Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Community Meeting Monday Oct 1, Earthcare and Ducks

Bianca Sopoci-Belknap (left, with her baby Rowan) Director of Youth Programs for EarthCare, with her new Americorps crew.  These young folks are in town for eleven months, working in garden-related projects as part of EarthCare food justice program

They spent an afternoon helping remove goat heads around the property and two of them came to work our stand at the Eldorado farmers market.

The following weekend was a great opportunity to say thank you to EarthCare and fire-up the horno for some wholesome pizza (including exotic varieties with pears and beets!)

Members of the Architecture for Humanity local chapter met with us at Gaia Gardens to discuss their intent to build a new farm stand, a solar shower and a portable puppet theater for Gaia Gardens.

Following a noise complaint from a neighbor, our 3 ducks got relocated to a new pen (palace?) near the compost yard.  A large postcard in the shape of a duck was delivered to the neighbor with these words on it:  
Dear Don,
I am sorry that my quack was so obnoxious.  I think my parents were genetically- modified and used as boat horns in Indonesia.  I just moved down the hill to a very plush pad with ground-level swimming pool and shaded patio.  The food, unfortunately, has not changed… Poki may be French but his cooking abilities are worse than British. I hope your mornings are peaceful once again.
PS. I hope you don’t report the chickens to the authorities, as we (the 3 ducks) are now enjoying our own space, and don’t want to ever have to share our place with so many rambunctious ladies.

Kids help pick damaged chard and kale leaves, and feed the chickens and ducks,


as well as gather eggs from the hen house.  Their visit ends with songs.

On Sunday afternoon 4-6pm, a group from EarthCare is now coming to work on the farm.

We started sifting compost from our large compost pile,


and amended one of the potato beds that was recently cleared.

Chard will soon be transplanted in that bed.

The Sunday evening ended with, guess what?  More pizza!  Feel free to join these wonderful youths on Sunday for an afternoon of laughin' and farmin'.

Monthly Community Potluck
Monday Oct 1
Bring dishes to cook in the horno (pizza dough and toppings, bread, root vegetables)

Upcoming Workshop!

Building hoophouses over your existing beds
Sunday, Oct.14
Learn to create efficient hoophouses using rebar, PVC and UV resistant plastic to cover existing beds.  Grow food such as kale, parsley, mustard greens and chard in these tight and windproof tunnels.  Instructor: Poki, Gaia Gardens farm manager.  Cost: $10
Please register by emailing us

Farm Stand
New hours
Mon., Wed. & Fri. 

Farmers Markets
Tuesday at the Railyard  8:00am-1:00pm  (our booth is outside)
Saturday at the Railyard  8:00am-1:00pm  (our booth is inside)
Friday in Eldorado  3:00-7:00pm

Mon., Wed. & Fri.    8:00am-12:00pm 

Qigong Class ( Led by Dominique. Free)
Mondays 7:30-8:00am 

For more info on our activities and schedule, please visit here

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pizza and Children

The first pizza baked from our new horno turned out to be absolutely delicious.  We also roasted chiles and flat bread.  Our attempt to also fire pottery was not so successful!!

Our monthly potluck was well attended by volunteers, customers and neighbors.

Thank you Pablo for helping us build a beautiful horno.

This morning, we hosted children from the Waldorf Wee Spirit Nursery.  They will be visiting the farm every week.  We harvested eggs, carrots and tomatoes.  Thank you kids for blessing our bees and plants!

Many parents come with their children to buy produce at our farm stands.



Always an opportunity to walk the garden and graze...

The Martinez sisters stopped by on their morning walk.

Our first Cinderella French Pumpkin


We now have a portable sound system to play music in the garden.  DJ Zibadaya here at the controls...

Dominique has been harvesting Calendula to make medicinal tinctures and salves.

Design by Nature...

As of Sept. 15, our farm stand will be opened from 8:00am-12:00pm.  We can always use extra hands for harvest and weeding in the morning.  Come play farmer with us and take home some fresh produce, or earn Time Bank dollars if you are on Time Bank.

A regular volunteer is needed to process our Food Depot compost donation on Tuesdays after 3PM. Volunteers take produce home for their effort.

Mon., Wed. & Fri.    7:00-11:00am 

(As of Sept 15, 8:00am-12:00pm) 

For more info on our activities and schedule, please visit here

 Led by Dominique. Free)
Monday 7:30-8:00am 

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

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Monthly Community Potluck, Monday Sept. 3


We'll be firing up our new horno (earth oven) so bring things to bake-bread, pizza, cookies. We'll be roasting chiles from the garden. 

Bring the kids. Musicians always appreciated.
We will also be giving away freshly-brewed Compost Tea. Bring a jug.