work party!

Many thanks to the folks who came out to the farm for our welcome spring work party!   Welcome spring we did!   I guess that there were about 70 people who stopped by and lent a hand.   An unbelievable amount of work was accomplished.   Here is a short list:

  • 50′ of new blackberry removed.
  • a gazillion native shrubs and 5 cedar trees planted along the creek.
  • 6, 112′ beds were dug in preparation for potato planting.
  • 4 planting beds were double dug in classic deep bed style.
  • 1.5 tons (give or take a little) of rock were removed from the field and carted in the truck to a new home.
  • the truck tire went flat…the truck tire was repaired.
  • a new door was hung in the barn.
  • the barn was prepared for the spring scarlet runner bean crop.
  • we found a killer wheel hoe from ages past buried in the blackberry (and a stirrup hoe).
  • lunch was served to everyone (many thanks to Joanne’s family)

The whole day was finished off by a potluck supper and dance at the Clinton Community center.   It was really magnificent to see all of the people gathered to help us begin our farm and to feel such support from so many people.

 

 

The Farm

SkyRoot Farm is a 20 acre farm on South Whidbey Island. Right now we are watching our starts grow and are patiently waiting for the alder and maple trees to leaf out so that we know spring is on its way. We have periodic work parties and invite you to watch our website (and/or join our e-mail listserve) to know when we are having our workparties. You can read about the events of the recent work party below!  Thanks for reading.

Creek Restoration

Today we had a work party to do some creek restoration. We learned that although many hands don’t make light work, they do get ALOT done. We reclaimed this creek and will soon plant some native plants.

<—Before

The creek runs through alot of the property, so if you missed out today, DON’T PANIC, I’m sure there will be more chances to help out

 

After–>

Chickens!

We just got our first farm animals! 27 baby chicks arrived in the mail monday morning. To Annie’s dismay, I brought them up to the farm, while she has to wait till Wednesday to become better friends with them. Sarah, who was on chicken breed duty, ordered 5 Light Brahmas, 6 Barred Rock, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 6 Rhode Island Red and 3 Araucana. We also received a ‘Free Rare Exotic Chick.’ I don’t quite know what that is going to prove to mean, but boy am I excited to find out! Come see them while they are still young!

-Joanne