Sunday, September 16, 2007

September 16th Workday

We had another great workday today. We finished weeding the entire garden area inside the fence, so that we can now plant some cover crops for the winter. We also harvested some eggplants, zucchini, hot peppers, tomatoes and all of the herbs (lemon verbena, spearmint, lemon balm). We received a request from the Blue Camel Café for some herbs so they should be showing up there in about a week after they are done drying. We also harvested and removed all of the corn plants so that they may dry and we can save the seeds.

We also planted our first succession of lettuces for a Fall crop. We will be planting more in the coming weeks.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

3rd Annual Sproutfest! @ Earth House

On Friday we hosted Sproutfest! It is an annual event held at Earth House for faculty and staff of the college. It serves as an opportunity for us to raise awareness about our projects among the CC community beyond the students. We spent the entire day cooking (with as many ingredients from the garden and/or organic ingredients as possible) at Earth House.

We made: vegan pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, cucumber soup, focaccia, baba ganouj, eggplant parmesan, veggie/fruit juice, and zucchini bread. We also served a big dish of our delicious cherry tomatoes (see picture). I think people really enjoyed what we made.

We also gave them a tour of the garden and an explanation of what we are growing and some of our future goals.

Thanks so much to all who came and to those who made some delicious food for our guests.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

September 9th

We continued the work on the garden this week doing a lot more weeding and cleaning up of the whole area. The plants are looking much stronger this week since they've been cleaned up and watered all week. Many of the fruits are weighing down on the plants. We will certainly be harvesting a lot this week.

We also started up work on the shed once again. We have finished the rock base and are now starting to place glass bottles on top of those to build up the walls (they will serve as windows to provide natural lighting to the shed. Once the walls have been built up enough we will build a wooden frame on which to place the roof. We're hoping to finish it this fall.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

First Workday of the Fall Semester

We had a very successful first workday in the garden. We had a large group that was able to work hard and efficiently. The garden had a lot of weeds so we spent the bulk of the day weeding around the bases of the plants to give them some breathing room. We also harvested a large amount of gourds and pumpkins. We have many peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, zucchinis, and corn that a looking beautiful and ready to eat. We should be having a larger harvest soon for the dining halls. We also set up the drip hose to water the plants, which are looking a little low on water.