Come join the Urban Farmers once again in our first MeetUp in the new year. We will be meeting in Steve's home and property in Cupertino to help him with a few wintertime projects in preparation for our warmer Spring weather and growing season. We will do some good healthy work, learn and socialize together. Barbara DuMond will be doing a talk about good soil composition, how to improve your soil, a bit about the soil food web, and how to help protect your plants and soil from the drought. After our work we will once again share our company and our delicious food.
Here is an outline of what we hope to accomplish:
1) underlay two raised beds with wire mesh, rock or ceramic tile
2) add manure and organic matter to the soil in the beds
3) work into the soil two garbage-can-sized compost loads and their earthworm residents. There is wire mesh under the beds now, but there are likely holes as underground critters were burrowing in the beds. So I want to dig up the beds, re-position the wire, add stone or tiles (or brick) to complete the varmint barrier, and replace the soil in the beds for planting a winter garden. There is mature kale in the second bed, which could be transplanted into the first bed. And there is mature rosemary in the second bed that could be replanted in either bed. None of the beds has other plants.
If anybody wants red earthworms please bring a container and you are welcome to take some.
I'm more of a gardener than farmer. I prune plants and pull weeds to give me breaks from working on the computer. At our last house, we had a mongo deodar cedar on the south property line, so had no garden space. All we grew were herbs in pots. Before that, we had a place with some garden area, but never got to plant because the roof leaked and we knew we were not going to be there for the summer. Myself, I lived in an apartment complex for two years before that, so I had a 30-40 square foot patio for my potted plants and tiny worm bin. So I am a minimal gardener and not at all a farmer. But I have done hydroponics decades ago, and I'm a practical handyman for building pretty much anything. I've built two greenhouses (one from scratch), one 8,000 gallon water tank (concrete, on the top of a mountain), one three-compartment compost bin, and two water features (see my Google+ page for details). So I have related skills. And I'm sure that I would have lots of good questions to ask.
The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.
Here is what we do:
- We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
- We do some work, exchange ideas and learn something at the same time.
- We bring food from our gardens so we can share with each other the wonderful foods we are raising.
- After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring.
If possible please bring any of these items:
- Bag for collecting harvested food
- Gardening tools- Shovel, trowel, gloves etc..
- wheelbarrow if you have one
- Some food items from your yard to exchange with other member (if you have any)
- Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard/urban farm-- OR -- something that you would like in the future to come from your yard/urban farm."
- If you do not have any of the above then it is OK-- just bring yourself and some good positive energy.
1) A bit of work
As people arrive we will all participate in a group working activity in the hosts location.
2) Demo and instruction
During the work portion we will have a short break out period to present some new material and gain some farming/gardening knowledge. Barbara DuMond will be doing a talk about good soil composition, how to improve your soil, a bit about the soil food web, and how to help protect your plants and soil from the drought.
3) Pot Luck and Socializing
Finally we will all spend some time to socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens. F or this time we are requesting that you please label food items 1) the ingredients (for people with food intolerance's to dairy or other items), 2) whether the dish is vegan or vegetarian, and 3) whether it is organic or GMO-free. Unlabeled food items will be caveat emptor.
During the pot luck we will have time to discuss the following:
- Q & A about gardening/ farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.
- News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.
- Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group.
- Crop Sharing-- Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.