Fall Harvest :: Garden Update

Maranda and I have had a blast during the fall growing season. We have seen a number of our 2013 participants join us for afterschool program during the summer and fall sessions for 2014! This means the students are becoming more familiar with the school gardens, the truck and we’re all learning more about one another as individuals.

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This summer we started our own sweet potato slips with Wild Cats Club participants. We planted the sweet potato plant starts in a new hugelkultur garden bed built on site with youth at King Science & Magnet Technology. In October we harvested the sweet potatoes! (photo 1) While Maranda and I prepare many exciting hands-on activities and art projects, the youth still prefer to harvest ripe produce, herbs and flowers. Students love to take home their production and everyone is learning to share and portion the bounty. Strawberries are a hot commodity, so we decided to start a second strawberry patch for 2015.  (photo 2)

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The garden site with Nothing But Net’s Trailblazers program at Lewis & Clark has also grown. Truck Farm has adopted six large raised garden beds on site and also started three new growing areas for 2015 using a sheet mulching technique.(photos 3 and 4) Again, one strawberry bed isn’t enough! The photos below showcase some of the garden beds and harvest taken home this fall. (photos 5 and 6) The last image is from the herb garden. (photo 7) We will be creating different spice and seasoning packets during the next few weeks for youth to take home for winter break.

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Our newest partner, North Star, has been exciting and full of laughter. (photo 8) We are so grateful to North Star and the Sahler Community Garden for offering us two garden beds this fall.  Starting a garden at the beginning of September can be difficult, but ours has been fruitful.  With a lot of homemade seed tape, the young men of North Star filled two community garden plots with greens and radishes. We decided these vegetables and edible flowers taste better with ranch dressing. (photos 9 and 10) The boys even transplanted some herbs from Truck Farm into a newer garden area for next year.

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Happy Thanksgiving,

Chelsea

Spring!

Hello Friends of Truck Farm Omaha! 
 
Garlic and chives are popping up in the [garden] bed of the truck already.
Maranda and I have been providing STEM education all winter long inside four different Omaha Public Schools.  
Students learned how to raise and harvest fresh greens in a custom built low tunnel at Lewis & Clark Middle School last November.  
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With support from The Pollination Project, we were able to help start a school garden at Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary in South Omaha. 
Photos and video on facebook —> here
 
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Have you met Maranda Allbritten? 
She joined Truck Farm Omaha this past fall as an educator. 
Read more about her on our website. 
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Find us out and about this spring at these community events:
        Earth Day Omaha – April 19th
        NEScience Fest – April 24th & 25th
        Omaha Gives! – May 21st
        (find more on events page on our website)
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Where is Growing Cities?! 
All over the world. 
Dan and Andrew have traveled throughout the country and even to Russia showing their film at various events, schools and film festivals. 
Learn how to host a screening of the film. 
Follow their work and join the movement: www.growingcitiesmovie.com
Want to get involved with Truck Farm Omaha? 
There are many opportunities.
Just ask!
 
Happy Spring! 

Seed Sprinklers! Seed Sprouters! Seed Bombs!

seedbombsTruck Farm Omaha youth are making seed balls out of natural materials. These balls are being spread throughout the community to beautify areas that need some more flowers for pollinators like butterflies, birds & bees.

Did you receive Truck Farm Omaha Seed Sprouters?

Just chuck a Seed Bomb at the earth preferably before it rains! The ball will grow plants (bloomed or harvestable) in about 6 weeks!

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Seeds are protected by clay and worm compost, which also helps absorb moisture. Each bomb covers about one square foot of earth in plants. Please send us before and after photos and we’ll post them on our blog!

Chelsea + Maranda

November!

November!

Brrr! It’s getting colder, but we are still busy working with the soil, planting garlic, making T-shirts and learning about chickens.

Here’s a fun photo of students chasing around one of the City Sprouts hens that we brought for Show & Tell.  She rode quietly in the cab of the truck with us!

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Check out our November harvest!! Arugula, Spinach, Easter Egg Radishes, Swiss Chard & Lettuce. We made a colorful salad, homemade ranch dressing and topped it all off with some yellow broccoli flowers. Mmmm

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With our greenhouse topper, we were able to grow some lettuce from saved seed. We still meet outside for class when the weather permits, but I know I can’t wait to tromp around in the snow and discuss the future of a campus garden at one of our middle school sites! Designing, dreaming and planning will be the themes of our next month of program. Do you know what it takes to plan for and manage a school garden? We will have the answers for you when we’ve learned.

In the meantime, check out this awesome resource from Douglas County: “Starting a School Garden” Toolkit 2012

Chelsea + Dan + Maranda