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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mid April Update 2015

Goodness, so much progress already at the Downtown Teaching Farm.  The mild dry weather has been perfect for working in the soil, and we are on schedule with our planting.

Here's a sample of what we've been up to, please feel free to email us downtownteachingfarm@gmail.com if you'd like to join in a work party or as a community gardener...

In Mid March some of us attended the first fruit-tree pruning class at the First Fruits Orchard.  It was a rainy afternoon, and a day well spent!



We also got our planting started as community gardeners in March!


On March 20th the Downtown Teaching Farm helped host the Boise High School Wellness Summit:






After Spring Break a variety of classes have been hard at work getting the garden rows set for planting and the compost situated for the year.  We have a long way to go, but the work has never been so easy, thanks to the advanced planning of our community team - here's what that has looked like - it is so rewarding to bring big groups of students to the farm - thank you to all who have supported us!
















With the rows getting set, strawberries moved, and boxes repaired, we have drafted our planting plans for 2015.  We are shooting for productive crops, weed suppression (using mulch), and companion planting.  There is also talk of adding a bee hive near the orchard, and a weather station on the interior of the farm, as well as some collaborative projects with the Boise Co-Op and the Boise Farmers Market.  We hope to see you at the Downtown Teaching Farm.