Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Produce for Sale!

The farmers of Our Community Farm Project are now selling their all-natural, pesticide/chemical-free produce in Decatur! Come visit The Atlanta Friends Meeting near Decatur High School [Directions]. We sell produce from 11am-12pm on Sundays, except for 11/28 (Thanksgiving). Contact Robin with questions and market availability. So far we have sold arugula, mixed leaf lettuces, spinach, and mustard greens; soon we will be selling winter squash and cooking greens like collards and swiss chard.

Our team comes from Clarkston and St. Mountain to staff the farm stand.

What is our harvesting process? Some plants, like arugula, are pulled up from the field, roots and all. This ensures that the plant stays as fresh as possible. Our lettuce is a cut-and-come-again crop, so we shear off the tops of our lettuce leaving 1/2'' inch above the crown. We harvest everything the preceding day. How about some clean greens? The women have set up a thorough washing system minimize the amount of dirt.

Washing greens.

Weighing and bunching greens

Market Location

Atlanta Friends Meeting http://atlanta.quaker.org/
701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030 [Directions] Phone: +1 404-377-2474

Monday, November 1, 2010

Harvest Festival & Picnic

Thank you to all those who joined us at our first annual (we hope!) Harvest Festival & Picnic. We had a great turnout for our family-friendly event, complete with a picnic lunch, face painting, children's activities, and a kudzu basket market from our friends at Bhutan Baskets. We spent the lovely Saturday afternoon celebrating our hard work, eating delicious food, touring the farm, and of course, taking pleasure in the song and dance performed by the Burundi women. The video below briefly captures their performance, which they created especially to thank everyone for coming out to the farm. They told us that their song is about coming to Atlanta and growing vegetables here.

As a fundraiser, the event was a huge success. We exceeded our fundraising goals, thanks to generous support from the community, which puts us in an excellent position to continue our growing efforts next year.

We will post more pictures from the event soon.