Back in from the farms! Look at our harvest.

Well, it turns out that we are probably the worst bloggers in town, probably the state and maybe the entire country! But, on a positive note, we seem to be getting the hang of urban farming. We have been working hard all summer long at our three urban farms in Huntington, WV and we finally have some awesome veggies to show for it. Our first harvest is in the bins!

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Rainy days help bring out the earthworms!

We had fun today looking for earthworms in the garden.  Our project members found over 140 earthworms for our garden beds. We also saw a few other friends in the garden, like this cute little frog hiding in a bush.


Do you see him?

We did manage to also get some work done, planting a few more rows of radishes, carrots, and brocoli.

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We had an awesome 1st day in the garden.

We had a great turnout Monday for our Spring Garden Kick-off.  We spent the day cleaning up the garden, turning the beds over and planting seeds and transplants.  Our Lettuce Grow team members also had a chance to meet new friends and old as we begin our 2017 growing season.

 

We finished just in time for the rain to water our hard work!

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Garden Work Day Success!

We have had a really busy spring growing our seedlings in the Greenhouse. Today was our first work day in the Service Learning Garden. Thanks to everyone who came out today to help move the babies from the greenhouse to the garden. More pictures to come later of our Lettuce Grow Inaugural Garden Work Day.

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Garden Work Day Sucess!

We have had a really busy spring growing our seedlings in the Greenhouse. Today was our first work day in the Service Learning Garden. Thanks to everyone who came out today to help move the babies from the greenhouse to the garden. More pictures to come later of our Lettuce Grow Inaugural Garden Work Day.

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Micro-Green Harvest Day

Preparing to deliver another batch of micro-greens to The Wild Ramp this morning.  Don’t they look delicious? They are!

micro-green harvest

That’s just a small sample of today’s harvest of Collard Mix (Collards, Kale and Others), Spicy Mix (a colorful blend of red and green mustards with various textures) &  Mild Mix (Mizuna, Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi)  micro-greens .  

They are also a super-food, providing lots of nutritious stuff!

Don’t believe us? It’s true.  In a study at The University of
 In a study at The University of Maryland “researchers learned that overall microgreens tend to have higher concentrations of vitamins and carotenoids than the mature plants—many of which fall into the superfood category themselves. Because they are grown from so many types of plant seeds, what specifically they contain varies from plant to plant. Red cabbage microgreens had the greatest concentration of vitamin C—six times more than mature cabbage. It also had 40 times more vitamin E than the bigger plants. Red cabbage, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish microgreens had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin E. Cilantro was the winner when it came to the carotenoids lutein and beta-carotene.

“In general, microgreens contained considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids—about five times greater—than their mature plant counterparts, an indication that microgreens may be worth the trouble of delivering them fresh during their short lives,” said the study.

What does that mean for you? It means more of what you eat your vegetables for. Lutein, for instance, has been found to have an impact on eye health, possibly helping to stave off conditions such as macular degeneration. Beta-carotene may help protect against some cancers. And all the carotenoids are antioxidants, which play a role in maintaining and improving overall health, boosting your immune system and delaying chronic diseases of aging.

If it’s good to eat your vegetables, it’s even better to eat your microgreens.”

Source-http://www.ecowatch.com/why-microgreens-should-be-part-of-your-daily-superfood-diet-1881997999.html.

 

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Spring is finally here!

Time has started to fast forward. Spring has finally arrived and the greenhouse is bursting with our seedlings, all waiting to come out into our community garden network.

Soon we will be working in our outdoor garden spaces, which we are very excited about.  See all that green?



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Mr. C takes on Washington DC

We arrived late last night in Washington DC. Here I am at Union Station. It was crowded and I wasn’t that excited about pulling my suitcase. The ceiling is really pretty.

On the way here, in northern Virginia, I saw this cool red caboose out in the woods. I asked my mom why it was there. She didn’t know…

Virginia was pretty flat compared to West Virginia. And there were some old buildings along the railroad.


Today we will leave Washington DC to head to New England.

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