Archive for April, 2010

Spring Planting on the Farm

It’s the busy and exciting season on the farm!  The lush green grass in the previous photos has been plowed under and made ready for seeding.  The beds have been marked, paths are being made clearer every day under foot step, and this little piece of land is slowly becoming more and more a recognizable farm.

On any given day, there are 8-12 farmers out working on their land.  Twice a week, Bee Cha, our Washington State University Extension Agriculture Mentor, comes out to give priceless support making suggestions and answering questions as the farmers navigate themselves, making decisions and learning this new land and growing climate.  He says the famers are both anxious and excited, happy to be on the farm.

Tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers have been planted in the greenhouse.  Onions, pumpkins, cabbage, bush beans, butternut squash, carrots and zuccini have been direct seeded into the beds.

If that is not keeping everyone busy enough, they are also starting on their irrigation project, finding pipes and sorting through how they will irrigate in the heat of the summer.

****Things we need/ would gladly accept*****

Irrigation equipment/material, including 2″ aluminum or plastic pipes, and drip tape.

A tractor mechanic!  The tractor is broken, and it seems to be the transmission that’s giving us problems.

Thanks for reading!

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Greenhouse Lessons

Green houses need to be made keeping two important things in mind, the direction of the sun, and the direction of the wind.  BOTH are important to understand.

Last Friday a strong wind storm hit the Pacific Northwest,  including our farm.  The greenhouses that the farmers put up the week before were blown down in this first test.  Saturday morning found many of the farmers busy putting it back up.

This was an opportunity for the farmers to brainstorm together and improve their green house, making sure that it is strong for the rest of the season!  It was great to see them taking responsibility and pride in their work.

A Burundi Farmer Experience

SINCE 1972, THEY FLED THEIR COUNTRY BURUNDI TO RWANDA,TANZANIA,RDC/CONGO.

SARATIEL, ONE OF THE BURST FARMERS, SAID:

SINCE 1972,I WENT TO CONGO AND STAY THERE 2 YEARS, THEN TO RWANDA FOR 20 YEARS AND FINALLY TO TANZANIA FOR 13 YEARS. IN ALL THOSE COUNTRIES, I WAS RUNNING FARMING BUSINESS. I NEVER GO TO SCHOOL, BUT USING MY KNOWLEDGES, RUNNING THIS BUSINESS, I WAS ABLE TO FEED MY FAMILY, NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF TROUBLES I WAS IN.THAT IS WHY, LOOK BACK HOW THIS FARMING BUSINESS PROVIDED ME A WAY TO FEED MY FAMILY, IN REFUGEE CAMPS.

I HOPE HERE I CAN DO MORE DIFFERENT.