|April 10, 2012|
Featured Item: Lemon Balm
Recipe: Rosemary Roasted Beets
“Have no fear, Lady Spring is here.”
My second year at Soil Born Farms is unraveling and I am enjoying seeing things transform and take shape. As the Special Projects Coordinator, Id like to update you on some of the unseen projects that are happening on the farm.
One of the major changes has been our farmhouse kitchen. Our new kitchen coordinator Ali, has taken off full speed turning this space into a delightful place. With the help of the Green Corps, walls are getting painted, things are getting reorganized, and we are a step closer to becoming a certified teaching kitchen. This is a good reminder for me that big ideas cant be realized in a day, but certainly small steps in the right direction make a difference.
Another project underway is the flower and herb garden. This year we hope to jump start a flower bouquet business appropriately named Flower Power. We hope to generate income for the farm by selling bouquets at the farm stand and to a few restaurants. But more importantly the flower and herb garden will be a colorful place that will attract many beneficial insects as well as people who want to spend time in this space and maybe learn something form it as well.
Something else that I have been working on is hand routed wood signs to direct and mark certain areas of the farm. This is something I did not know how to do before this year and this is another example of how Soil Born truly is an educational farm. Although I am providing a service that is needed for the farm, ‘m also learning something at the same time.
On the topic of learning and teaching, another aspect of working on the farm this year has been the opportunity for me to take what I’ve learned last year as an apprentice apply it to help guide and teach the new apprentices. Simon and Sara call this tiered mentoring. It has been a real treat to be a part of the apprentice experience again, but this time form a different angle. Still, I continue to learn things and build my farming experience.
Finally the weather has become a little more predictable and workable. Things are getting in the ground, drip tape is out and ready, and we all hike up our pants and roll up our sleeves in anticipation for the bountiful harvests to come!!
Dates to Remember
Exhibits, plant sales, walks and talks
Day on the Farm: Sunday May 20th 10am-4pm
Workshops, farm tours, plant and produce sales, food, music, and fun!
Introduction to Beekeeping: Sat April 28th, 9am-5pm
Learn the basics of beekeeping with Brian Fishback of BD Ranch and Apiary. There will be in class learning and hands on learning in the field.
Pizza Secrets: Sat May 12, 3pm-5pm
Learn how to make hand made pizza in an earthen oven by chef and owner of Waterboy and Onespeed.