An Awesome Chard Sonnet

By Milli Zonarich and Thomas Estabrook

Shall I compare the to a summer chard?
Chard art so yummy and nutrition rich.
It outshines the lesser plants that fill the yard
And casts its regal gleam on every inch.
This leafy green with earthy tone of beet,
Delight of stir fries and of salads,
With vitamins and minerals replete,
It earns it's place in this interns' ballad.
Resplendent colors shimmer in our gaze,
Beholding its chromatic majesty,
All other vegetation sings its praise,
Alas, no such thing can be said for thee.
Don't take offense - thine beauty doth blossom.

Potluck and Meditation tonight!

Hello from Mustard Seed Farm,

We have a potluck we'd love for you all to come to tonight, Friday July 17th, from 6-8 p.m.

Although its a hot July day in Iowa, in the shade and breeze out in the country evening, you can come beat the heat with us.

Tonight's event will feature meditation, both in discussion and practice, led by our intern Thomas Estabrook, who helped start a student meditation group at Grinnell College.

Hope to see you there and apologies for the late notice,


Bakken Oil Pipeline potluck-discussion

Hey Mustard Seed Friends,

Tonight, Friday June 26th, we'll discuss the proposed Bakken oil pipeline though Iowa and Boone/Story County and other pipeline-environmental concerns. Please feel welcome to join us!!!!!

6-7 pm for potluck, 7-8 for discussion, soccer after for anyone with any energy left :).

Best Regards, Nate

Summer POtluck Schedule and plea to help us pick strawberries

in this email:

1. plea for harvest helpers

2. rough draft of a potluck schedule

hi everyone,

potluck tomorrow at the farm

Mustard Seed Friends,

You're all invited to come to our second potluck of the summer tomorrow!

Friday, June 12, 6-8 pm
Potluck from 6-7
Open discussion, social time from 7-8
Soccer afterwards for whoever wishes to join
Due to hectic nature of our season so far this year, we still haven't done our discussion schedule for the summer so we apologize for that and just open this one up to a non-structured format. Just come hang out with us! We'd love to see you.

Thanks, Nate

almost all of this year's interns

This summer we have 4 awesome interns living on the farm, and one awesome intern (Elena) who is spending a lot of days with us but usually sleeping in town. Elena is not in this picture - i'll have to get a picture of everyone together this week.
in this picture, from left to right, Thomas, Zach, Milli, David.

april may pictures of plants growing

It is a super busy time on the farm. Things are growing fast, we've gotten a lot planted, we are harvesting bucketloads of food, and we are still planting more food crops and prairie. I took a bunch of pictures a few weeks ago, but it has been hard to make it to town to post any pictures. a lot has changed since then, but i still thought these were fun to see.

blue false indigo, potato planting, cabbages, onions, garlic, strawberry, chive, sorrel, lovage, etc

see how fast things grow in the spring!

things are growing really fast. here's 2 pictures of me planting our first bed of carrots with the earthway seeder.
in the second picture you can see the lettuces we transplanted.
in the last picture (5/23/15)those lettuces are much bigger, and by the end of this week they will be all eaten up.

this weekend's events - please join us!

-Mustard Seed Farm will be hosting a potluck and concert this Friday 6/5 from 6-8 pm. Come hear Paul Doffing in a Farewell-to-Ames concert. Free and open to anyone. See a description of his music below. We'd love for you to join us! Bring a dish to share. And a lawn chair if you wish. **Please note that the calendar entry for this event is wrongly entered for Saturday**

-Please consider volunteering with us this Saturday 6/6 from 9-5 or a portion thereof for a work day involving sweet potato planting, prairie planting and digging a footing for our storm shelter.

upcoming work days

come help us plant!
2 upcoming work days

workdays may 23: 9-5 planting more trees and warm crops like tomatoes, peppers etc

june 6: 9-5 planting sweet potatoes, prairie plants and more

you too can have this much fun!

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