Friday, July 31, 2009

Filled with glee!

I've taken a blog break this summer, but something happened on Wednesday that I feel compelled to share!  As I was planting cauliflower I looked over to the row next to me where broccoli had been planted the previous week.  Did I think, "Oh, how nice, broccoli"? No.  Instead I thought, "Who the heck planted these seedlings, because they did it all wrong!  Look at the exposed stems!  These need to be redug and replanted!"  So what could possibly make me gleeful about this?  Well, if you refer back to my first or second blog posting you'll see a reference to Steve voicing that very critique to our class and my cringing at the thought, "Was it me?"  HAH! Now I'm the criticizer, not the criticizee! So if you're listening Steve, or reading that is, your students have indeed learned a thing or two.  Watch out- we may be checking up on your work soon:)

PS No offense to the broccoli planters, teenagers from the Regen project. They're incredible kids with just a thing or two still to learn from their elders...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 15,2009

Work commenced at 9:30 am members arriving staggered throughout the morning and working also into the later afternoon hours

Elizabeth Baker, Creta Pullen, Veronica Valero, Barbara Leufien, Luanna Navarro, Victoria Stavig, Henry Wallace, Wendy Johnson

Wendy will be hosting a program for “Grown in Marin” at the Farm on Saturday-- Food and Farming on the Urban Edge:Growing Food in Your Own Backyard Any and all are welcome to come—and especially to help in the field. A perfect opportunity to show off our bounty (and sell it!!)
We had a willing Volunteer named Shannon come to help us on the farm today—able, willing, and very skilled. The Regen. Students were also in attendance on the field.

It’s time to get down to the Process of actually formalizing the club. I met this morning with the asst. of Nanda Schorske (Laurie Loeffler)because the Kentfield campus where I needed to drop off the paperwork was closed due to a power outage, so this has given us a wee bit more time to solidify our Mission Statement. Since we are having a Saturday work meeting this weekend, perhaps we can while we work, whistle the tunes of our mission. I hope to see a few more faces to help us accomplish this. If you haven’t been to the farm in awhile, you will be VERY surprised at the bounty we have been harvesting every week. People are making it a ritual now to stop by and ask (and to buy)what’s just been picked.

As treasurer, too, I would like to request a bit more professional housekeeping with the money end of the club. We’ve been a bit loosey-goosey as far as record keeping. I need to receive reports on all monies brought in from our harvesting and I need to have receipts for all the expenditures. The farm is getting a new Farm Manager next week. She will be handling all the monies from now on, so let’s give her all the help she needs to keep it on target (whatever that is).

Prepared beds for and planted-
Eggplant (All Star Organics)
Sweet and Hot Peppers (All Star Organics)
Broccoli (Green Gulch farm & Harmony Farm Supply)
Lettuces (Green Gulch Farm)
Onions (Green Gulch Farm & Harmony Farm Supply)
Lettuces (Green Gulch Farm)
Beans and Buckwheat
Cleared for Harvest-
Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Turnips, Zuccini, Beans, Flowers

Friday, July 10, 2009

Must read...

Check out this article from Sunday's NY Times magazine: Street Farmer. Think big!!

July 8-2009

We hosted another Project Regeneration class through the Conservation Corps. This class was very enthusiastic about working and extremely helpful in all they accomplished. Mention was made concerning a Saturday work day. Neither Steve nor Wendy has time to oversee this, but Steve said a self directed work day on Saturday is an EXCELLENT idea for any and all who wish to put in some time on the field. You can also sell produce during the time you are there and we can figure out a spot for you to leave the $$$ collected for me to pick up on Wednesdays. Let me know who is interested in this situation. I do know that Dione and Paige expressed interest—and anyone else is certainly welcome. I can come at least one Saturday and show you how to set up the buckets for selling.
Speaking of selling—we have collected by any and all means—approx. $200 to date.(you can ask me personally what “by any and all means” is) There have been some expenditures leaving us with cash in hand of $140. We can really use plastic sacks for giving out to customers who show up w/o something. (And, they are many). If you save plastic bags, please recycle them in our direction. We can also use more buckets (large tubs are good) for holding water to support the produce—if you have any or would like to donate them.
For anyone wishing to pass on information that Henry should know, you can contact him via cell phone at 612-327-4167 or via email at

Steve discovered the giant Turnip that nearly ate Dharma Farm!!

We harvested our First ripe tomato from what looks to be a bumper crop. And, we discovered 3 baby watermelons.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Harvesting and sales were the order of the day on July 1. I arrived early to find people already clamoring at the gate salivating for fresh picked. I couldn’t harvest fast enough!!! Thank you Henry for preparing the tubs for produce early!! AND, thank you Liza for the WONDERFUL gazebo!! It certainly is a Blessing to stand under and a respite from the Sun. We harvested lettuces, chard, kale, zucchini and Flowers for bouquets. The word must be out, because people were coming in DROVES, (actually, they were the morning hikers) and they’re all telling their friends and are looking forward to every Wednesday, now.
We planted pole beans, artichokes, and cucumbers. And, we also harvested the arugula for seed. Steve will be giving a demonstration in our next class on seed saving.
We also had someone stop by to see if one of the class members might be interested in a gardening job. The mention was made of making a posting board for people to leave us messages, and for us to leave announcements. What do you think of that idea?
Steve discovered a gopher invasion in the melon patch and secured two cinch traps. Hopefully, we can nip their intrusion before they do too much damage.
Anyone wishing for a Saturday workday, please contact either Hillary or myself—if there’s enough interest, we’ll try to set one up. I know those of you who can’t make it on Wednesdays are really missing the bounty and the fun of interacting with all the interested people wanting to purchase our produce.
Growing up in Iowa, the corn state, we had a saying: “The corn should be knee high by the 4th of July.” Well, our corn certainly is!!! It looks great, and we found 5 melons on one vine that are of a remarkable size already!! YEAH US!!!