This is the beginning of a multi-decade project, and we are thankful to be getting so much support early on.

Our hoop-house will allow us to continue growing through the coming months, and is currently flush with various microgreens, leafy greens, root veggies and wheatgrass.

Other than the hoop house, our apiary continues it’s activities through the winter. Since our hives are young we are feeding them regularly through the winter. Anyone interested is invited to come and learn about the process and say hello to our haplodiploid friends. Bee feeding will resume in January on Mondays at 1pm (weather permitting) As always, email [email protected] for more information

Ken descibes Mitzvah Garden’s high tech equipment: Solar cells, rain catchment system, and honey-badger gloves.
Founder Ken Sonnenschein showing us their four-in-one pear tree. (various species of pear and apple scions grafted onto a bradford’s trunk.)

We were generously invited to visit Mitzvah Garden KC, an urban farm in Overland Park, Kansas. They have a 7 acre space with communal growing areas, a well developed orchard, apiary, composting sites, solar power infrastructure and a rain catchment system feeding into drip irrigation lines. Needless to say we were thoroughly impressed by their operation, and by their generosity.

Gardener’s discuss projects over hot coco and homemade latke.
Ken, Taylor and Spencer plant ancient Levantine grains in eastern Kansas.

They exemplify many of our ambitions through their giving of produce to those in need, development of high yield sustainable practices, and community engagement through events. Thus we hope to continue collaborating and crosspollinating with these fine folks.

Otherwise, we still have piles and piles of work to be done (literally, piles) to prepare for the spring. The city has given us a bounty of resources, mulch, Zoo Poo, leaves, mashed barley and other organic ‘waste’. We are continuing to work these piles into the earth so they can become food for next seasons plants.

 

 

-Jacob

 

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