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This past weekend’s Big Event Work day was a huge success! Thanks to the hard work and generosity of UCO and OCU students and youth groups from across Oklahoma, we accomplished a lot of work at our urban farm and at Central Park Community Garden.
At central park students helped remove Bermuda grass, edge and prepare garden beds for planting
The big projects at our farm site were setting raised beds in our field and building compost bins for our large scale compost initiative.
We were greatly impressed with all of the volunteers enthusiasm and tireless energy. Thank you all so much for spending a day with us and come back soon!
(photos from volunteers at Central Park coming soon!)
Thanks again to all our volunteers and to UCO and OCU for organizing the BIG Event!
|Kam of Guilford Gardens educating CTE youth in sustainable farming practices|
|Kam explaining the benefits of growing food in a hoop house|
|Chef Barb teaching us how to prepare greens from our garden!|
Come join CTE this Saturday March 5th as we host students volunteering from UCO and OCU’s ‘BIG Event’!
We will be working at both of our sites:
At Central Park we will be preparing garden beds for spring planting, edging vegetable beds with recycled material, harvesting worm castings, working to in the Shartel medians to prepare to install a rock boulder sign and removing Bermuda grass.
At CYO Urban Farm we will be preparing our plot of land into raised beds, building compost bins from recycled pallets, planting onions, harvesting worm castings, starting seedling trays and making walking trails with wood chips.
This is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, come see our work sites, get to know our youth and learn some new gardening techniques. We hope to see you there! keflex on sale.
If you have any questions or need directions e-mail Rachel.Kastner@gmail.com
We are VERY happy and proud to announce that Closer to Earth is the recipient of Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company’s $5,000 Green Thumb Challenge grant! We cant thank them enough for this support! I am so proud of our youth and the hard work they do to merit this grant.
$5,000 is a lot of money for us and we will be investing it well. This grant is going towards:
1. Helping to cover the costs of our weekly transportation of materials for our large composting initiative
2. A business investment to jump start our youth’s project to sell veggies, compost and worm castings at farmers markets and special events
3. Providing bus passes and assisting with van transportation costs, helping youth to and from work and between work sites
4. Revamping our greenhouse for winter crop production and season extension
5. Purchasing winter materials such as row cover, cover crop seed and alfalfa hay.
See the Press Release: here
We have been VERY busy on the farm this past month. We decided not to till our 1/2 acre plot of land so we have been working it by hand with a broadfork, removing old crops, removing plastic mulch, and pulling out weeds as we go. We are cover cropping with a variety of green manures including: Austrian winter peas, rye, an edible winter mix, fava beans, and garbonzo beans. We are a bit late in the season for planting- but we are going for it- trying to improve our soil. I have been throughout impressed by the kids persistence in the hard labor of broadforking. cheap finasteride 1mg.
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We are also starting production inside the greenhouse. Last week we planted our first round of lettuces and greens! We are still experimenting with seed, growing medium and container. So hopefully we will have a wonderful salad mix to market in a few weeks!
Also, our greenhouse is getting a new cover! We were hit hard by the hail storm last spring and our double layer poly cover is in no shape for winter. This Saturday we are having a recover work part at the farm, come join us!
We started the morning harvesting lettuce at the farm, then loaded into our ‘faithful’ white van and headed to the Civic Center. Our table included: produce, popcorn, hot cider, worm castings, t-shirts, socks, mushroom logs and handmade cards. The youth took turns manning the table and collecting recycling and compost materials from the crowd and other vendors.
I think the crowds were impressed with our massive sweet potatoes and fresh broccoli. We sold a good amount of sweet potatoes and a bit of lettuce. It was a great experience for our crew to interact with their larger community and to explain what they are doing on the farm. I was so proud to hear them telling their stories and sharing the information they have learned. If you signed up to volunteer with us we’ll be contacting you soon. Thanks to our youth for the great job they did and thanks to our community for supporting us!