I read this article in the New York Times today. It’s worth spending the two or three minutes reading.
My apologies, now let’s move forward. These pictures are of the kids and I planting their garden, and the beginning day of our CSA. This day we also welcomed two new WWOOF‘ers from Brooklyn (represent) Nora and Will.
Paul adding fresh jam to the sacks for the CSA customers. Did I mention this was day one?
As of present, we just finished week 6 of delivery…maybe that’s where I’ve been.
Today we were supposed to welcome two WWOOF’ers coming from Little Rock area, originally from Japan, Shiori and her friend Kyohei. Unfortunately someone hit her car as they were preparing to leave town. So, we will welcome them on monday instead. In other news, Farmer’s Market take two tomorrow. Paul, the kids and I will b e standing out in GORGEOUS weather hustling. I’m so glad the weather will be nice. Last week, if you read, rained and only a few people showed up. Hopefully the crowds manifest themselves tomorrow. Also, to all of the Mother’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day! I can’t forget to call mine tomorrow, I’ve been so busy, I didn’t even mail a card…I feel bad Mom. I LOVE YOU. It’s because of her that I have a green thumb. What a true inspiration she has been in my life. Shiori, Kyohei, we will see you Monday afternoon. To all of my other WWOOF’ers past, I hope your journeys are going well. Thanks for the post cards ; )
Tomorrow we start the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Farmer’s Market, weather permitting. There is a high chance of rain, but not until 1pm or so…so “they” say. All day today we have been doing chores getting ready for market. I haven’t gone to this farmer’s market before, even as a patron, so I’m not sure what to expect. I’m full of all sorts of apprehension, trying to drown it with a doughnut and blogging.
Last weekend, we hosted the Teen Leadership Corps. The Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) is an academic year certification program in non-profit management sponsored by the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology. Their mission is to provide awareness of global issues while inspiring innovative solutions among youth leaders, connecting them to worldwide opportunities for service and career development. Here are some shots of their service.
There are more from one of the students who took pics. They are trapped on Facebook somewhere, but they are goodies, so I will track those down.
Paul was asked by a professor at the University of Arkansas to give a presentation to his class on Friday. I feel silly not knowing the professor’s name (even though I’ve met him), or what class he teaches. I’m assuming it is a cultural anthropology class, because he showed them the movie Food Inc. and their discussions are focused on agriculture in the industrial age. Paul and Johnathon, (intern), have been working on a presentation for the class. The professor said that on a good day there are 200 students present. In other news, the CSA is comming along swimmingly. We had another “Know your Farmer” meeting at Arsaga’s on Mission and Corssover, giving a presentation to court new clients. This was the second one we’ve held and at each one we had people sign up and pay in full which is awesome. We have been getting a great response with this venture. I guess, like with anything, there are going to be those who are totally on board with the idea, because they believe in it, and there are those who need more convincing…and that’s America for you. BUT, everyone should get on the bus because it’s about to leave!
Today Paul took Franchy to the farmer’s market to meet with Patrice Gros about the hoop house building that will be commencing here in November. Patrice, a fellow Frenchman was excited to know about our new French help. Pleasantries, pleasantries. When Franchy and Paul arrived back on the farm, Beth and I were in the north rows weeding and attempting to make them larger. Franchy stepped in and began pitch forking the ground, while Beth shook the soil from the grass roots. I was a row over returning mulch to the row. Franchy turns to me, and with his French-English says, “Uh, I need, how do you say, uh…” and he lifts his foot which is covered in blood and dirt. “A Band-Aid” I say, “Yes! A Band-Aid, yes.” He replies. “What did you do?” I ask him. He motions that he stuck himself with the pitch fork. “Okay, go back to my house and show your foot to Paul, and he’ll take care of it.” I tell him. After he walked away Beth and I giggled. His first day on the job and he stabs his foot. I think it’s noble of Franchy to travel with the WWOOF program, however, bless his little French heart, I don’t think he has ever worked on a farm before. I sat tonight down at the home with Mrs. Barbara, doing some care giving and told all of the old ladies at dinner about this episode. They all had a good laugh. Hopefully tomorrow will bring less injuries.
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The Farm will be hosting a series of workshops that are all coming up for the Fall season. You don’t have to live here in Northwest Arkansas to attend. Tell your friends!
Paul signed our farm up with an organization called: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or WWOOF. I added the link on the side of the page so you can check out the details. Today, Paul i going to pick up our first WWOOF volunteer, Franchy. Should be interesting. He will work 4-5 hours a day for us, which if it works out will be HUGE! There is so much going on right now. Even though we have had the most awesome volunteer base, there are still chores to be done. With our shift in focus to planting fall crops, there is the issue of pulling out summer crops and prepping those spaces for planting. It is such hard work, I thank my volunteers with my whole heart. And I have a mess of chores for you come tomorrow. Please check out the WWOOF link, it’s a really great organization. I first read about it in Mother Earth News, then was told about it again by a young woman in the organic gardening club on campus. Now, a bite, Franchy will be here today. It’s exciting.