Tag Archives: mulch

Soil Building Initiative Launched!


These weeks are busy, as the month of October is a squash farmer’s dream as all minds turn to pumpkin.  So what better way to celebrate the season than with a two fold community building action.  This past week, I got the Squash and Awe Soil Building Initiative launched.  Building Soil-Building Community.  I have asked local businesses to “sign on” to the program by donating pure, green or brown compost worthy waste to help build my farm’s soil.  In turn, I teach a pumpkin program at their school of choice.  So far so good…40 gallons of green waste.  18 lbs of coffee grounds, and three trunk loads of cardboard to use in my sheet mulching.  30 preschoolers served, and 5 classes at 3 schools in the weeks ahead.

Farm Fact: Reuse

Farm Fact: Reuse is the core of our farming practice. The raised beds are made from raw materials reclaimed from our community. Think creatively when planning your farm or garden. What is in your community? A brewery (for hops/yeast)? A saw mill, or woodworkers business (sawdust)? Tree trimmers (wood chips)? Big box stores (for cardboard)? Think about what normally goes in the dump and see what you can use. Scheduling a pick up time with local businesses lets them stay on task, and allows you to be a help rather than a hindrance.