Dinner: 6 PM
Talk: 7 PM to 8 PM
Location: 704 Duff Ave, Ames, IA
We will have Steve Cassabaum discussing his system of livestock production and the story behind Trinity Farms near Nevada, IA. You can check out their website at http://www.trinityfarmsia.com/
Work from 1 PM to 5 PM
Location: 366 W Ave, Ames, IA (Mustard Seed Community Farm)
We've gotten our deer protection up, so will be planting lots of spring vegetables that the deer are partial to eating: kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, and a lot of onions. We also may be doing some set up of our farm for the season, setting up rainbarrels and other tasks.
Our spring is proceeding somewhat slowly, as it has been quite cold. Luckly not cold enough to completely kill the onions and leeks we've recently planted, but still pretty cold. Nevertheless, we've planted all our potatoes for the season, uncovered our strawberries, and will soon have all our cool-season crops in the ground. We're still doing a lot of work to develop our new land. Some of these projects: We'll be burning our prairie in the coming weeks and have also started at least a thousand prairie plants to transplant into perennial areas of our garden to provide pollinator and predator habitat. We've mapped out the topography of our hillier garden and have built big berms to slow and capture the water running off our farm, and will largely plant our annual beds to also capture more water before it leaves our farm (We're technically out of our drought now (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), but are still reasonably preoccupied with on-farm water storage). We're also doing other things I can't remember.
Spring is being slow, and we are patiently delaying some of our plantings. Unlike some of our farming friends, we've not planted any new crops in the ground yet this season. However, we will be having our first "planting" workdays of the season this Saturday and next. April 5:1-5pm, and April 12: 9am-5pm with a break for a potlucky lunch.
Community Swap and Square DanceSaturday, March 1st, Mustard Seed, along with a few other Ames groups will be putting on a fun event at 130 South Sheldon. The schedule is:5 to 6 PM: Seed swap and giveaway. We've got a bunch of donated vegetable seeds, and know some people will be bringing their saved seed and plant materials. Come learn about saving seed and get seed to start a garden!
Here's our potluck schedule for the coming months. All potlucks are Friday evenings, from 6 to 8 PM, where we share food ideas, and community. Feel free to come and bring a friend!
Feb 21: Movie night: we'll watch a movie on migrant farm workers.
704 Duff Ave, Ames, IA, 50010
March 21: Pinata making workshop.
815 Burnett Ave, Unit 6, Ames, IA 50010
April 18: Diverse livestock production
526 Hayward Ave, Ames, IA 50014
May 16: Hindu philosophy and social justice
366 W Ave, Ames, IA 50014 (our farm's address)
After May 16, we'll continue to have potlucks at the farm (366 W Ave) and they'll happen once a week. Stay tuned for that schedule!
MUSTARD SEED COMMUNITY FARM CSA SHARES AVAILABLE FOR 2014
There's a potluck this friday, December 13th.
at 704 Duff Ave, Ames, IA, 50010
at 6 PM. Following dinner, we'll have a presentation and discussion about Mustard Seed's previous year, and maybe talk a bit about our future.
Feel free to come and bring food!