To take the very large garden space by our barn and use it as a community building tool, a learning space for homeschool families–children in particular, to do something to help provide fresh, local, chemical-free food for a few families, to have a little fun.
My family just moved into my Grandfather’s house. We lived here for a long time, bought a house in NC and then, almost 6 years to the day, moved back in. Our old garden and sheep/goat folds have been fallow since we moved. Before we moved, we had great success gardening this space but now it’s larger because of the addition of the fold.
When we moved back, we used the area for the horses until Mark and Travis could finish putting up some new fence in the pasture. This means the horses added compost in the forms of manure and hay and then tilled it in with their hooves.
So, as it now lays, we have an almost ready space for our garden.
The Personnel Plan:
I have invited homeschool families from our area to join us but will limit our group to 7 or 8 families for this year.
A few friends who have varying amounts of gardening, personnel management, conflict resolution, environmental activism and scientific training have surfaced to help with the administration. For this year I intend to stick with ‘the de’el I ken,’ if you know what I mean.
We will have one meeting of the Chiefs to hash out technicalities and then will have a meeting for all interested families. We already have 4 committed, so that leaves room for about 4 more. I’m sure some will fall off naturally and from there, we’ll see how many are left. If there are more families than we have room for we will have a hat-draw for the spaces.
The Garden Plan:
Beds using Square Foot gardening principles.
No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Liberal use of compost, hand picking of predators and mulch.
I will update this info as time goes on and our plans become more solid.