Posted by: Zoe Noel-Trapani
Soil. Shovel. Snap. Lift. Dump. The feeling of the wooden handle against my skin, sifting through the soil for potatoes, getting dirt underneath my fingernails…. There’s nothing like it! This is what I experienced everyday: the joy of getting to make the earth new, while gaining an understanding of food and culture that went beyond what I could have imagined. I found beauty in learning about different cultures and practicing Jesus’ love in real tangible ways. Continue reading “Thursday, August 30”
Welcome. That is a word we all desire to hear. When we walk into someone’s home for the first time, one of our first impressions is whether or not we feel welcome in the space. Do I feel safe here? Is this a space where I feel wanted? On 5 Loaves Farm we desire to create a space where all feel welcome. We strive to host an environment where people feel that they can come, enjoy the space, and be surrounded by good food and good people.
New potatoes are the smaller potatoes that are harvested early in the summer season, or the smaller underdeveloped potatoes that didn’t have time to grow to full size before harvest. Though small in size they can be big on taste, especially when cooked into salt potatoes.
Finding sustainable and safe ways to deal with pests is one of the organic farmer’s biggest challenges.
This year flea beetles, a small insect that feeds on the brassica (cabbage/mustard) family, have wreaked havoc on our crops. They feed most during hot spring and summer days, and the hot dry weather we’ve had has provided an ideal environment for them to thrive. Our mustard greens, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, kale, arugula have all been decimated by these tiny pests, seriously impacting our ability to bring these crops to market.
How we approach this problem and its implications, highlight some of the key concepts of organic farming and key differences from conventional farming… Continue reading “Thursday, August 9”
5 Loaves Farm first started as an after school program with a garden. Over the years the gardens have grown considerably; along with that growth, our involvement with youth from our community has grown as well, and remains a central part of what we do here… Continue reading “Thursday, August 2”
From added youth workers, to visiting volunteer groups, community organizations, and committed volunteers from our community, the 5 Loaves Farm staff has received a lot of support lately, and the farm shows it… Continue reading “Thursday, July 26”