2015 On an Urban Farm: The Year in Review

| 1/15/2016 10:51:00 AM

2015 was an interesting year. It began as I left the hospital after a work-related injury in December 2014. I went back to work as a music teacher on January 10, still in a wheelchair with my right arm in a sling.

Progress on the physical health front was slow going and still continues but we did get other things accomplished.

Following advice to start slow and small we took the first steps to building the infrastructure for our urban farm: 1. Purchased a green house for propagation; 2. Planted 45 Lavender Grosso and Lavender Augustifolia plants; 3. Acquired a steam distiller; and 4. Began making hydrosol and other value added products from our lavender plants.

We also ran a booth at a local farmers market combining the lavender products with our seed library that provided 45 families and individuals with vegetable and flower seeds while receiving several packets in return. We worked at building our mobile food preservation business – actual “on site” canning, demonstrations and classes, registered for and got a business license.

A high point of the summer was our visit to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Albany, Oregon. It was a great experience to see all the vendors, and enjoy the demonstrations, workshops and lectures especially with Joel Salatin. An added fun moment was getting an autograph and photo with Joel. It was a great day and I recommend you go to the Fair when it is your area. I am looking forward to going again this year.

Joel and Deanna

As a very dry summer rolled into winter Southwest Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest became extremely wet. The lowest temperature in our area was 24 degrees Fahrenheit with more than 20 inches of rain in December.

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