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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.

CLASS CONSCIOUS - SATURDAY POTLUCK

Saturday, August 6 Potluck and Roundtable.

5:30-8:00 PM - Please note early start time.

Location is Nate Ryan's farm - 386 W Ave - Just one house south of Mustard Seed Farm- look for signs.

Class Conscious: Class and Classism in American Life Facilitated by Suzanne Zilber

challenging capitalism potluck

Last Friday, Ethan and I (Tristan) hosted a potluck and roundtable conversation about challenging capitalism. I think it was a great success. Here is a copy of the handout/transcript and discussion questions we provided with some useful information about both some problems inherent in the capitalist system and some alternatives. The discussion was very lively! Thank you to all who came out; it is always a pleasure to talk!

Challenging Capitalism: Highlighting Problems and Some Alternatives

last weeks veggies

hi everyone,

i just wanted to give you some more info about some of your veggies that hasn't made it into the newsletter.

u-pick potatoes? and potluck schedule

hi everyone,

upcoming events:
saturday july 23 morning workday - harvesting potatoes, onions, and weeds (optional flower picking) 8am-noon.

Pie Potluck and other upcoming events

Hey folks,

Please join us at the farm for these upcoming events and stay tuned for a few more this summer;

Pie Potluck - this Saturday July 9th 6-8 pm
Maria Bergh, a MSCF intern, will be leading a discussion and demonstration about making pies after a potluck where you can bring any pie savory or sweet to share, or any other dish.

Spiritual Ecology Potluck - Saturday July 23rd 6-8 pm

garlic harvest


Hey Folks, we'll be starting to harvest garlic tomorrow (Saturday the 2nd) at the farm and would love your help if you have the time and inclination. Its a big but interesting job and you won't have to worry about vampires for a while. I realize its the 4th weekend, but still am putting out the word in case. Garlic is always has unpredictable timing but large parts of our planting look more than ready. Its one of our biggest harvests of the season and you will be able to bring some home. 8-12 and/or 1-5 or whenever you can make it.

Hope you can make it! - Nate

also, notice in this picture the difference between the near field and far field. same garlic variety, i think, but just a soil difference. the big garlics grew in a soil with much higher organic matter. this year we are seeing much more dramatic differences between our soils because of this crazy hot dry june and all the stress on the plants.

garlic harvest begins - call for helpers

Hey Folks, we'll be starting to harvest garlic tomorrow (Saturday the 2nd) at the farm and would love your help if you have the time and inclination. Its a big but interesting job and you won't have to worry about vampires for a while. I realize its the 4th weekend, but still am putting out the word in case. Garlic is always has unpredictable timing but large parts of our planting look more than ready. Its one of our biggest harvests of the season and you will be able to bring some home. 8-12 and/or 1-5 or whenever you can make it.

Hope you can make it! - Nate

no more strawberries

the strawberries are over!
in this beautiful picture you can catch a glimpse of the edge of our strawberry bed.
it is getting dry and crispy because we have had no rain in June. a lot of things are struggling, but these flowers look lovely.

july events

UPCOMING EVENTS:

we will be having 2 potlucks with discussion/activities in july: dinner at 6pm, discussion at 7pm. these are both saturdays. the potluck on August 6- we will start a little earlier, 5;30 for dinner, because we have a lot to discuss.

Saturday, July 9 potluck topic: pie making - we're still working out the details of this one, but it should be fun and delicious.

Saturday, july 23 potluck and discussion: Spiritual Ecology led by Alice McGary and the Ames area Franciscan associates

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