Long Overdue Farm Update

Hey hey hey, hoping everyone had a fun, safe, and patriotic Fourth of July yesterday!

A lot has happened in the past month and a half at the micro farm. For one, Bill came and it rained a lot, which means weeds were growing like crazy and quite a few work days were cancelled, which means these weeds hit like the plague and totally took over everything. It was a crazy jungle. Sadly, Bill’s arrival also hindered some, but thankfully not all, of our harvesting progress. So at this point the micro farm is working on recovering and bringing itself back to model status. In just the past week it’s been almost entirely fixed up, thanks to a huge group of volunteers from Vivint, Inc. I couldn’t believe the transformation when I walked into the farm this morning, so a big shout out goes to Vivint. See for yourself below. It’s looks pretty great, no?

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Another development that’s super exciting is that the guineas had babies! This is great for us not only because they are cute, but also because they are really helping keep the bugs under control around the farm. They’ve been more elusive than usual, so it’s hard to say how many babies there are. Here’s one below-the small, gray one.

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A babe exploring
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Little bebe with his mothers
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Guinea Crossing


Hey so you should consider becoming a team leader because we have several positions open now. The available teams are Compost, Design and Build, Fertilizing, Pest Control, and Resource Recovery. If any of these interest you please let us know! It’s a wonderful way to get outside, get your body moving, give back to the community and earth, get some volunteer experience, and meet interesting new people. Plus, you get to hang out with the coolest people at UT *cough, cough* But seriously, it’s great. So do it.

The micro farm is a colorful place to be!
The micro farm is a colorful place to be!

And here is a list of everything being harvested at the micro farm now:

  • Eggplant
  • Armenian Cucumbers
  • Red Malibar Spinach
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chocolate Bell Peppers
  • Jalepeño Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Butternut Squash
  • Purple Hull Peas
  • Baby Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Mint
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Eggplant
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Okra
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Okra
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Purple Hull Peas
Bell Peppers
Bell Peppers
Figs
Figs

Soon we’ll be adding a new component to the website: a photo blog. It will have photos of everything we’re currently harvesting and information about that plant, vegetable, or fruit. It will be a nice resource to stay up to date with what we have. Stay tuned!

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And as always, we hope to see you soon at work days [Wed. 5-8, Sun 9-12]. Have a lovely week!

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