Volunteers!

Hmm, “volunteers” usually means mushrooms, but in this case it means actual people!

Last weekend we welcomed several folks to the farm to help with various projects. We picked some apples, filled all the holes in the shade structure (yay!), picked some mushrooms, and moved some logs. It was fun to have several folks out at the farm lending their energy and hands and seeing the farm in full swing.

Loading up logs for fruiting:
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Searching for mushrooms:
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Some very happy mushroom “hunters:”
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We got in on the action too, bringing in a couple new tables and a bunch of shelves I secured for us at an auction. That was an adventure!

Here’s a before and after of the south side of the pack shed where we added two new tables and a couple shelves. So much more space for boxes and packaging and so much more room for packaging! It’s a beautiful thing.

 

And here’s a before and after of the north side of the pack shed. It’s hard to capture the beauty of how much more organized this space is. I guess it looks like it’s still a bunch of pallets of boxes and things, but there are many things on the shelves so we can actually find stuff in the pallet piles. I guess you’d have to be here to see.

Speaking of being here, tomorrow, Saturday September 15th is our second “come on out to the farm and help us out” day this month. I’m very excited to say one of our main projects tomorrow will be planting two new cherry trees we just picked up. Out here on the farm it’s not just planting the trees – it’s building fencing around it to keep the deer out too! We still have plenty of apples to pick, some other plants to stick in the ground, and I’m sure mushrooms to pick and logs to move. So come on out any time tomorrow!

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Volunteer Days!

We haven’t had an open house or anything on the farm for quite a while. It’s time for that to change!
We’ll be hosting several volunteer days throughout the month of September. Come on out to the farm for a tour, see what we’re up to, enjoy some sort of mushroom meal, and help us out with some projects.

There is always plenty to do! Some projects we have in mind:

  • some general clean-up
  • weed whipping around the mushrooms logs and other places. If you like weed-whipping, we’ve got lots of places that can use it!
  • fixing the chicken coop roof
  • replacing the shingles on the milk house (which we hope some day will be a little farm store!)
  • moving a shed (aka cabin) from one spot to another spot
  • finishing fixing up the shed so it can be used as a cabin
  • planting a couple fruit trees
  • and there are always logs to move – for those who want to try out our “Farm Fit” log-moving program!

Many hands make light work – and they make the work more fun. If you’d like to join us for a few hours or a day, please let us know! If there is a project that sounds fun to you or if you’re just happy to do anything, let us know that too.

We’ll have the volunteer days on Saturdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

Bonus: if you feel like coming Friday night or staying over Saturday night, we have plenty of room for camping. Bring your camping gear and hope for a clear night for lots of excellent stargazing!