Monday, April 30, 2012

New Trees, Music and Young Men

















Last week, 50 young indigenous trees and bushes were purchased from the Forestry Department.  We are seeking native tree experts to help us figure out where and how these youngsters should be planted.

















On Tuesday, Will Atkinson was back with his Bobcat to level the two fields that will soon be sheet-mulched .  Thank you Will for your incredible contribution to building the farm!



















Yesterday, a group of young men from the Boyz to Men organization came to work at the farm.

























The young men helped build paths to the lower field (we want to keep people on paths so the landscape can regenerate)

















ElanaSue bought her mother Joy (94) to visit the farm.  Joy has been a farmer all her life. ElanaSue grew up on an orchard in Wisconsin.

























Another good show of volunteers for our farm day yesterday.  Several hundreds young seedling were transplanted (chard, onion, cabbage).

























Persephone transplanting Golden Chard

























And Zuni transplanting Rhubard Chard

























Remember to always hold the seedlings by the leaves when you transplant!  Stems easily bruise.



















Our plant staging/hardening area was greatly expanded to accommodate all the seedlings now leaving the greenhouse.





















Our regular Sunday night music-social was well attended and the songs were delicious




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Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Day, Transplanting and Airstream Trailer

























Beautiful show of people on Earth Day... 

























Our fruit trees and new raspberry patch got mulched


























Aida, Larry and Jennie at the transplanting station

























Claire getting a tray ready to seed Chile Peppers

























Lizette seeding Chiles


















Cucumber, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Chard seedlings got transplanted yesterday.  They will be ready to go in the garden beds in 2-3 weeks.



















100lbs (4 varieties) of seed potatoes were planted

























Kaylyn and her faithful companions

 















The colorful signs that were placed on the fence adjacent the bike trail have been drawing a lot of inquiring visitors.  One of them, Jim, a neighbor, offered to loan us a 31' Airstream trailer to lodge our farm superintendent.

A donation of $50 was made by one of our volunteers, and One Earth Solutions donated seeds and two water timers for our irrigation system.

A beautiful Earth Day indeed!

A group of students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute currently working on a project in Santa Fe on sustainability will be visiting the farm on Thursday.


COMMUNITY MEETING (and Potluck Brunch)
Sundays 12:00-1:30PM



FARM DAYS FOR VOLUNTEERS

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays  
2:00-6:00PM 
(feel free to come at anytime during these hours)



SOCIAL-MUSIC GATHERING around the fire

Sundays 7:30pm


NEEDED

Money to Purchase Irrigation


We need to purchase irrigation material (drip lines and sprinklers) and are looking for $ donations to help purchase approximately $700 of supplies.  Click here to donate 



Person(s) needed to pick up compost at Body 3x week (email here if interested)


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

New crop circles, Potatoes and Permaculture




















Things are smoothly moving along at our little farm...


















Last Sunday, our friend Gene and three wwofers currenly working at his ranch came by to give us a hand.

























 























Jordan and Josh, two of the wwoofers, camped at Gaia Gardens overnight to continue helping us on Monday.


























Derk Loeks, another permaculture designer came by this week to take a look at the farm.  He made great suggestions on creating guilds (Pinon-Juniper-Golden Currant) as well as suggested a variety of trees and shrubs we could get from the Forestry Service such as Black Locust, Oregon Grapes, Arroyo Mapple, Wolf Berries and Siberian Peas.






































I was invited to make a presentation at the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission last Tuesday.  It followed a presentation by Louise Pappe on urban agriculture nationwide.  




























Tiel and Kaylyn have been busy planting potatoes and flowers, as well as building and beautifying the camping area.

























Our compost tea brewer is now in operation.  The entire field was sprayed a couple days ago.  A new batch is brewing right now and will be applied tomorrow.  It take 24 hours to make a batch.















The entire field is now ready for planting....

Tomorrow Sunday, we will be planting beets, carrots, radishes and chard from seeds.  We'll also be transplanting a lot of the seedlings from our greenhouse.  If you wish to get more involved in shaping the mission of the farm, please come to our community meeting tomorrow 12:00-1:30pm

COMMUNITY MEETING (and Potluck Brunch)
Sundays 12:00-1:30PM

FARM DAYS FOR VOLUNTEERS
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays  2:00-6:00PM 
(feel free to come at anytime during these hours)

SOCIAL-MUSIC GATHERING around the fire
Sundays 7:30pm

NEEDED
Money to Purchase Irrigation

We need to purchase irrigation material (drip lines and sprinklers) and are looking for $ donations to help purchase approximately $700 of supplies.  Click here to donate 

Person(s) needed to pick up compost at Body and Aztec 3x week (email here if interested)


 
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  If you wish to support this project, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.   See our Wish List


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Learning the Ins and Outs of Blogger




The Gaia Gardens blog is managed through Blogger (part of the Google suite).

It is a relatively simple tool, yet one blog entry can easily take me one hour to create between sorting and formatting photos, writing the text, researching relevant links and making sure the pictures and text format correctly (and I manage a dozen blogs and have used Blogger for several years).
 
I will soon be offering a two-hour workshop on Blogger.  A test blog will be set up for participants to practice until they are proficient enough to be made Gaia Gardens blog authors.
 
The workshop will be offered to Gaia Gardens and Dandelion Ranch participants as it would be wonderful to have multiple blog authors for both these projects.
 
The workshop will be offered on a donation basis

If interested, please email me to let me know what days/time would work best for you.

Friday, April 13, 2012

No Community Meeting this Sunday April 15




Our regular 12:00-1:30pm community meeting will not be happening this Sunday 4/15 as Poki is attending the Elaine Ingham soil workshop all weekend and Jay is in Colorado. 

However our regular 2:00-6:00PM volunteer farm day is happening as usual.

Please join Kaylyn, Tiel and Dominique and others for a delightful afternoon of digging, planting potatoes, sifting compost, planting raspberries and making rock paths.
 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Busy Week at the Farm















Hand painted signs, courtesy of Dominique















Kaylyn and Tiel (interns) and Jay at last Sunday community meeting










































Tiel bringing sifted one year-old horse and steer manure to top-dress our raised beds


























Creating paths in the lower field


































Raised beds have been created in nearly half of the 7,500sq' lower field!


























Today, a 50 foot bed was planted with Russet potatoes (courtesy of Synergia Ranch)


















Tiel, Kaylyn and Dominique trying on new bathing suits

















Tiel's new abode, courtesy of our friends Paul, Luap and Heather

















The interns' lounge





























Brian installed a floor and coat rack in the silver shed

























Mishra rinsing buckets after a delivery of 800lbs of coffee grounds, courtesy of Ohori's Coffee











































Larry (owner of Ark Plumbing), our volunteer plumber, installing the frost free spigots for irrigation

















Poki setting the timer for overnight sprinkler irrigation

















A propane gas stove (courtesy of Synergia Ranch) for our interns' outdoor kitchen

















Receiving our weekly load of compost from Food Depot





Life is good at the farm....


I will be presenting Gaia Gardens at the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission on Tuesday 4/17 at 3:00pm

New Schedule
Farm days for volunteers have been increased to 4 days a week:   
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Note our change of hours as well: 2:00-6:00PM  
(feel free to come at anytime during these hours)

Money Needed to Purchase Irrigation
Our spigots are now installed and water is available to the lower field.  We now need to purchase irrigation material (drip lines and sprinklers) and are looking for $ donations to help purchase approximately $700 of supplies.  Click here to donate 

Person(s) needed to pick up compost at Body and Aztec 3x week (email here if interested)

A small group from Civic Justice Corps will be volunteering every Monday 1:15-3:30pm.  Feel free to join their work party.

Sign-up on the right of blog (Follow this Blog by Email) to receive announcements posted on this blog.

  If you wish to support this project, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.   See our Wish List