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It’s Just Dirt

It’s as basic as basic can be.

Community Farming

In the middle of May, in Southwest Michigan, it should be warmer than the mid forties with a wind chill somewhere in the thirties. It just should be. On the upside, the sun was shining.

It was my first trip out to our shiny, brand new farm plot. A ten by ten piece of recently tilled dirt. That’s all that’s there, just dirt.

Our Dirt

It wasn’t exactly as I had envisioned it. I wasn’t thinking this would be a nicely pre-groomed, argi-science plot, complete with it’s a own irrigation system and fencing, but…

Apparently our little slice of planting paradise had been even more basic than when I first laid eyes on it. My fellow farmer, Jerry, had already been out to turn it over once (or maybe twice). It did come pre-staked so we would know where the planting boundaries were. I guess it’s possible that they made Jerry do his own staking (I’ll have to ask).

Two “Farmers”.

Two Farmers

Let there be no mistake. This is who is you’re dealing with. That’s me on the left and Jerry on the right. You can tell we’re serious, experienced farmers by the fact that we’re both wearing boat shoes! At least we look good leaning on a rake. He looks a little more seasoned than me, he’s wearing gloves. I think we only have one pair.

Over the next few weeks we’re going to be planting some stuff.

Seed Packages

And, you’re going to get to see it come to life.

We’re farming at a community garden set up by a local church. We’ll be donating a portion of our crop yield (my first farming term!) to the church’s local food bank. The gardens rules prohibit the use of commercial chemical fertilizers. They’re trying to promote organic farming methods, which is fantastic. So, not only will we hopefully be growing lots of good food, but, also food that is good for you and food that can help feed our neighbors.

I can’t wait to see what comes out of our humble plot.

 

Just in case you may have missed one of these other posts, here are some links:

I’m Going To Be A Farmer!

I’m Going To Be A Farmer!

Trust me, it’s not what you’re thinking. Or, maybe it is.

Farm Building

I’ll keep this brief. I’m having dinner and a few cocktails with my friend Jerry the other night. In between flipping a pork tenderloin on the grill and another Miller High Life, he said to me, “Hey, I’ve got this plot at a community farm our church is sponsoring this summer. Interested in farming?”. What kind of a question is that? Of course I am.

The details are a little sketchy at the moment. But, I do know one thing. This summer I’ll be planting, weeding, tending, nurturing and hopefully harvesting my own crops. And, helping out some needy folks at our local food pantry in the process.

More details to follow…