John Creasy (me, GCF Director), Jessica Sprunger (PULSE intern at GCF) and seven other volunteers from the farm and The Open Door Church just returned from an amazing two weeks of working with indigenous farmers in central Mexico. We planted over 75 fruit and nut trees and plenty more shrubs, herbs and perennial vegetables. It was a great time of learning and teaching as we shared our experiences with small scale farming and absorbed as much knowledge as we could from our hosts. Back at home the farm has been in full swing with most of our annual crops in and dozens of new perennials too. We planted more hops this year, added a hedgerow of hazelnuts to the upper garden and have been planted native and beneficial plants all over the place.
Our farmer’s market starts this Wednesday, 3:30 to 7:30pm at Valley View Church 601 N. Aiken Ave.
Come out to Franktuary on Butler Street for some happy hour treats to benefit Garfield Community Farm! Check out the details here! https://www.facebook.com/events/368581206662979/
This May a group from Garfield Community Farm and The Open Door Church is traveling to El Huizachal, Mexico to work on the Food Forest project we began in 2014. Check out the details here and find out how you can support us! http://igg.me/at/mexicofoodforest/x/10269744
John Creasy will be teaching a one day class on the principles and techniques you need to understand and better utilize the ways of permaculture. We’ll study the use of polycultures in your garden, plant and insect relationships, water catchment and conservation, energy in your home and on the farm, and more. Check it out here:
When: Saturday, February 28th – 9am to 3pm
Where: The Livermore (corner of Highland Ave. and Baum Blvd. in East Liberty)
Details: Cost is $50, “treats” will be provided by The Livermore to supplement a lunch that you bring.
Bar Marco can’t get out of the news these days, ever since they announced they’ll be doing away with accepting tips in place of paying their employees a $30k+ wage with benefits. Bar Marco, and owner Bobby Frey, have always had a bigger vision for the restaurant than just being an amazing restaurant. One way they are making a difference in the community is through their “no menu Monday” events when a local non-profit is selected to receive all proceeds from an entire evening’s meal. The “no menu” part comes through the collaboration with other local chefs on these special evenings. Each non-profit selects a chef willing to donate his or her time to prepare a one time selection of dishes to raise money. On Feb. 2nd Garfield Farm will be working with Chef Chad Townsend and chef Dan Robinson to create an amazing evening of great food. Check out the event page here and make a reservation! There’s no extra cost, just come eat some amazing food and enjoy an evening out!
A BIG thank you to all of you who donated toward our alternative gift campaign! We’ve learned that some of you have not received the beautiful card that is to be emailed to you when you donate. This is the card that you can then give as a gift to someone stating your donation made in their name. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need us to email you the card.
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.