We had our first garden clean up this last weekend (Sunday). There was a lot to do as over the summer the garden was watered, but not weeded! (EEK!). But with some elbow grease and sweat, we got a HUGE chunk of the work completed. Everlasting thanks to the volunteers that came out and busted tush! We had myself and our fearless leader, Susan Hendricks (who came out to work in a dress after the pancake breakfast! WOW! That is dedication.) We had one of our wonderful 8th grade students, Ken Alba (who has been to just about every weekend work party. Also dedicated!). Henrique Fontes also came after he worked helping Hopsing at the pancake breakfast (He said he would stay for a half an hour...but he helped for a couple hours and so much heavy lifting!) And our resident farmers and awesome volunteers: Gilberto Sanchez and Yorlanis Udave who came to tame the guinea grass and vines, moved soil, and trimmed up raised beds. They also gave us so many great ideas, inspiration and future offers of help. All of these folks did so much to get us going the right direction. Thanks to them all.
We have a little more to do to prepare for seeds and starts. Our teachers have signed up to help make up cool signs and do some projects. We have students who have worked hard moving the pile of compost/soil to areas around the garden and raised beds. (not much more to go!) The watering system needs to be reinstalled and as the year rolls on we will be upgrading that to a drip system. YEAH!
Tasks: Continue to weed the beds, Continue to tidy up where the guinea grass has been cut, (guinea grass is an ongoing task)
Next Projects: we are looking to terrace two of the beds to help level out the surface. If anyone has some cinder blocks laying around, we can use some to complete the task. We have construction folks giving us wood scraps to build with (untreated wood, of course). But the blocks would be a more permanent solution. Either with wood or with stone, we are working on it.
The next work party will be on September 27th from 2pm to 5pm. (I will be there most of the day...so if you'd like to join me earlier, you can give me a call to confirm I am working earlier: Nicole Okada: 360-402-0291) We will have some snacks and water to refill bottles. Please bring a water bottle. We are trying to keep it green by using less throw away containers.