Sunday, October 28, 2012

Upcoming Workshops, Studio for Rent and Community Potluck

Sat. Nov. 17  
Natural Building with Charles Bell

We'll be creating a semi circular bench in the garden using little more than the earth under our feet.  Come learn skills that can be applied to a wide variety of natural building projects for beautiful, durable and long lasting natural structures.  Clay + Sand + Straw = Bench, Oven, Studio, House... Whatever!  Cob is a structural composite of clay, sand, straw and water which lends itself to freeform artistic building while still being strong enough for any situation and easy enough for anyone to do.
No experience necessary, just a willingness to get dirty and have fun.  Come for the full day or just an hour.  Children most welcome.  Cost:  Donation  (TB$ accepted)


Sunday Nov. 18  
Fermenting Vegetables with Dawn Bourgeois
In this fun, hands-on class, you will learn step-by-step how to make raw fermented vegetables. We will discuss the tools needed, the production process from start to finish and ways to eat them. You will also learn the benefits of eating this amazing healing food! You will walk away with a handout of the process discussed in class, a jar of vegetables and the confidence to make fermented vegetables in your own kitchen. Join us for an afternoon of fun and fermentation!  Cost:  $15  (TB$ accepted)

Dawn Bourgeois is a Certified Body Ecologist and budding Holistic Health Coach. In 2006, after struggling with health issues and the current medical system, she began deeply exploring natural healing and food as medicine. She is passionate and intrigued by the ability of fermented foods to heal and nurture the body. She has been providing fermentation demonstrations since 2007 and is currently studying at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

At our Oct. 14 Hoop House workshop...

Installing grommets on the 6mil plastic

Voila!  Tucked in for the winter...

Community Potluck
Monday Nov 5
This will be our harvest celebration and last community potluck this year.  We'll be making pizza and bread in our wood-fired horno and will sacrifice our largest pumpkin to make the most delicious, cream-filled soup.  Musicians and kids always cherished.

Volunteer Time and Farm Stand
Mon. and Wed. 9:00am-12:00pm
We are still working in the garden on those days and still have chard, kale, arugula, carrots and winter squash for sale.

600sq' Work Studio for rent at Gaia Gardens  
There will be an opening in the commercial building as of Dec 1st (possibly earlier).  Studio is one open space with 220V for a stove and kiln.  Space currently has no heat. Bathroom and shower are next door in the building.  $500/month. For inquiries, please contact Poki  RENTED!

NOTE: There will be no more Qigong class offered on Monday until next Spring.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Volunteer Time and HoopHouses Workshop

New Volunteer Time 
Mondays and Wednesdays 

We still have tomatoes, potatoes, kale and chard for sale.  We'll keep the farm stand open during these days and times.

"Scraper" working with Dominique cleaning frozen tomato plants


Francesca, a new wwoofer staying at the farm.


Kaylyn (pushing wheelbarrow) is back...

Today Sunday Oct 14
Workshop-Building Hoophouses
Cost: $10

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hard Freeze, Monte del Sol and Last Day of Farm Stand

This morning was a rude awakening!  A freeze hit the garden hard last night and killed basil, squash, tomatoes and marigolds.  Even though the tomatoes and basil were covered, as a 32 degree had been predicted the day before, the freeze put an early end to our season.

A dozen flats of green tomatoes were brought inside and hopefully will ripen before Christmas...

The covered plants before the freeze

The damage to the chard, marigold and squash...

Our last farm stand will be this Wednesday Oct. 10, 8am-12pm.  We will do a few more Farmers Markets after that but we are nearing the end of our growing season.

Last week, twenty teenagers from the Monte del Sol High School came to spend a morning at the farm.

They predator-proofed the chicken coop,


sifted compost,

and cooked lunch with vegetables from the garden.


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 coordinator.  Cost: $10

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