Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April Newsletter

April 2009

Springtime has us busy as any organic farmer in the Spring! We enjoyed the sweet weather this weekend and planted our first onions, shallots and leeks. Worked in the garlic and strawberry fields de-mulching to let the little plants say hello to the spring sunshine (and rain). Something, voles?, ate the first pea planting right up. We finished preparing first tomato greenhouse (the heirloom starts look succulent!). We're at the end of the majority of spring planting, and have started storing seeds for next year. Lots of the potatoes are in the ground already!

Some little leeks!

Some little kales!








The first nettles are coming up, which are one of Christy's favorite spring herbs to wildcraft and incorporate into springtime recipes. I also like to dry nettles and store them for later use in herbal teas. Saturday, April 25th: Spring Wildcrafting Walk. 3 pm
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We'll talk about the Ethics of Wildcrafting, learn about the properties of Spring Herbs, identify and harvest nettles, cleavers, dandelion, burdock, and more. Learn about the nourishing and cleansing properties of these common herbs!

Please wear long pants, boots, long sleeves, and bring gloves. Supervised children welcome.



Directions to Echollective Farm 879 Echo Ave. Mechanicsville, IA:

Take the Dodge St (HWY 1) exit off I80 & turn Left / or go north on HWY 1 out of Iowa City.

About 4 miles North of Iowa City turn right onto Morse Rd.

Turn left (north) onto F28. (Actually, you were already on F28 starting atthe Cedar county line.)
F28 will bend to the right (east) and cross the Cedar River.

Take the 2nd left after the river onto Eureka, which is gravel. (The first left was Delta, immediately after the river.)

From Eureka, take the first right onto 200th Street.
From 200th Street, take the first left onto Echo Avenue. We are 1 mile up Echo Avenue, on the left with a blue trailer & a wind turbine, #879 Echo Avenue.

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