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Spring Farm Projects

The farm's going to see a couple big improvement projects happening this spring. We're constructing a storm shelter and building a pond/wetland. These projects will take considerable time and money but they are very important to the continued mission of the farm

February's potluck this Friday!

Mustard Seed Farm is having another potluck Friday, Feb 13 on sustainable living. We will have a roundtable discussion on how we live sustainably in our lives. Celebrate the memory of “Summer” at the Mustard Seed Farm potluck and sustainable living discussion, open to all, 6-8pm at Adam and Bess’ house (211 Howard Ave Ames, IA 50014). In addition to wonderful food and discussion, if all goes well there may also be a bonfire afterward, featuring the writing down and ceremonial burning of regrets.

potluck jan 9

this month's potluck at the Pink Lady house
704 Duff
ames iowa
potluck dinner at 6pm, followed by movie bits and discussion
Friday January 9, 6-8pm. Excerpts from a movie about haiti, labor, fair trade and more

winter events

Mustard Seed Community Farm winter events
Nicholas is back in town this week, after months in New York City working with Habitat for Humanity. Nate and Nicholas and I were working on the farm today, a beautiful sunny, not very windy, cold Iowa day.

Garlic Planting, Leaf Collection, Potluck ! ! !

Greetings Folks!

Mustard Seed Community Farm has 3 big things to relay today; 1) volunteer workday this Sat. Oct. 25, 2) leaf donation request and 3) 1st winter potluck announcement. Hope you can help or join us for one or all of these activities. Thanks, Nate (515-231-2002).

1) Volunteer Day, Sat. Oct. 25th from 9 am to 5 pm.
-Its garlic planting time and we have a huge need for workers to help make it happen. We have a lot of garlic to plant and mulch - its an exciting event. Come for all day, or morning/afternoon. We'll take a break for lunch around 11:30.

This week at the farm

Sep 2 at 1:54 PM

Hey everyone,

Hope you can make it to our last summer potluck and discussion on Friday with Rebekka Brown leading about coexistence of GMO and organic agriculture. It'll be a good one! 6:00 potluck and 7:00 discussion. Rain or shine.

Also, please come work with us from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday (9/6) afternoon!

Would love to see you there.

-Nate 515 231 2002

Mustard Seed Community Farm

366 W Ave

Ames IA 50014

Northeast Boone County, 7 miles west of Story City

2 miles west of R38 on E18, south on W 1/2 mile

Seed Saving Class August 16

Resilient Seed Saving: Re-storing Our Skills and Our Caches
Saturday August 16, 1 to 4 PM

Mustard Seed Community Farm
366 W Ave
Ames, IA 50014

Important note on the location;

Do not trust navigator and internet map sources - it keeps sending folks to the wrong place. mMake sure you are
headed northwest of Ames (about 10 miles north of ames), west of Story City, just south of E-18. Also
note that W Ave does not go through north of Hwy 30 - take Hwy 17 or
R38 north from 30.

Agricultural Arts for Sustainability and Resilience in an unstable time. (3 classes and more)

The Mustard Seed Community Farm is offering 3 classes this summer (in addition to our every Friday potlucks).

3 Practical Classes for building a sustainable lifestyle. 3 Zany and incredibly knowledgeable visiting teachers.

June 14-15 Natural building weekend workshop

Sunday June 29, 15pm Seed-saving 1 day workshop

July 26-27 Permaculture design weekend workshop

Potluck this friday

May 8

in this newsletter: Potluck, Workdays, and Farm Update


The last potluck of our winter season, as its almost summer, will be happening next Friday, May 16, with dinner at 6 PM and a discussion from 7 to 8 PM. This potluck will be in town (ames), at 704 Duff ave. The topic of the discussion shall be: Hindu philosophy and social justice. This will be led by the Hindu student organization at Iowa state. Come join us for good food and conversation. We'll also be coming out with our full summer schedule shortly, when we'll be having a potluck every week at the farm.

3 classes this summer

We will be offering 3 practical and fun classes on the farm this summer. We will be sending (and posting on our website) a more detailed description of the classes and the amazing teachers, but here are the basics so you can get them on your calendar.

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