Archive for October, 2010

Good-bye for now

The season is over!  We have finished with our markets and are making our farm and farm stand winter-ready.

On Monday night, we had a party to celebrate the amazing work the farmers did this season.  It was a chance for the farmers to eat their vegetables (some had still never had one of their own beets!), thank the people that worked so hard to help them, and enjoy each others’ company without dirt on our hands.  The Burundi farmers, little did you know, are also amazing singers, and brought their music and choir to the event creating the perfect atmosphere for a celebration.  It was a great night for everyone who participated.

As for this blog, unless something changes, this will be the last post.  It has been my pleasure to keep you informed and share visuals so that you could follow the farm and farmers through its season.

What next, you say?  Well, keep your ear to the ground, great things are planned for the year to come, many that are still in the making.

For more information please email Njambi Gishuru at njambig@chs-wa.org.

Thanks for following us, and don’t forget to cover-crop your piece of earth for the winter!

Lydia

Burundi Choir

Adelina and the babies

Speaking of the year's highlights

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West Hill Mobile Markets

That’s right!  A mobile market in Seattle.  Thanks to Michele Savelle and Wayne Journee, unincorporated Seattle has a mobile market bringing fresh produce to an area with limited food access.  Fresh N’ Fruity, the name of the stand, partnered with the Refugee Farming Project as a way for our produce to go into the same neighborhoods that some of the farmers live in.  As their project is in its first year, much like ours, it was an experience that we could both learn from.  They learned how to price produce, market, and purchase appropriate quantity.  We learned a different market, how to sell at whole sale prices, and prepare a different kind of order.

Michele and Wayne just finished their second weekend and have already heard the sweet words, “See you next week!”  With our season coming to an end soon, we hope to have one more week working together, but regardless, we have created a relationship that can be carried into next year.

They were located at two different locations.  One was at a large, multicultural housing development, and you can find them inside the Creston Point Apartment complex.  The other is at a busy intersection, a vacant lot at the intersection of 76th and S Renton Ave, across the street from the 7-11.

As the market continues, we all hope to better understand the different cultures that live in the areas so that we can provide the most culturally relevant produce for them to enjoy.