Love was clearly in the Austin air this past week: S.O.’s prepping for Valentine’s, fabulous Galentine’s festivities, roses and chocolate everywhere, the fickle weather gods blessing us with sunshine all week, and tons of gorgeous chard ready to be harvested. This week was so all-around beautiful that even the farm’s wildlife was in good enough spirits to let me get closer than usual. What majestic creatures.
Thursday at the farm we worked on the last of the plant beds, fertilized our crops (shout out to our new fertilizing team leader, Richard Camacho), and harvested yummy chard and herbs. I can’t wait for more to grow as this spring goes on. Check back soon for ideas on how to use these delicious herbs.
Saturday marked the final push to completion for our soil remediation project. We are proud to announce that we are FINISHED! All of our beds (8 beds at 50 feet each) deconstructed, remediated with materials from Geo Growers (Magic Mulch Thunder Garden soil mix, compost, and turkey manure), re-tilled, and re-built. The project commenced in mid-October and has required the efforts of many hard-working volunteers. We’re excited to work towards a fully planted farm again 🙂
After about two weeks of our irrigation system being out of commission, it was exciting to arrive on site to see the system completely repaired. Thank you to the Irrigation Department in UT’s Landscaping services for helping us get everything back up and running!
After the workday, some of the Microfarm staff had an exciting meeting with certified permaculturist Max Silvers at Thunderbird Coffee. We met with him to discuss giving the xeric garden up front a facelift. Don’t wanna give too much away, but we’re excited to be incorporating a variety of medicinal and edible plants! Stay tuned for updates!
Food for thought this week: