CSA veggies for one local family.
Support Garfield Community Farm by selecting one of our “alternative gift options.” You can donate money for a new fruit or nut tree, a subsidized CSA share for a local family, seeds for the coming growing season, money to support our internship program, etc. This year we’ll be planting hazelnuts, raspberries and seaberries around the farm. We’ll also be hiring interns from the neighborhood and from local colleges to work the farm and learn about urban permaculture. Please consider a gift to help us with these things. You can donate in someone’s name and we’ll provide a downloadable PDF card for you to give them.
This is an excellent short film about the book “Sacred Economics” written by Charles Eisenstein. Watch it! Sacred Economics
This year’s fall festival will rival last year’s with food from some amazing chefs, home-brewed beer with GCF hops, cider pressing, games, homemade pies, and more. Contact john at pghopendoor.org to enter this year’s best pie contest. First prize is a $100 gift card to Spoon in East Liberty with prizes for second and third place too! Tickets will be available at the door on the 19th. Pre-Register and reserve your spot at the part! https://squareup.com/market/the-open-door-church
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Well, school is starting, summer crops have been in full production for over a month, our CSA shares are plentiful and everybody is planning for the fall. Even though the seasons are changing and our daily routines are changing, the needs at the farm remain. Every Thursday night volunteers gather at the farm to work in the gardens so they can be more productive as each season goes by. Come up to the farm between 5:30 and about 8pm every Thursday through the fall to help us prepare the gardens for our fall harvests.
This year’s farmer’s market is off to a great start. We’re harvesting plentiful crops every Wednesday morning and setting up the market from 3:30 to 7:30 every Wednesday through the summer at Valley View Church in Garfield, 601 N. Aiken Ave. Please come up and support the farm and try something new from your neighborhood farm.
We will be selling some of our tomato plants and other seedlings.
- Sunday, May 4th at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave. in the morning during the marathon.
- Saturday, May 10th at the Friendship Folk and Flower Festival in the Friendship neighborhood at Baum Grove from 11am until about 2pm.
- Sunday, May 18th at Memorial Park Church after each of three worship services.
Check out the link for details on all of our heirloom varieties!
Over the past few days we’ve been working outside of a town called Quernavaca at an orphanage where about 25 boys live. It’s located at the top of a mountain and is surrounded by pine forests. Our team worked to create a small garden with a group of about 8 boys and we revamped the rabbit hutch and chicken coops. The boys were amazing to work with, all very excited and determined to grow some of their own food. I only wish we could spend more time there to teach more and see the crops grow. One boy, Omar, is very excited about the garden and already quite knowledgable about plants and growing. It seems the lives of these young men are being transformed by the care they are receiving at the orphanage and from each other. They are also working to transform the dry, hard packed land that needs restoration to create a productive garden.
Children of the mountain side orphanage
Future garden side where swales and hugelkultur will be used help feed the children.
Monday was quite an amazing day. We traveled south of Mexico City about 60 km to an orphanage founded by a pastor and his wife housing around seventy children. They began in the city and still have the majority of the children living in a very nice facility with outdoor gardens and play space. A few thousand feet up a near by mountain they recently began an outdoor based site for about twenty of the children, with major expansion of the facility being built. I was so amazed by these people and their passion to love these kids. At the mountain site they are raising rabbits and want our help in making plans to raise chickens and to create an intensive garden to help feed the children. Equally important to feeding the children is teaching them to care for the animals and the garden. I was not expecting such an amazing place and such concrete ways that Alyssa and I will be able to help. The garden site is currently just some bare soil, but with some good depth and color to it. It’s on a hillside so we’ll create some swales and probably do some Hugelkultur. This mountain is heavily forested so there’s plenty of old rooting wood. Some of the boys are already learning to compost and were well versed in the native wild berries around the developing little farm. We will travel back to work with the kids to create the garden space in about four weeks after I’ve been able to get some plants started and we’ve finished out time in the Northern mountains of El Huizachal. We’ll also be working on a design for new rabbit hutches and a chicken coop for at least 20 egg layers. We are so blessed to be here and to be able to serve these amazing people!