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Spring has Sprung

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

In the past week two more interns have arrived from New Jersey. Yes, New Jersey. That makes four of us.  I think I speak for everyone when I say I am really enjoying the Cucharra Valley, the beautiful views it has to offer, not to mention all of the wonderful folks in town who are always supportive and encouraging. Ashley & Terrence are the names of the two newest members of our family and will be joining us until the end of October.  The wind is still getting in the way of our growing but we are doing the best we can to deal with that.  It is frustrating but in the end it will all be worth...

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Weeks 5 and 6 (at what point should I stop numbering weeks?): steppin’ out

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments


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Weeks 5 and 6 (at what point should I stop numbering weeks?): steppin’ out

These past two weeks brought a lot of firsts: the first farmers market, the first CSA basket pick-up/delivery, the first sheet mulched plots, our first workshop. Since our produce was not ready, we provided our members with local (and sustainably grown) honey, flour, quinoa, potatoes, eggs, and sausage. We searched for local greens, but it turned out not to be realistic with the low temperatures. The good news is: we got a soaking rain, some residents saying they hadn’t seen it rain like that in years. The bad news is: said rain was during the farmers market. However, the vendors brought rain gear and stuck it out, and flocks of people still arrived. I am optimistic...

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Getting into a daily routine

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

So we have been here for about a month and things could not be going any better.  We have experienced some great weather and some not so great weather   but it has been working out for us. We have a lot of plants in the ground and a lot of plant starts that are almost ready to transplant!! Everyone has done such a good job taking care of them! We have been cooking dinner together every night and it is always amazing. In other news, we will be showing Queen of the Sun on Thursday May 16th at 7:00PM in town at the La Veta Library. ALSO, there will be a no-till workshop/workday on Saturday May 11th at 1:00PM in the outdoor space at the La Veta School of Arts.   We...

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the new intern’s first impressions

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Fresh off the plane and spent almost a week living La Veta local as they say round these parts. A beautiful community, a stunning backdrop that you can melt into, the geodesic dome that looks like it’s going to lift off any time soon, sprouting plants promising a bountiful harvest and alpacas & llamas! Life’s pretty complete here I’d say. ...

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Week 4: new intern and cocktail party prep

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments


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Week 4: new intern and cocktail party prep

We welcomed our new intern all the way from the UK this week: Aryo Feldman, joining me, Anna Farb (from Maryland), Kelsey Altmann (from New Jersey), Eleanore Nelson (from New Jersey), and Deanna Riggan (from Tennessee). Technically, Aryo grew up in Jersey, so we are literally a magnet for the Jerseyans. Themes of the week: setting out our first transplants, aphids and sow bugs in the greenhouse, the value of counter hoops, compiling all the local food we could for the cocktail party fund raiser at the end of the week. We pulled out the most heavily aphid-infested plants from the greenhouse and tried to wash off the rest of the aphids. We will plant more beneficial...

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The first three weeks: hoops and snow

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments


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The first three weeks: hoops and snow

In my observations of farming internships like this one, some days tend to go slow, but weeks, without fail, go fast. We, the interns and the board, have seeds planted and broadcasted, seedlings potted into soil blocks, sprouts emerging, low tunnel hoops erected, people excited for harvest, and ideas, so many ideas, about how to grow food successfully here in La Veta. We have written them into our plans and will experiment with different methods; for example, on a snowy day, we seeded indoors by attaching the seeds to a stretch of paper towels using a flour-water mixture and spreading it out on the bed the next day. That area of seeding was more efficient and we got to...

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