Farming again!!!

After a little hiatus to NYC for some regular old city fun we are back up on the farm….looks like most of the volunteers took a little break to, as there was so much to do today that was asap important!!

So with Negus Tafari in tow, we got to work….a little planting of our heirloom tomatoes in the greenhouse and giving everything a good watering… Negus was impatient in the pack-n-play so on my back he went.

We then shared the vibrations as we mowed the lawn together…he seems quite interested in the grass spitting out of the mower but eventually the vibrating and walking put him right to sleep!

As he slept away mama set up a cool surprise and put water in his new little shaded pool – thanks Lali! From then on it was smooth sailing as that little cutie loved the water and was content for the next 2 hours solid!

We were joined by mama Sarah and Javier – who had Negus cracking up at the splashing water next to him. This is real farming with kids  – quality stuff here blog followers!! Kids playing and two mamas – and Sarah with one on the way too – commenced to planting some fruit trees! We dug some solid 1’x2’sqft holes for the trees, filled them, watered them and built a protective fence around them. Check it out..

Now this is 3 fruit trees – two apple and a peach – out of 8 total, so we do have 5 more to plant to make our official Healcrest orchard but a good start and we are so excited!

Finally I gave the greenhouse and our remaining trees another water and today was complete! Negus and I then took a little walk around the space to see how everything else is doing and we came upon the first ripe strawberries of the year! Not enough for market, but enough for us!!! Yummy! Soon this patch will be huge though and we will have local, organic strawberries for our customers.

We also have grape vines started at Healcrest, so you can see we are working hard to make it a place of diverse food crops and both savory and sweet and full of flavor and nutrition.

Here is also a look at our luscious and beautifully blooming sage plants. They are smelling tremendous and we will have an abundance of fresh and dried culinary garden sage for sale at market in July…andthat is the rasberry bush behind us – over 7 feet of rasberries getting ready to ripen!!!!

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