Archive for July, 2010

To Market, To Market

It is high time on the farm and so much going on.  We are going to farmers markets in Seattle and throughout south King County.  Local Somali-Bantu stores are being provided fresh, local vegetables by their own Somali-Bantu community farmers and everyone is really happy about this.  What else do we have on our horizon?

Restaurants!  And catering companies.  Madres Kitchen became the first catering company we are selling to and we are excited about the possibilities to be working with more places like this.  Do you have any suggestions of who to contact?  Would you like to support our community and buy our produce?

For more information, we can drop off samples of our produce and a flier if you would like.  Also, look at the new “Available Produce” page for weekly updated information on what is for sale now and the contact information.

Besides that, here are some photos of a day in preparation for our markets.  Enjoy.

Harvesting Peas for Market in the morning

Everyone helps Clean the Veggies

At the Des Moines Farmers Market

Now easy to Donate

Thanks to the concern and interest of our community, a system is now in place that makes donating easier, to ease the $5000 loss of the farmers from robbery three weeks ago.

People who would like to contribute are welcome to go to the CHS website (http://www.chs-wa.org/ ), which is the larger non-profit that sponsors Burst for Prosperity.  Click on the “Donate Online” button. That will take you to a page where you can fill out your information and your payment method etc. You can specify that the money is to go to the farmers by typing “Support for Burst Refugee Farming Project” in the “Please indicate which campaign you are giving to” box, and the money will go to support both of the farmer communities involved.

In the media section to the right are links to two articles published recently about the farmers’ loss and what is happening in response.  They are available for your reading pleasure!

Farm Stand and More

Let the markets begin!  We are marketing our produce and it looks great.  This last week was a really busy one with lots of learning and lots of running around.  Little things like knowing how many boxes we need, how to harvest new crops, and the importance of one dollar bills were all learned this week.

We opened the farm stand and began to meet the people who have been waiting for it to open.  It has a long history of being opened and many were waiting for it to sell again.  Several people were curious to meet the new farmers on the land and see what we have to sell.

Somali-Bantu 1st day at farmers market, with family invited

Burundi farmers showing off their market's harvest

This week is the second week we sold at Highline Community College.  With tremendous help from Kevin Stanley and his economics classes, the farmers learned how to set up the tables and talk to the customers about their produce and explain who they are.  The second week was more successful as more people on campus looked forward to the market and came prepared with money to spend!

Isha and her sisters selling at Highline Community College