Urban Farm Updates, December 21st, 2017
Fun on the Farm!
Did you know? There is an herbal out there for just about everything! Most herbal teas have health benefits because of the herbs and spices in them; and when consumed regularly, they can help to promote health and well being, from alleviating symptoms of a cold/flu to calming the stomach. The following 5 teas are made using plants that can grow right here in South Carolina, and each one has its’ own batch of health benefits. Chamomile is a natural antibacterial compound that is good for those trying to kick a cold; it also helps to promote a regular sleep schedule and calm an upset stomach. Lemon Balm has a calming effect and helps to reduce respiratory and digestive problems. Peppermint is a natural anti-inflammatory decongestant, which helps to calm the stomach and reduce swelling and inflammation. Red Clover helps to promote cardiovascular health and helps to reduce menopausal symptoms. Dandelion stimulates digestive health and helps to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
What’s Growing On?
And now, for what will possibly be the shortest Blog post to-date!!
I can’t believe I am writing the last blog before Christmas!! The farm work is finally starting to slow down a little bit and the pace has loosened up, allowing for a little extra time off and for some much needed Holiday vacation time! Our staff went out for a holiday luncheon this afternoon and enjoyed a little staff bonding time, while exchanging our Secret Santa gifts. We really have a pretty awesome crew of staff members right now, and it was a lot of fun to go out to lunch with them, hang out for a little while and get to hear some insane stories of siblings sleep talking and other random family situations! Sorry to all of our siblings, but it is the brother/sister prerogative to tell funny stories when you’re not around!
At the farm, my Microgreens, Carrots, Lettuce, Amaranth, Spinach, Kohlrabi and Peppers are still producing, and I have just started the first of many flats of late winter/spring crops that will be transplanted outside in late January/February. If I can stick with my very packed 2018 planting plan, there will be very little down time for the farm next year, and it will keep my Wofford students and myself hopping! Every row will be going from January through December, so the compost runs and irrigation line/plastic cover replacement is going to have to be quick and efficient! I am excited for the challenge and looking forward to new possibilities!
Looking back at photos from a year ago, only a quarter of the outside rows were occupied in December, there were no raised beds outside and the Greenhouse was undergoing a deep clean. This year, 3/4 of the outside are occupied, all of the garden beds have fresh compost, the Greenhouse is up and running smoothly, there are 7 new raised beds and 5 new Vertical PVC towers installed. The farm is slowly transforming into a productive, educational site where people can participate in the full gardening/agricultural experience!
Merry Christmas to all of our patrons, partners and vendors!! I certainly hope that you have a most wonderful and safe Christmas and New Years! As always, I look forward to sharing more Urban Farm adventures with you again next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Thanks so much! Talk to you all again next week!