Fall has been very busy at the Conservation Farm. With the help of friends and volunteers from the community, the apprentices harvested thousands of pounds of seed from the farm, and hosted the straw bale workshops and harvest festival. Native Seeds/SEARCH loved working with the 2013 farm apprentices and are happy to call Danielle, Matt, Pablo, Travis, and Francesca life-long friends.
Spring wildflower season is one of the desert’s most colorful periods. But planning for those multicolored displays in the spring requires planning in the Fall. The prime time to plant spring flowers in the low desert areas of southern Arizona is during late September through early December. Most spring blooming wildflowers benefit from the cold temperatures of winter and begin their life cycle when the winter rains come.
As part of their Native Seeds/SEARCH experience, the 2013 farm apprentices have been learning about the bounty of the Sonoran Desert. In early July, Francesca, Matt and Travis took part in a Saguaro cactus fruit harvesting trip, the efforts of which are being enjoyed as part of smoothies, on top of breakfast and as a snack in between weeding sessions. Here apprentice Danielle shares a few of their favorite recipes.
By Chris Schmidt, Director of Conservation
Every region of the world requires unique solutions to building and sustaining its own system for seed security, but practices that work well in one context can often be informative in others. With such cross-pollination of ideas in mind, I recently had the great fortune to visit the stunning nation of Nepal to exchange experiences with farmers, community seed bank members, and staff of local and international NGOs.
The News from the Conservation Farm Blog posts are written by the 2013 farm apprentices Danielle, Matt, Pablo, Travis, and Francesca.
Since the last update from the Conservation farm, the apprentices have been very busy with the arrival of the monsoon season in Patagonia. It’s been amazing to watch new seedlings spring up in a matter of hours of rain falling. Volunteer beans have even germinated in our kitchen after it got flooded! The corn and sunflower plants have really grown noticeably and the grass is beginning to turn lime green.