|Posted by scott brodie on April 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM|
Wow, alot has been going on lately at the farm, this bein spring, and all....
The projects have started and continue. In the building department, we have completed the siding on the kids clubhouse (almost) and built the swinging bridge into the clubhouse. Dr Dave is putting the finishing touches on the treehouse...all that is left to do is build the hatch and erect the firepole exit (that is, unless, Ben builds the solar-powered hot tub beneath it)....should be a very kid-friendly zone!
On the Barn, we have finished the Loft and added a cocktail-friendly deck that should accomodate about 10 thirsty farmers at days end. We have almost finished the outdoor kitchen under the north side of the barn where we will cook our communal lunches and be able to host food-friendly gatherings. We also added some much-needed storage in the barn rafters where we will keep stuff like containers and boxes that take up alot of space but still need to be protected from the elements. Ben and scott sided the west side of the barn so now we have only the east side to finish.
Dave did an amazing job tackling the deconstruction of the basement furnace and duct system. Definitely a dirty job, but done with a smile. Evan the WOOFER helped haul out the nasty stuff.
Scott and Peg Smith just finished working on a Grant from Utah Arts and Humanities to host an art program at the farm featuring the amazing Billy and Grace. The program will be for kids of all ages (including adults!) It would start the middle of summer. Keep your fingers crossed...
Brynn just released 4 new colonies of bees into our recently acquired hives (for a total of 6 hives). the weather was windy, but it seems that the little fellers are adjusting just fine to there new home here in the high desert. Some bees will be located on the northwest corner of the house gardens and others will be on the lower garden. The older hives are down by the creek. If you are an allergic type, please bee aware that the farm is buzzin.
Scott and Ben are working on what was going to be a portable shade structure for the chickens, but after some consideration, we think it is going to be a storage shed. It is a prototype for a moveable structure that could have many uses including a hoop house.
Brynn has been busy getting seeds, planning the new layouts for the gardens and planting program, building the soil with our compost and manure and a million other spring-type chores. she has also been sniffing around for summer interns on the ATTRA and WOOFER websites....looks like we will have a solid crew for the summer! Crista Beerling will be joining us from Flagstaff when she graduates from college in May. Dave will stay on for the summer and be helping out with the chickens. Ben landed here a couple of weeks ago from Montana via Durango and is fitting in well with his positive attitude and sense of humor. Evan was with us for a week as a WOOFER and was hard-working and is now at a goat farm in Arizona. Katherine just moved out to prepare for her summer graduate program in Flagstaff...she was a wonderful winter addition to the farm and helped out hugely when she wasn't teaching at the Boulder school. It looks like our old farmer-friend, Tom, from teton Valley will be joining us during planting season in early may as will be a couple from the Pacific Northwest. Long-lost friend Seth (last sighting Dead show Sacramento 1989) may even show up in May. He has been doing urban organic gardens near boulder, Colorado.
Brynn and Constance will be doing garden tours this summer as well as developing the seed-saving program...stay tuned for details...
Looks like we will be doing a self-service market stand for excess veggies as well as eggs...the Boulder Town Council has given us the go-ahead. It will be located at the solar smoothie shak /tiki bar where we sold eggs last summer.
That is all for now, however, I know I left out many goings-on including all the wonderful local folks that have been showing up and helping out....remember...we always have eggs for sale so stop by and check out the new community workshop....Scott