Urban Farm Updates, April 19th, 2018
Fun on the Farm!
Did you know? Cabbage, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Radishes, Celery and Tomatoes all contain higher water content than Watermelon?! Watermelon contains 92% water. Cucumbers, Zucchini, Radishes and Celery are 95% water, Tomatoes are 94% water and cabbage is 93% water! So the next hot summery stretch that comes around, instead of reaching for the traditional hydro-boosting Watermelon, try changing it up by eating a cucumber or some raw celery!
What’s Growing On?
This past week has certainly left myself and a number of other farmers in the upstate scratching our heads, with the incredibly erratic weather. Boiling hot one day, inexplicable frost overnight the next!
In other news, it has been another busy week, here on the Urban Farm! I’ve been putting together all of the last minute details for the Volunteer Work Days on Friday and Saturday! Some awesome volunteers from BASF will be coming to work on the farm tomorrow morning, and another volunteer team from Spartanburg Water will be coming on Saturday! Earth Day weekend is always busy out here on the farm, and this year is no exception! All of the materials are slowly trickling in, for the Hillside Garden and the Mary Black Outside Educational Classroom Pergola that will be installed behind the shed. At each of the footers for the Pergola, we will be planting some grape vines, that will be trained up and over the Pergola as they grow. These grape vines will produce a variety of different size, color and flavored grapes that can be eaten fresh, dried into raisins, processed into Grape Juice, or fermented into wine.
I am so excited for the progress that will be made this weekend, and although this week has already been exhausting, I am getting more and more excited, the closer we get to the weekend! The farm has changed so much, already, this year, with the implementation of fruit trees, a Berry Tunnel and a summer trellis system which is slowly going up throughout the farm. With the help of our dedicated team of volunteers, we will install the Pergola, build and prep the Hillside Garden, and lay fresh mulch on all of the walkways. Since both of my Wofford students will be out of town this weekend, it will be exciting to see their reactions to the dramatic changes, when they return to the farm on Monday. I can’t wait to share all of the progress with you all as well, on next week’s blog post! I will be busy taking photos over the next several days, as sections of the farm transform from unused space, to functioning gardens and seating areas! Such exciting changes and progress for 2018!