Great Workday at our Cokesbury Site on Saturday–lots accomplished before the rain started. The Tomato seedlings were very happy!
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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
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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Organic Garden-Farm Intern Program
“At The Fruitful Field we grow people; in the process a lot of vegetables and fruit are produced.”
The Fruitful Field Intern experience:
The Fruitful Field (TFF) Organic Garden-Farm Interns love to see organically-grown vegetables in the hands of those who need them most via our unique ‘Buy-1-Give-1′ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares program: For every share purchased, an equivalent is provided to a needy family or food pantry. As a result, our interns want to design and implement consistent planting & harvest cycles, experience organic growing methods, and become familiar with permaculture concepts as well as contribute to the overall community experience. From planning and planting to nurturing and harvesting, our interns are highly-motivated and detail-oriented, working on our 2 acres of Super Garden Plots located on 6 acres of reclaimed urban land.