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Newsletter: May 2019

SECOND SATURDAY WORK PARTY MAY 11 9:00-12:00 


Please join us on Saturday to:

  • Create a fenced chicken run for our new hens and rooster

  • Plant new vegetable starts in several newly tilled rows in student garden

  • Separate, dig up and replant artichoke offspring

  • Weed and mulch food forest, field kitchen and along fences

  • Plant seeds in newly refurbished green house


NEXT GENERATION ON THE FARM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS SPRING PLANTING


After many postponements due to weather, this new program, developed by education Coordinator Teresa Tree Lees, got off to a rousing start. City Farm volunteers and farmers hosted 25 first graders from CL Smith Elementary, 50 second graders from Baywood Elementary in Los Osos and 50 first graders from Sinsheimer elementary along with teachers and parents for two-hour visits. Activities included identifying food parts of plants, planting corn and potatoes, harvesting fava beans, visiting chickens, exploring the cob house, touring tenant Javier’s Red Barn Farm and more. 


HERE'S WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING:


"We had an AWESOME time!  Thank you so much for such a fantastic morning. Looking forward to this trip again and will be spreading the good word!” 


“Thank you for the wonderful field trip yesterday. The children had so much fun!”


SOLAR ARRAY INSTALLED AND OPERATIONAL


Kyle Metcalf and his crew finished the installation of a new array of solar panels that will bring the multiple benefits of  renewable energy to City Farm SLO. The panels will permanently cut the substantial electricity costs for irrigation pumping borne by all of our farmers by 50%, will contribute to the City of SLO’s overall Climate Action Plan and will help remind all our students and passersby about what can be done to reduce carbon pollution.

CHICKENS


May Day marked the arrival of long awaited animal members of our farm community. Seven hens and a rooster were welcomed by first graders to the donated chicken coop reconstructed earlier by volunteers. Raised from chicks by Board Member Kayla Rutland, who initiating our first small animal husbandry program, they will provide eggs for the field kitchen, manure for the compost, recycling for the bugs and weeds and delight for our visitors. Plans are in store for a class in backyard poultry husbandry. 

COB HOUSE

Progress goes forward in the construction of a beautiful cob house recently featured in a front page article in New Times. Several members of the Carpenters Union volunteered to build the roof, while most of the rest of the construction materials are supplied by our heavy clay soil and dried grass. Another innovative project championed by Tree Lees, the cob house provides a creative and educational play space for children located amidst the African Crops section of her Our Global Family Children’s garden.




PACIFIC BEACH CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL GARDEN

Students continue coming twice a week to their elective academic credit Farm class at City Farm. A new project is now going forward in addition to their growing, harvesting and cooking activities: developing a business plan for marketing their surplus produce to student families, teachers and visitors at their school.









SPRING PLANTING OF COMMERCIAL CROPS


It’s a late spring and the winter’s rain and cold has compressed and solidified the soil so our subtenants, Javier Magana, Abimael Basurto and Corey Richmond are working harder than ever. As a result of patient and persistent tilling, the ground is becoming friable enough for planting what we all hope will be this summer and fall’s bumper crops.

For the whole story in pictures, check out our Flickr site and/or our Instagram feed.

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