Things are going well in the garden. As of our produce measurement on June 20, 2017 we have shared 1,250 pounds of fresh produce with our community; 300 of those lbs were from 50 dozen eggs from TUC.
Four weeks ago we purchased three Nigerian dwarf goats. They are very well behaved, and seem to be thriving (as indicated by their poops, demeanor, and physique).
Last week we moved the livestock pen to provide cleaner space for the animals. If anyone is interested in helping raise the netting and anchor a few extra posts, let us know. We’d love an extra hand.
Not only are we growing (and teaching people how to grow) food, we are also helping people launch agricultural businesses. We have 3 agripreneurs working on our property this summer: Fishgate recently sold around 1,500 tilapia to Inspired By Nature Farm. You can find Herbaceous Ltd. peddling herbs at the Perrysburg Farmers Market. Lastly, you can find Grant Rockwell working his field in the back of the property and selling his veggies to various families and restaurants around town. Here’s a photo of his “tiny farm”.
As originally outlined in our 2017 garden plan, our vertical garden is nearly rebuilt inside the hops trellis area where we have much confidence its yield will increase from last year, in spite of the fact it won’t be fully planted until the first week of July. We’re behind on a few projects and ahead in some others. If there’s anything you’d ever like to help make happen, feel free to drop a line to our new 2017-2018 AmeriCorps VISTA member and volunteer coordinator: Jennifer Green. We have an incredible amount of additional support this year: four AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates; three AmeriCorps VISTA members in year-long positions; two community health summer interns from UTCOM; three CITE (Community Integration and Training for Employment) workers; and 50+ families gardening in community plots through the tireless work of Kelly Hanna.