A year in the dirt

I am an urban girl who has decided to spend as much time as possible getting my hands dirty reconnecting to the world.

The Salt →
— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#salt  #npr  #what we eat  #food  #stories  #food as culture 
GROW IT: Perpetual Spinach
The name alone gives a good clue that this vigorous leaf is long-lasting. But the name is also misleading, as perpetual spinach is not a spinach at all — it’s actually a member of the beetroot family known as chard. (Chard produces the same leafy tops as beets, but does not form a swollen root.) However, it tastes more like spinach than it does chard. In mild climates, perpetual spinach grows all summer long, over fall and winter, and even through the following spring. It’s a versatile green that should be a staple in everybody’s garden!

Thank you Garden Betty

GROW IT: Perpetual Spinach

The name alone gives a good clue that this vigorous leaf is long-lasting. But the name is also misleading, as perpetual spinach is not a spinach at all — it’s actually a member of the beetroot family known as chard. (Chard produces the same leafy tops as beets, but does not form a swollen root.) However, it tastes more like spinach than it does chard. In mild climates, perpetual spinach grows all summer long, over fall and winter, and even through the following spring. It’s a versatile green that should be a staple in everybody’s garden!

Thank you Garden Betty

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#spinach  #greens  #late summer  #harvest 
Ike, one of the greenhouse cats, takes a well deserved nap in one of the seedling beds. Ike is going a great job keeping the mouse population at reasonable level.

Ike, one of the greenhouse cats, takes a well deserved nap in one of the seedling beds. Ike is going a great job keeping the mouse population at reasonable level.

— 1 month ago
#cat  #barn cat  #greenhouse  #mouser 
Evidence of planting.

Evidence of planting.

— 2 months ago
Recently planted greens in the beds behind the Fresh City Farms greenhouse. 

Recently planted greens in the beds behind the Fresh City Farms greenhouse. 

— 2 months ago with 5 notes
#seedlings  #transplants  #lettuc  #organi  #urban agriculture  #Urban Farm  #food to table  #sustainability 
GROW IT:  ”Aquaponics is a revolutionary food production system that features a symbiotic relationship between fish and crop, where organic fish waste is used as a fertilizer to grow food crops through hydroponic techniques. The plants and their media, in turn, de-nitrify and filter the water, which is then returned to the fish environment to complete a flourishing ecosystem. This phenomenon together with naturally available nitrifying bacteria and compost worms create a naturally abundant food supply system that is sustainable and pure.
Requiring only 10% of the water used by traditional soil based agriculture Aquaponics can sustainably produce food without the need for any enhancing chemical. Aquaponics is an all weather solution that is independent of land quality and continuous water availability. This highly-scalable food system when designed suitably, outputs valuable plant crops as well as freshwater fish and crustaceans.”
- - www.waterfarmers.ca

GROW IT:  ”Aquaponics is a revolutionary food production system that features a symbiotic relationship between fish and crop, where organic fish waste is used as a fertilizer to grow food crops through hydroponic techniques. The plants and their media, in turn, de-nitrify and filter the water, which is then returned to the fish environment to complete a flourishing ecosystem. This phenomenon together with naturally available nitrifying bacteria and compost worms create a naturally abundant food supply system that is sustainable and pure.

Requiring only 10% of the water used by traditional soil based agriculture Aquaponics can sustainably produce food without the need for any enhancing chemical. Aquaponics is an all weather solution that is independent of land quality and continuous water availability. This highly-scalable food system when designed suitably, outputs valuable plant crops as well as freshwater fish and crustaceans.”

- - www.waterfarmers.ca

— 2 months ago with 1 note
#aquaponics  #third table  #seedlings  #basil  #fresh city farms  #urban agricultre 
Beautiful lettuce growing a in the aquaponic beds at the Fresh City Farms greenhouse. This summer I will be participating with the UFEED program where we have be preparing out 5000 sq foot bed to receive seedlings and seed. For the last couple of weeks it has been mostly digging and preparing the soil.

Beautiful lettuce growing a in the aquaponic beds at the Fresh City Farms greenhouse. This summer I will be participating with the UFEED program where we have be preparing out 5000 sq foot bed to receive seedlings and seed. For the last couple of weeks it has been mostly digging and preparing the soil.

— 2 months ago with 2 notes
#fresh city farms  #Urban Farm  #sustainability  #organic  #aquaponics  #growing  #third table  #farm to table 
www.waterfarmers.ca have set up an aquaponic farm fuelled by fish and their poop at the Fresh City Farms greenhouse. See how well the basil is doing? 

www.waterfarmers.ca have set up an aquaponic farm fuelled by fish and their poop at the Fresh City Farms greenhouse. See how well the basil is doing? 

— 2 months ago
#greenhouse  #fresh city farms  #Urban Farm  #sustainability  #third table 
Know when to use seeds vs. starts | Smart Gardener →

smart-gardener:

Not sure if you should start your garden from seeds, or buy plants? Here’s a handy guide to help you make the best decision for your garden!

What will you grow?

http://blog.smartgardener.com/in-the-garden/know-when-to-use-seeds-vs-starts

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/6YnA

— 2 months ago with 39 notes
Second week of farm school today. I spied these little green beauties before heading out to weed and dig beds this morning. Can’t wait until we can get these guys into the ground.

Second week of farm school today. I spied these little green beauties before heading out to weed and dig beds this morning. Can’t wait until we can get these guys into the ground.

— 2 months ago with 3 notes
#Urban Farm  #u feed  #farm school  #community garden  #urban agriculture  #seedlings  #greenhouse 
Salad greens that will soon graduate from the greenhouse to the South Plot. Looking forward to transplanting these tasty beauties.

Salad greens that will soon graduate from the greenhouse to the South Plot. Looking forward to transplanting these tasty beauties.

— 2 months ago
#salad  #greeenhouse  #organic  #seedlings