August Farm Update
By Gracelynn Lau
Harvesting season has began at OUR Farm! We have been harvesting at least 50 pounds of assorted zucchini every other day, countless cucumbers, and tomatoes are on their way. While our team is busy picking from our apple trees and curing garlic, we also responded to a few invitations to pick transparent apples in the neighborhoods, which mean the processing season has also began – applesauce, apple pie filling and dehydrate apple!
Watering and mulching all the trees on the property and in the “baby food forest” beside Freya’s House are the priority in the last couple weeks. It takes a lot of love and sweat and patience to establish a young food forest. This past week, the food forest is the outdoor classroom for campers (6 – 12 years old) at Hiiye’yu Lelum House of Friendship summer camp and international students from Brooks’ School summer leadership program. Our team learn how to creatively teach about the benefits of food forest, how to build soil with cardboard and wood chips to young learners and new farmers.
Last week the greywater subsurface irrigation system is on for testing on the chicken terrace. We are irrigating from the water tank for now (not greywater yet!), but it’s still a big step after 3 years of hard work. Meanwhile, our farm lead Jared and summer intern Melodie have been busy finding empty beds in the garden to plant the Fall crops.