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Preparing the Orchards for Spring

Urban Farmer Update: Over the weekend I attended a pruning workshop held by the Marion County Master Gardeners in preparation for work this week in the orchard. It is the season for late winter pruning and all of the trees are ready for a trim. The plums are showing signs of spring with buds about ready to open. A pear tree appears to be ready to bloom too! Read more

Paco’s photos

Paco, who takes care of the landscaping for the entire neighborhood using all-organic methods, enjoys snapping photos when he sees something beautiful (which happens frequently here). This is a shot he took yesterday in the wetlands. Read more

New Planters in the Glasshouses

Paco just built three new planters in the Pringle Creek Glasshouses, andNicole (Urban Farmer) is ready to put them to good use! She will growlettuce greens and herbs for Painters Hall Café and Farm Stand sales in thecommunity. Shangri-La and Leslie Middle School are continuing to use theirbenches in the Conservatory for their gardening programs as well. Read more

Paco’s photos

Paco took a photo of these two little Tree Swallows near the creek this morning. So many birds all around right now -- last week I saw no fewer than 30 Robins all together, between the Pacific Yew and the Fir Grove. Read more

Urban Farmer Certification Class Tour

Last weekend Urban Farmer participants toured several classmates' wonderful home garden spaces, checking out the organic gardening principles discussed in class.Kristi's organized and bountiful tomato operation.Susan's gorgeous peppers (above) and beautiful sunflower/bean trellis (below).Megan and Andrew's pumpkins!Mary and John's incredible food garden, encompassing the former grassy shoulder of the road.It was so neat to see how the garden owners employed the organic gardening principles discussed in class. Thanks to all of our participants who hosted sites and attended our wonderful garden tour!This year's Urban Farmer Certification is, sadly, almost over! If you are interested in signing up for next ... Read more
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