We were able to complete our shed, thanks to funds collected through Seed Money. This had been something we wanted for several years , but sheds are very expensive. We had hoped to build it in 2016, but the heat arrived before we were ready. Luckily for us, since even with voluntary labor, the costs were more than we had budgeted, but we have a wonderful completed shed. The boy scouts were able to furnish the inside as an eagle scout project.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Our biggest problem in the last year has been protecting our produce from critters. Rabbits, rats, gophers, birds, and insects all want to share our organic produce. We are just getting to the point where our orchard may produce enough to share with the food bank and it was very disappointing when the birds got most of the nectarines and grapes , last year.
How are you working to overcome them?
Everyone is looking at ways to thwart them. We were able to purchase various sizes or organza bags to cover fruit. So far it looks to be working for the most part.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We learned that sheds cost about 1/3 more than we budgeted. We had thought we would have to do it in phases. We were right. But since we didn't start until fall, we were able to use money from both the 2016 and 2017 Seed Money challenges and were able to complete everything at once. We've learned that wine bottle size organza bags can protect grape clusters, but eggplants grow too big for them. Besides rats love the eggplants and they will eat through the bag.