So far in 2019, we had onions over winter, the first of our spring harvest and are planted for summer. We are in talks to partner with the Family Resource Center. They will sent us volunteers to learn to grow and in return receive produce. Also, the boy scouts approached us about starting seeds and planting them. People are coming to us because we are becoming known in the community. We are in the planning stages of having a shed built as an Eagle Scout Project.
What challenges did or does your project face?
In 2019, we have survived a harsh winter, a wet and stormy spring, a greenhouse failure with seed starting, and multiple delays in planting. We are also short volunteers for the summer based on the size of our space. We have multiple pest issues.
How are you working to overcome them?
Weather, we try not to work when the soil is too wet. We have our irrigation up and ready for summer watering as needed.
We are talking with the Family Resource Center about partnering to teach people how to grow food and they we receive produce for themselves or the Family Resource Food Pantry.
We are trying to ID pests early for control. We are using row covers on a few crops. We are companion planting for the first time.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Just keep at growing with in your abilities. Keep looking for community partners. Eventually other will notice and be willing to help.