Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Day for 7th Grade

A photographic essay of the first day of gardening for 7th grade.  Thank you, Winter, for your excellent photography!

Welcome Gnome

The mysterious Shovel Man is ready to get to work.

Um.. Guys... The bed goes inside the garden, not out here!

Tools of the trade.

Pulling the last of the weeds in our root bed.

Beautiful earth.

Taking a break while we find out what's next.

Getting out the compost sifter.

Shoveling compost into the sifter.

A batch of compost just before sifting.

Finnigan the spy horse keeps careful watch.

A butterfly enjoys the results of last spring's labor.

A final rest in the shade and chat for the end of class.

The next day Hiro helps plant carrots, beets, onions, and his boots.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012

This week starts off with a visit from 6th grade today followed by 7th and 3rd grades on Monday.  By this time next week, the bed below will be planted in beets, carrots, parsnips, and onions.
Root bed waiting to be prepared this week.
We have three broody hens setting on 11 tiny eggs right now!
Our rooster, Scrappy,  with one of hens (unnamed for now) behind him.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Welcome back to Emerson Farm!

Our next adult volunteer day will be Friday, August 24 from 1 to 3 PM.  Come on out and learn a little about gardening while we get this year's fall garden in order.

Over the summer, the hens and their rooster settled in very nicely.  Two of our hens are now brooding on 11 eggs.  Thanks to some help from summer camp participants and East Chapel Hill High volunteer Skyler, we now have a chicken tractor to help with bed prep for spring planting.

While our weekly student visitors (3rd grade and 7th grade) will not start coming out to the farm until September 10, sixth grade will come on Tuesday and Thursday of the first week of school to prep beds and plant brussels sprouts. 

Pictures coming soon!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Volunteer day cancelled today

I apologize for the short notice, but I spent the wee hours of the morning in ER with a child who needed stitches and then had to get up at 4:30 am to drive a friend to the hospital for surgery.  I've had 2 and 1/2 hours of sleep and do not feel up to gardening today!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Volunteer Days August 12 to August 18

I'll be at the garden from 9 to 9:30 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

On Wednesday and Thursday, 8/15 and 8/16 I'll be there in the evening from 6 to 8.

Please stop by if you can.  Even if you come at a time when I am not there, there is plenty of weeding to do and plenty of food to take home.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Volunteer Days August 5 to August 11, 2012

At this point I am only able to keep up with mowing and watering at the garden.  I'll be there from 9:00 to 9:30 every morning this week except Monday morning.  On Monday I will be there from 10:00 to 10:30.

I'll also be there on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9 from 6:15 to 8:15 to mow.

The garden is desperate for a good weeding so please do come out if you can and spend some time weeding.  If you can't come during the times that I am scheduled to be there, please come on your own and weed any bed in which you recognize what is growing.  The garden really needs it.

Thank you!