Well, despite its cold and rainy appearance, spring has been good to us. Things are growing and there are many projects underway out at the farm. I’ll be sure to give more regular updates about what’s going on now that the season is in motion.
Some of you might be familiar with the “Green Farm Project”. This project is essentially just a commitment from us to continue looking at ways to be environmental stewards. We’ve done a number of things already, and there’s so much more to do! It’s an exciting project, and it’s one that is so important- especially in a place that is so committed to the renewed health and welfare of its clients. Why not nurture the health and well-being of our environment as well? And so, a natural next step was to create a new and improved vegetable garden. Here’s what’s happening out at the farm:
It’s growing… Below is the “before” picture. You can see 16 raised beds (approximately 25 ft by 3 ft) off to the right.
The new plan? The new plan covers approximately an acre, and will be completed over the next 2-3 years. That’s about 15 times the size of last years vegetable garden… So, you might ask, why the change? It wasn’t as though the initial garden wasn’t productive. It was! However, we wanted to challenge ourselves to be even more self-sufficient. With this new plan we hope to utilize the space to grow the majority of our vegetables/fruits for use through the whole year, and not just throughout the growing season. Exciting, yes?
This means that we have a few challenges ahead of us. We have lots of new area to cover- from how to get it all in the ground to how to store and use all of it! It should be a fun year, and definitely a great learning experience.
Be sure to check out the “Volunteer” section of this blog for updates! We need your help!