Starting to look like a farm

The pallet beds are primed and ready. The seeds have been planted, and the starts started. The fruit trees have been grafted. The landscaping fabric has been laid out. The chicken coop is ripe for the clucking.

Tipping point

After three months, Urban Adamah has reached a tipping point. We are really starting to look like a farm.


All of us as apprentices have gotten to a point where we’re able to take a real leadership role, and this Sunday, we’ll be hosting a work party on the farm from 10am – 1:30pm. The aim is to install our mounded beds, fill up our blue barrels with enough soil and sand to support the growth of Gobo, and to pump out the last of the needed materials for our final block of pallet beds. If you’re free and in the area, I hope you’ll come out!

This past week has been full of seeding and more pallet bed prep. After a day of slicing burlap, Peter and the bags truly became one:

Peter in his burlap tunic

The man is just tenacious. We’ve decided that all our volunteers slicing burlap should be designated wearers of the burlap tunic. It’s fun. Believe me.

Sid and I also got some serious composting done. He and Tali had just gotten back from a passover trip into the deserts of California, and Sid brought back with him all the leftover food from the journey. And when I say all, I mean all. As in six trash barrels full. I was fortunate to escape the juicy process of transferring the food from the truck to the ground, however, I was recruited the next day to scoop the smelly slop into a new compost column Sid fashioned with ease from leftover hardware cloth (the man never ceases to amaze me). It’s probably clear from this photo, but Sid loves compost. A lot. The goopier the better.

The goopier

Lastly, today, I worked with Sid and Tali to lay out some serious landscape fabric, in advance of putting in a series of mounded beds on Sunday. The advantages of mounded beds: 1) they’re easy to set up (i.e. keep adding soil in a mound); 2) extended surface area for planting (a dome shape provides more surface area for planting than a flat raised bed); and 3) a mounded bed creates a variety of microclimates for growing, by providing different levels of shade and moisture retention along the edges of the bed. Not too shabby for a pile of dirt.


Not too shabby at all:

Not too shabby

Mounds of love,

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