Friday, June 26, 2009

Urban Farming

Excuse my absence friends... sometimes you just have writer's block and are generally uninspired, right?

Moving on. As part of our church's "Just Food" ministry, an urban vegetable garden has been installed in our back yard. Some friends, TK, and I have spent several weeks installing and caring for this living beast. Over a weekend, we leveled the ground, built raised beds, filled in soil, and planted a wide variety of veggies. The past weeks have been filled with rain, sun, and plant care. It's been amazing to see the garden come to life in such a short span of time.

We've planted herbs, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, beans, kale, broccoli, and more.

It's been about a month since we started planting and look at all the growth! While I haven't enjoyed the rainy weather we've experienced over the last few weeks, our plants are drinking it right up. It's amazing to watch as the sun does it's wonder on the earth. I'm particularly intrigued by broccoli. When you're used to getting food in a plastic bag from the grocery store, there's something magical about cultivating it with your own two hands and watching it become something from nothing.

12 comments:

RosaMarĂ­a said...

wow!!! that is an amazing "urban farm!!!! enjoy!!

Alissa said...

Amazing!! This is inspiring me to get my butt in gear and start a garden of my own!!

kikiverde said...

I think your urban farm is great! I think if you can grown your own food- whether it's a huge garden, raised bed, or containers, you should. There's definitely something magical about watching your plants grow. I know I have more appreciation for where my food comes from since I've started growing some of my own!

Angie said...

lookin good! that reminds me I should weed my garden :-)

Noodles said...

That's so cool! My church (Lake View Presbyterian) is doing an organic garden up in Ravenswood. I'm not involved, but I hear they're having a TON of fun!! Yay dirt! Yay veggies! Yay making things grow!

Quilter said...

Sarah that is so cool! What an interesting project idea too, has your church done this before? It sounds like a neat idea! No wonder we haven't heard from you in a while, that is one large veggie patch! Sam xox

amylouwho said...

OH i Love gardening! surprised, my twin?

I think it's marvelous to watch a little miracle happen so slowly every summer and the satisfaction that comes with eating whatever it is you had your hand in helping grow!

Your garden looks wonderful!

affectioknit said...

Looks like an amazing garden!

Sara said...

Looks great! I love having a garden, and mine is doing well too! Its so wonderful to eat fresh grown veggies!

Jessica said...

I'm all jealous of those beds--they look great!

Mal* (turning*turning) said...

You know, gardening is such an act of creation that it always inspires me. Lovely photos and nice to hear from you.

iknitipurl said...

I'm quite jealous. I would love to be able to grow our own fruits and veggies...One day when I have a big patch of land huh?