Every Other Week
‘Live in each season as it passes; breath the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.’
-Henry David Thoreau
By Griffin Cassara
The newest farm arrivals!
On a farm the size of Soil Born and with a staff as ambitious and energetic as ours, there are constantly things happening and moving all over the property. The to-do list for the farm team is often so long that we don’t have the time to venture over into the youth garden, the pastures or orchards or even over to our backyard, the American River. We stay focused on our tasks, head down diligently working day after day. But whether or not we are all looking, the property is moving and transitioning around us at all times. Sometimes it’s good to slow down and notice the seasonal changes of the things around you, acknowledge that each individual’s work is not isolated from the larger picture.
Here is a snippet of last week’s happenings from all over the farm, just a glimpse of a week at Soil Born:
A Plant’s Perspective
-Our melon plants are at their peak! Ariel and Elle harvested 1,300 pounds of melons on Monday. Those melon plants sure as asking for a lot of attention! Very worth it though!
-Speaking of melons, the results are in from last weekend’s farm stand melon taste test: Blacktail Mountain Watermelon (pink flesh) was the winner followed by our cantaloupe and Tendersweet Orange Flesh Watermelon.
-Believe it or not, we have already seeded our fall crops and are patiently waiting their germination in the greenhouse.
From the Eyes of the Animals
-The animals welcomed some new additions to the farm last week: Our beautiful Guinea Hog piglets were born July 10th! A couple of weeks old, the six piggies are already beginning to enjoy melons!
Happenings of the Farmers
-The farm team got to experience eating our produce at a restaurant this week-One Speed Pizza used our tomatoes and basil for their yummy pizzas. Sure was a proud moment!
Look! our tomatoes and basil!
-We have two Junior Apprentices joining the farm team for the next couple of months. Both apprentices are in high school and are taking a part of their summer to learn how to farm!
News of the Farm
-Summer camp is in swing at the Ranch for a couple more weeks. Its so nice to see excited campers making bouquets in the Youth Garden, cooking pizza with farm fresh veggies in the outdoor kitchen, and howling like coyotes! Sure looks fun!
-In the last few days the new internal fencing project has really taken shape and the vision is becoming clear. The walkways and paths are now clearly defined, making the trials more accessible and the passes for animals moves more efficient. Jared and Scott have done a great job with this huge project!
Happy last week of July!
Featured Veggie: Cherry Tomatoes
A perfectly ripening cherry toamato plant-sure makes harvesting easy!
While small in size, our cherry tomatoes pack a lot of flavor. The plants themselves can grow up to 10 ft tall! We have a few different varieties of cherry tomatoes growing this year, “cherry” not referring to the color or taste of the fruit but rather the general round shape and small size. The following are descriptions of each variety from the seed catalogue of Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
Do you agree with the description of each fruit? What might you add?
Black Cherry: “Sweet and Robust. Fruits are almost black in color. The flavor is dynamic-much like an heirloom”
Sun Peach: “Delicious, pink cherry tomato. Sun Peach, sister variety to sun gold, is not as tangy and acidic as its famous orange relative, but is very sweet with excellent flavor.”
Yellow Pear: “Petite, distinctive salad tomato. Yellow pear shaped fruits, mild flavor.”
Sun Gold: “Intense fruity flavor, exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine orange cherry tomatoes leave, customers begging for more.”
Store these tomatoes at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Use within 1 week after ripe.
Featured Recipe: Tomato, Cucumber & Avocado Salad
Dates and Notes
Permaculture Design Course
Oct. 24, 2015- March 20, 2015
9am-5pm. Registration & Details: www.soilborn.org
Early Bird Price: $995(Ends 9/27); Regular Price: $1,100 after 9/27.
This course is recommended for homeowners, farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, design professionals, community leaders and activists; in short, if you are looking for the tools and strategies to create a sustainable future, this course is for you. Instructors : Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Michael Becker, Pandora Thomas, Tom Ward, and other guest experts.
Fun on the Farm
Saturday, August 08, 2015, 09:00am - 11:00am
$15, $10 Co-op Owner
Meet the farm animals, dig in the garden soil, plant seedlings, make a snack, make something special to take home. Suggested ages 3-9
Location : American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Dr. in Rancho Cordova
Creating an Herbal Medicine Chest - Bring a Friend for Free
Wed. August 05, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Buy one entrance into this class and get another free!
This offer is only available by calling (916) 868-6399
This hands-on class will provide an introduction to making simple herbal remedies at home, including teas, tinctures, salves, poultices, and more. Participants will practice medicine-making techniques and have an opportunity to take home remedies of their own. Instructor: Daylin Wade, Soil Born Farms
$35, $30 Co-op owners, plus an additional $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor at the class.
Class will be held at 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova.
Join us at our Tomato & Melon Jubilee on August 8 from 8am-12pm during our Farm Stand in Rancho Cordova.