garlic planting

this is a quite miscellaneous email with lots of topics:

1. garlic planting workday this saturday oct 22
2. garlic for sale
3. wfan presentation at todays sustainable ag colloquiem with alice and elena-
4. any ideas where we can donate lots of kale?
5. looking for a chest freezer
6. and thanks for all your help this season


looking for fall leaves

hi everyone,

we are looking for leaves now to mulch next years garden. if you are raking leaves, give us a call and we will schedule a time with you for us to pick them up. we can use a lot of leaves! they aren't trash - they are a treasure trove of nutrients and minerals that can keep back weeds and conserve soil moisture!

for questions, or to schedule a pick-up, call nate:

thanks so much
alice and the mustard seed farm team

cider pressing


We were given this wonderful old cider press and we want to share it with everyone. in the past people have asked to borrow it, but it is a pain to move and to clean, so we thought we'd just organize a day where everyone can come together and make gallons of cider together.

Seed Saving and Consciousness: events this saturday

This saturday, sept 24, there will be 2 events at Mustard Seed Community Farm
2-4pm SEED SAVING Workshop
Alice will teach this basics of seed saving, focusing on vegetables, with a little bit of herbs, flowers, and prairie plants in the mix. The class will be a combination of lecture and hands on. You will go home with some great charts of recommendations for many vegetable varieties and some prairie (and possibly other) seeds you have collected.

5-7pm, potluck and roundtable discussion
dinner at 5, followed by discussion a 6-ish

seed saving class postponed

we are postponing our seed saving class until saturday september 24th

totally sorry for the late notice of this schedule change!

some of the members of the farm would like to go to the bakken pipeline protest in pilot mound this saturday. it is possible that they will be drilling under the river that day.

we will still have a workday this saturday morning,

and if the weather cooperates,

Creativity with climate change, low crop yields, sharing food, resilience?

Dear members,

This letter is a bit lengthy, but it is worth reading. To preview, these are the main points:
1. it is challenging to grow food during climate change
2. an explanation of our mission and how we share food,
3. due to weird weather, your produce box will contain less normal food, more weirder food.
4. help us share food.

sept 3 potluck - classism intersecting with other oppressions

hi everyone,

VERY IMPORTANT: i miswrote the address for saturdays potluck
THE REAL ADDRESS IS: 801 Crystal St, Ames IA
time: saturday sept 3, 5;30-8pm
potluck dinner followed by workshop:

interactive session will focus on types of classism and ways other forms of oppression intersect with classism. this is session 2 of Suzanne's classism series. it will be different and independent from the last workshop on class (meaning, it's ok if you didn't go to the first one).



- Saturday Sept 3: potluck and workshop about social class and its intersections with other opressions. this event is in the town of Ames at 800 Crystal. 5;30pm-8pm.
- Saturday Sept 10: workday 9-noon, potluck lunch Help transition from summer to fall.
- Sat. Sept 10: seedsaving workshop 1p-2;30pm.
- Saturday Sept 17: workday 9am-noon, digging sweet potatoes.
- Saturday Sept 24: potluck and roundtable discussion at farm. 5-7pm
-Saturday Oct 1: CIDER PRESSING - bring apples to add to the batch, bring jugs to take home cider.

surviving the apocalypse

again, there are some things in your box that didn't make it to the newsletter!

luminescent prairie

written by Ethan Evans, a summer intern, as he leaves the farm

My summer as an intern at mustard seed passed like a storm cloud on the horizon; slow in its coming, the end abruptly looming overhead. It's challenging to write about an experience which has imparted numerous ideas, feelings, interests, and goals in me that I will continue to internalize as I look back on my time here.

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