“The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.” – Plato
This past weekend was our first big call to action event at the farm. We asked volunteers to come and help us plant the garden. Hours were spent preparing for the much, anticipated arrival of friends and family. The garden space was plotted on a grid (and re-plotted several times), numbers were figured, labels were made, stakes, string and posts were purchased.
Hours were spent just buying seeds. Local (Michigan), non-GMO and organic (when possible) seeds were scoured through online. Dirt for seeds was researched. Seed trays were compared on Amazon.
Once the seeds arrived, more hours were spent researching germination. Which seeds need germinated when? We sorted through temperatures, sunlight and seed depth.
The seeds were planted and began to grow fast. Before we knew it some had to be transplanted. More time was spent learning which seedlings should be transplanted. How to transplant and into what kind of container. Peat pots were purchased for the astronomical number of tomato seedlings.
Hours were spent gently removing tomato seedlings to plant them in their peat pots. We learned to plant tomatoes DEEP.
A week was spent hardening off the plants until…
Finally it was time to plant the garden and it was a huge success! We had a decent turn out and were able to enjoy some really great food. Pictures to follow down below. Just so you know what you missed, we had Chris (the grillmaster) slow cook some St. Louis style pork ribs on his wood-fired BBQ grill. Paired with the ribs was a seasonal berry salad, grilled asparagus, watermelon, coleslaw and macaroni salad. We all ended the long day with happy hearts and full bellies.
Deepest gratitude and munay to all of those who came to support the first annual planting event. I’m looking forward to many more years to come.