Oh man, can you feel it? Days are getting longer, the snow is beginning to dissipate and the 40 degree weather is rejuvenating. You know what that means, Spring is right around the corner and there are veggies and fruit to be grown and eaten! We hope everyone had a relaxing and quiet winter. We sure did! But now its time to get back to business. We have started planning for our second season and there are a lot of exciting things happening.
We were chosen as one of the participants in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Community Grower’s Alliance. The CGA is a new program funded by the USDA to support entrepreneurial urban growers. For us this means that we are getting supplied with various tools, support, and best of all plants, lots and lots of plants(including a ton of fruit like blueberries and strawberries which will be part of a new community bed for neighbors to come and harvest as they please!).
Also, last year we had several meetings concerning building projects at the farm. We have a carpenter friend coming next week who will be beginning construction on our two new raised beds, a rainwater catchment roof and a new gate! These will be on going projects that we will need some help with in the coming months but we will be designing and beginning the construction process soon and you’ll be hearing from us about future work days.
Last summer we realized that there was a lot of interest in being heavily involved, but because of schedules it was hard to coordinate. So, this summer we are opening up one of our beds to the community as plots for two individuals or groups to do what they please. We will be releasing invitations and information on how to apply in the next few weeks. We still need to work out some details to make this a successful program. We are hoping that this summer there will be more of a community presence in the farm and hopefully that fence will become invisible!
And finally, we will be unleashing our exciting event program which will include more Farm Stands, both at the farm and at a soon to be decided satellite location, Movie Nights in the park across the street, workshops and most of all more fundraising events.
So clearly we are diving head first into this summer, taking on a lot (as we do best ) and this year we hope to have a more structured system of working with vollunteers. If you are interested in being involved please email us and let us know in what capacity and what your interests are.
We hope that you are all well and Can’t wait to have some more fun at the Farm!
Patrick and Elissa