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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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cover Crop Delights

We have been experimenting heavily in the past 10 months or so with the use of Cover Crops at the DTFarm.

The basic premise of using Cover Crops essentially involve creating a positive soil ecosystem and plant colony, rather than surrendering to weeds that proliferate quickly even when water is removed. These beautiful and beneficial crops also fix nitrogen, mine minerals from the deep soil layers, and help nourish key soil microbes. Plus, they do this heavy lifting all winter long while we wait for Spring.

Some useful links about Cover Crops:

For the Home Gardener (from Modern Farmer)

From Cornell University

From the Sustainable Agriculture Environmental Research Conference on Cover Crops

More from SARE

From the USDA

Next year's draft of our planting plan, overlaid with winter cover mixes from the students "mix-a-lot" lab!