Despite rainy and chilly conditions, we felt like our first Saturday volunteer day was a warm success! We had three die-hard gals come help us start baby plants in the greenhouse, and our neighborhood conservation nonprofit, the Beaman Park to Bells Bend Conservation Corridor group, stopped in for coffee and snacks in the Old School. We even had a family come by the event just to check it out, and they wound up buying a CSA share!
Next Saturday, April 12th, we’ll be hosting a group for Global Youth Service Day through Hands On Nashville! All are welcome to come by, the more the merrier! More info through Hands On Nashville’s event page and the event on Facebook.
How to Plant Things at the Old School Farm, Spring 2014
1) Set up 100-foot twine lines along the tractor treads to designate path/bed distinction
2) Dig out the path next to the bed to create a fluffy bed and a smooth volunteer-friendly path
3) PAINSTAKINGLY go over each bed with a digging fork to dislodge mammoth rocks and abundant bermuda grass (This can take up to half a day)
4) Spread compost (Purchased in bulk from our friends at The Compost Company) and rake smooth. This is the fun part.
5) Plant transplants from the greenhouse OR make tiny trenches for direct-seeding
6) Water those babies in (unless it’s going to rain) and cover with row-cover cloth (until it gets warm)
7) Yell at farm dog Stanley in an Irish accent if he steps on the newly planted bed
Today we planted 50 pounds of red and gold skinned seed potatoes despite the wet ground! Fingers crossed they will produce ALOT of yummy potatoes for all our CSA members. Before planting the potatoes (pictured below) we cut each eye into a seperate chunk to go in the ground.
(Side note: Don’t let the photo deceive you… Potatoes go “eye-side” up)
Our spring plants have been coming in very nicely! Check out this beautiful Pak-Choi: