Saturday, April 21, 2012

Farmers & Builders in the East and Gardens on Grant in the West

The cooling temperatures and soft rain kept all but diehard gardeners from the Michigan St. garden, where Bob and I stopped to drop off his donation of seven contractor bags full of pine and maple sawdust for composting and shavings to keep walkways from turning to muck and mire.

We ran into Dan who oversees much of the movement of materials and such and he was happy to give us a tour of the Farmers & Builders gardens and coop.

Young chickens and laying hens were all making the quietest of coos and check-check-checks when we climbed up into the coop.
Some came running to see us, while others walked away in a manner quite cool.

Peas waiting to leap up out of the soil and spiral! Lemony and bitter, this sorrel was cork- screwing out of the ground in wild green tufts.
Peckham Street Farm in the Broadway-Fillmore area is on it's way.
When we went to visit today they were churning up the soil and the plot of already tilled soil lay patiently waiting for seedlings.
 Can you imagine the "Watering Hole" as a cafe with an open courtyard. I'm as idealistic as Dan looking at this.
Bob too doesn't see a mess, but rather an opportunity for something to get behind and become passionate about. Seeing how it can be, not how it is.
 The light pours in and so does the admiration. It's a long road yet but one I wouldn't mind traveling along.

Interested in getting involved? Contact Farmers & Builders and see where your talents can do the most good.

Then we went to Gardens on Grant to cover our baby plants as we're expecting a slight accumulation of snow this coming Monday. Bob made these ingenious covers to protect them from snow and the cold. Think of them as miniature greenhouses.
I raked the plots clear of sticks and leaves so that Vince can layer in the compost on each of the plots. They look so fresh, sparkling green and earthy!


  1. I really like having a nosy in other peoples veg patch, even if it is one the other side of the world.