My hands hurt. This morning I was determined to revamp the ol’ herb bed. It had been neglected and the crab grass, real name escaping me from sun/ wind whipped brain. Anywho, the grass, grew great, and was choking out my herbs, so Grace and I used compost forks and dug the whole thing up and weeded it. We removed all of the plants and replaced them when we were done. I split her away from the other work that was being done in the hoop and beyond by the brothers Jones. I told her, “This will only take us an hour or so.” No one should listen to a word I say…ever. It took forever. And the bed isn’t even that large, twenty feet or less. While we were keeping it real up front, the bros. were in the back planting carrots and kale and laying drip tape. Busy day, I felt so accomplished and to top it off (by midday), Paul made cilantro pesto for lunch! He took it to another level folks by blending it with avocado and adding lime…HEAVEN IN THE MOUTH!!!! Scroll down and get the recipe! I posted it a few days ago. The photo of Grace and I in all our glory is currently being held hostage on her cell phone, but here’s a pic of the bros. working their magic.
We have an endless supply of potatoes in the ground her at Ozark Alternatives, and they’re for SALE (*wink*). Marine, Annie, David and I were digging potatoes, until Annie and David broke for dinner duty. We took a little breather when David brought out some wine, we were pretty much done for after that.
I was really pleased to know that a neighbor of a friend of mine reads my blog. When I saw him recently the first thing to come out of his mouth was how I had a “buy local” sticker on my foreign automobile. The second thing was “You need to update your blog, and with close-ups of all of your hot volunteers!” I’ll try my best Dale, and for the record I think he meant hot, as in it’s hot outside and therefore they are hot…it’s just a guess. Like I had said before, on day one of the CSA we received Nora and Will from Brooklyn. Shiori and Keyohei were here as well. A few days after Will and Nora’s arrival, Hayley also arrived from Albuquerque.
Kyohei and Nora in the hoop harvesting potatoes.
Part of the “Take” before being washed.
Everybody, this is Will. He’s planting cucumber seeds.
Rose kicking butt as always.
A picture courtesy of Isaac.
sweatshirts? Yes, remember I’m behind in posting all of these lovely pictures. Nora ate as many peas as she picked, if not more. You would too, they were AWESOME!
Crew cleaning onions while Oliver just watches.
Kyohei and Isaac cleaning radishes.
You want to know what I love about Jonathan? He’s a thumbs-upper. Those are my kinds of people.
Hayley keeping it real…and forgive me girl if I misspelled your name.
These were some great people and great volunteers. Thank you Will and Nora for bringing Brooklyn to the farm, and to any future Brooklynites who are interested, BRING IT!
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.
Onions and Leeks
Last week a series of thunderstorms rolled through these parts of Arkansas and beyond. Tornadoes touched down further south across several states, the hardest hit being Mississippi and Alabama. Up here, it rained 10″ in 24 hours. The next day more rain fell, causing flash floods in NWA. On the farm, the rain washed down our footpath to our house, which is its natural draining pattern, and washed over my bed which was planted with carrots. It washed over it so much, that eventually cut channels through the bed, washing the soil into the onion bed. We tried to alleviate some of the damage by putting straw bales into the path of the water, but when thousands of gallons are running off of a large roof over a matter of hours, you just can’t compete. We tried, but it did no good. It was interesting talking to some of the farmer’s at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market today, listening to their stories of what the rain washed away. One farmer said it washed his topsoil away. Another mentioned, how his topsoil didn’t leave his property, but that it had washed to the bottom of the hill. That’s something to think about, right. Your dirt. And how important it is. Treat it well.
Paul and I were standing at the windows watching the lightning
Lightning just struck and lit up the sky. You can kind of see how hard it's raining, or maybe it's just blurry
A result of the rain, 2"+ of water inside
This is the rain, day 1
The rain creating a little creek
Flooding the onions
Here is a link to the American Red Cross, to see ways you can help those who were affected by the tornadoes in the south this week.
Yesterday, Sunday April 17th, the family and WWOOF’ers joined in the fun at the World Peace Wetland prairie on the south side of town. It was an OMNI sponsored event and we were asked to put up a little information at a table, which Paul manned and talked to people who wanted to talk about the CSA. It was a lot of fun! There was free food and folk music, the kids went on a wild animal parade walk with Mother Nature. Mother Nature also had story telling in her tent where there were shrines to endangered species. It was very kid friendly and enjoyable
Paul doing a tai chi move along with Eric holding up the display.
Isaac hula hooping
Eric chatting with farm friend Bob Campbell
Jason exploring the World Peace Wetland prairie.
Folks reading some posters outside of Mother Natures tent.
Photo Credit: Isaac Chapracki
Bicycle powered PA system
Dr. Dick Bennett and Mother Nature
Isaac enjoyed all of the sweets offered, again and again!
The wilder side of the wetlands. Photo Credit: Eric Geiken
Photo Credit: Eric Geiken
Photo Credit: Eric Geiken
Photo Credit: Eric Geiken
Kiddos getting masks for the wild animal parade.
Isaac was an arctic fox
Paul listening to Joanna reading a poem about nature.
Wild animal parade.
Me, trying to convince Mother Nature to buy a CSA share, when actually she already has.
This is just one of many fun events coming for Fayetteville over the next two weeks as a part of “Earth Week”. Here is a link to the Eco Passport if you did not pick one up, it has all of the events listed. Hope to see you locals out at some of them!
Yesterday the gang was busy doing farm work and such, but broke for siesta to build a rain catch for the storm that was gong to hit in the evening. Now it isn’t a permanent system, but with the amount of rain forecasted, it was hard to pass up throwing something together to harvest rainwater.
The scene in the yard.
Alex, from York Pennsylvania.
Johnathan and Eric talking logistics.
Working out kinks.
The problem was how to keep it from falling over in the high winds.
E-town surveying the situation.
This is Shannon, also from York PA.
A side note, here are Alex and Shannon together. They left really early this morning. It rained cats and dogs last night, and they stayed in a tent…Hope yous guys (some Penn. speak) stayed dry. Happy trails, thanks for your help!
Today. I was out taking pictures of the “Take” and Rose B. volunteer extraordinaire was sticking her tounge out at me, I missed that but caught her laughing smile.
The “Take”. A little more than 200 gallons of rainwater!!!
A look at the finished project. Cinder blocks helped with weight and stability.
Rose B. and Eric (E-Town) pouring out rainwater out of another barrel to water some seeds just planted.
This is some Arkansas DIY in action!
Some things I’ve been working on.
Strawberries and “Blue Boy” Bachelor Buttons.
That’s ME, and some chives, oregano, mint and the like.
Paul dealing with CSA checks…YES it’s happening!
Garden in my front yard, and the greenhouse.
My art project in the greenhouse. It’s my face cast in plaster, dirt, grass clippings and wheat grass seeds. The mint is for an aromatherapy effect.
It’s growing y’alls.
Here they are! Here are my babies!
Tomatoes, zinnias, calendula, marigolds…
Newer tomato babies.
Zinnias…(I’m so excited about these!!!)
Lavender, leeks, more zinnias, calendula.
We welcomed another WWOOF’er into the fray on Saturday, his name is Jason, he’s from Brooklyn. He has WWOOF’ed abroad, but this is his first tour in the US and we are glad to have him.
This is Eric, he’s from Chicago. He’s been here for a few weeks already. You’re a hard worker Eric! We like you!
The rows still left to dig.
The man, the myth, the legend.
Onions and leeks.
Hoop at large.
Jason. New WWOOF’er. Brooklyn represent!
Eric’s Skylark. It’s not blue, if fact some might call that color black. I have a special place in my heart for Buick Skylarks.