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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

From all of Boise High School and the Downtown Teaching Farm, we'd like to wish you warm wishes in the New Year.

Our major goals for 2017 at the farm are:
*More automatic structure and efficiency in the irrigation systems
*More users from Boise High and surrounding schools, especially with the addition of...
*Completion of the the Teaching and Learning Station and Outdoor Classroom (about 70% complete before the snow fell).
*Improved soil fertility with all of our our work this Fall.
*Continued collaboration with Harvest for Homeless initiatives looking at providing nutritious meals to our communities vulnerable families and individuals.

Please contact us at any time if you are interested in participating as a community gardener or with any type of collaboration or partnership.  Below you will see our draft planting plans as we look forward to Spring.  We are also hard at work on the seed library, so Boise High folks, please stop in to the BHS Library and pick up seeds throughout the Spring!

All the best to you and yours in the New Year,
Ali Ward
Lead Teacher, DTFarm (Boise High Science Dept.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Draft for 2017 - Planting Plan overlaid with Cover Crops

The West Side as of 11/29/16
 The Center 11/29/16
 The East Side (near the Orchard) as of 11/29/16
Sprout Sprouts!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Collaboration with Boise Food Salvage

We're collaborating with Boise Food Salvage as a Service Learning Project. Next season we will plant special culinary herbs and fruits for but for now we will cook and harvest! Thank you Samantha for inspiration!

Loved our day with Boise's Children's School. They're studying food and so are we!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fall Photo Gallery 2016

Somehow the magical mobile device Gods sent out an old old post from 2011 titled Happy New Year. While the title is confusing it was fun to wake up to the original "before" photo of our space in my in-box.

The DTFarm space when we began, looking West, Winter 2011.  Thanks again to the Cathedral of the Rockies (FUMC) for their generous trust in Boise High to help tend this piece of land, and all the Boise High teachers and students who've helped over the years..

What a difference 6 years makes as we look forward to the 2017 season. Here are some photos from the 2016 season. Thank you to all that offer their gracious support of our project!

Biology Class get's in on beneficial soil organisms (notice Chloe's gloves!)

 Mulch ladies, Mulch!

Manure for next year's benefit.

Nature matching fashion nail color.

Lily's group harvested kale for our Harvest to Homeless Initiative.

 No caption needed, that smile says it all!

This area was an absolute disaster 1 year ago, now look at that soil, and how easily this team prepped it for next year.

Manure before cover crop planting in Bio.

Performance Task - making time outside count.

Super excited - the living fence has grown in nicely and next year we will add bee boxes to the Apiary.

The space in general is making more sense, a bit of a long view.