Although this entry marks the first of many Sowing Seeds updates to come, it is difficult to put down all that has been going on and learned by the seven apprentices over the past two months. The farm has definitely changed from a quiet place to a busy network of great people and excitement for the current season. Time has flown by as we have come to learn the basics of what it takes to transform land into a rich and diverse food producing system. Every day that goes by I am humbled by how little I know and realize how much more there is to know about growing food.
This week we finally planted our own plots- an exciting and somewhat daunting process. Will anything actually grow? As I plant these tiny little carrot seeds in my plot, I feel our plots are such a great way for us to learn experientially about planting crops, planning, successes and failures, as well as a way to learn through other’s experiences. As the week continued with bright sun and warm temperatures, we were tasked with various jobs around the farm including laying out aluminum irrigation piping, learned about the different types of cover crop and self-critiqued our last-week’s hoeing around the lettuces.