Fall Garden kickoff Saturday October 18th

Our Fall Kickoff is Saturday October 18th–Don’t miss it!

Hey Fruitful Field fans from all climes,  

Temperatures may vary where you are but here in South Florida we’ve moved from sweltering summer to still warm but much more comfortable fall.  We’re waking up from hibernation by getting outside and making the most of sunshine and rain to enjoy the plants and fruits that grace our big growing season.

So, wake up and come smell the dragon fruit flowers on Saturdaythe 18th.  Here’s what we are offering:

  1. Garden Plots for “rent”: Yearning for to place to get your hands dirty while planting grandma’s heirloom butter beans?  Community gardening family Chad, Adrienne and Walker have found one of our hidden treasures. You can too–we still have 5 plots available for the season, out of 18 total.  This is the real gardening deal!!!    Our plots are 10′ by 10′ with drip irrigation and will only set you back $20 for a season of gardening work.  Only organic methods are permitted and soon your plot can be bursting with learning, tasty veggies and community!
  2. Garden Tours:  Curious about what a jujube flower smells like or how a row of mustard greens sways in the breeze?  Ever wonder why drip irrigation is so much better than a sprinkler? Been meaning to check us out or overdue for an update?  Here’s your chance to come look around and hear stories about our creative approach to food, community, and care of creation.
  3. Work Day Projects: Old Hands know that the Third Saturday of each month is aVolunteer Workday and we don’t want to disappoint!   In the midst of the hubbub we will have a few challenging projects for those of you who want to help us help others grow high quality local and organically-grown food in a beautiful setting.  Come with closed-toe shoes and gloves; leave with a sense of satisfaction.
  4. Garden based refreshments:  Heard about our famous Iced Lemongrass tea?  Here’s your chance! We’ll have it available from 9am to noon.  Curious about how green papaya curry tastes?  We will be serving this light lunch from  11amonward.  Our Food and Nutrition Coordinator, the amazing Amanda Heisman, will be showing off creative ways to eat early season plants. Taste what local seasonal food is all about! 
See you in the garden,
Flavio for The Fruitful Field

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Zion Lutheran Middle School students are back!

Starting September 23rd and continuing for the next 10 weeks we have Zion Lutheran students doing all kinds of creative, educational and nutritional things at the garden.

1st to the garden are the 6th graders who in the last two weeks have done a scavenger hunt and plot planting. Check out some the pictures and stay tuned for more!

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Workday at Fruitful Field Cokesbury 9/13

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Great Workday at our Cokesbury Site on Saturday–lots accomplished before the rain started. The Tomato seedlings were very happy!

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We have Garden Shares for Sale

The Fruitful Field CSA Program from Fruitful Field on Vimeo.

Check out our video and click on the “Garden Shares” tab to sign up.

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Workday this Saturday August 16th

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Can you take the heat??! It’s August and the Sun’s blazing, no doubt about it….. Join us Saturday for our Volunteer Workday and take nature’s extreme challenge at the Parkway site. A mix of projects and the relief of icy lemongrass tea await you. Light lunch of garden food provided (green papaya coconut curry is on the menu!). The garden season is in gear again and needs your help and gritty tenacity

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Preparing our new site in Margate (Cokesbury United Methodist)

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Breaking Ground at Cokesbury!

(post by Eric Gibian- Site Coordinator at The Fruitful Field at Cokesbury)

Saturday August 10th was the big day for breaking ground on the new TFF garden site at Cokesbury UMC.  The plan was to spread a generous amount of composted chicken manure to add fertility, then rototill in the grass.  The goal is to get the tough Florida grass chopped up, roots and all so that it decomposes into the soil adding organic matter and nutrients back to the soils much like farmers do with a cover crop.  The tough little red machine in the pictures got a full workout to say the least.  I’ve done this job on a larger scale before with a 30 horsepower tractor powering a 1000 lb tiller on a much less resilient northern grass.  Basically this walk behind tiller yanked me around like a wild bronco as it struggled with shallow soil depth and ridiculously tough sod-grass.  That being said, we got the job done.  We’ll have to rent the tiller again for at least one more pass in a couple weeks after things have decomposed some, but the hardest part is done.

It was great to have some eager volunteers already at this early stage.  Last week Cubmaster Steve came out and helped us break up and remove the old garden boxes.  This week Phil who serves as a church trustee was on hand helping out.  My boy Gabriel and wonderful wife Bridgett of course have been sweating right along with me here.  Overall I’d say we are off to a decent start.  We have already overcome some obstacles and I can foresee more ahead.  But that’s just life I suppose, definitely life in the garden.

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