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SLO City Farm Blog: March 14 2015–Student Voices

Farm Manager and Educator Nicki Anderson introduced a new activity to the City Farm School Project when she took over the hands-on segment of Pacific Beach High School’s Agro-Ecology class back in January.  She chooses one student in each class to write their “name, date, and anything you notice after a while walking around the farm.”

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This exercise sharpens students’ observation and reporting skills, sensitizes them to the changes taking place on the farm every day, and provides a record of the efforts they’ve exerted and their eventual outcomes.

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Here are a few recent excerpts:

2-1-15

  • Section 5 has felt covering to kill the weeds
  • Section 6 is where the strawberries are growing
  • Section 4 is where baby lettuce is growing and chard
  • Section 3 is where broccoli is growing
  • Section 2 is where seeds are growing
  • Section 2 is where broccoli, kale, artichokes and spinach is being grown and cabbage

2-3-15

  • We have lettuce growing in the beds in one row
  • We could weed bed A-6
  • New water system in Bed c-5
  • Zones 1 and 2 need to be cleaned up
  • Section A4 has cucumber beetles
  • Section B-3 is full of weeds
  • Section b-5 and C-5 has the cloth to kill the grass that’s growing
  • C-9 has lettuce growing already
  • Kale growing back on C-6

2-5-15

  • Its nice and windy today.
  • Beginning to grow onion seeds
  • Bed A-5 Fava bean seedlings getting bigger
  • Carrots at D-4 are beginning to grow bigger
  • Bed D-6 strawberries, some are beginning to release baby strawberries
  • Cooper planting each onion seed
  • A lot of compost is beginning to decompose
  • This early Purple kale needs to be treasured!
  • Bed A-3 is still showing no signs of growth
  • Weeds at the circular patch are really interesting
  • Heard a cricket at bed D-3 for a few seconds
  • The farming is coming along real well

2/11/15

  • great growth in the fava beans
  • my concern is the transplanted oregano plant because leaves are falling off.
  • artichokes are growing big time
  • broccoli has aphids need to kill them
  • cabbage is growing good
  • There is a lot more cilantro growing. Cilantro also tastes good. The top of the cilantro needs to be cut.

2/13/15

  • It is a nice warm windy day
  • Weeds are spreading out by the lettuce
  • The walkways are now covered
  • The lettuce needs more water
  • David and Jose are cleaning up some of the beds
  • Cooper and Mrs. Wilder are taking care of the cooking
  • Andy, Manny, Santiago and Blue are hoeing
  • Broccoli looks good
  • Sunflower is dead
  • The farm across the road is being watered
  • Our farm is looking good
  • Compost is being made

2-17-15

  • Weeds are everywhere
  • It’s a dark humid day
  • It smells of grass and stuff
  • Theres a cool square of rocks next to the shed
  • The compost pile is full of bugs
  • One of the benches is starting to lose its green paint
  • The lettus looks almost done
  • The spinach looks dead
  • Cool plant growing outside the shed door
  • Strawberries are looking terrible
  • The chard has holes
  • A 1996 military cargo plane is flying above me
  • I found a dried up piece of corn
  • ….

2-19-15

  • B4 peas are growing
  • A1 lettuce leaves are spreading out
  • D3 Beets looking good and radishes
  • C3 lettuces have aphids
  • Garlic grew

3-3-15

  • the hail ruined the strawberries
  • garlic is in the ground for the longest time (they are valuable)
  • you can eat cilantro flowers
  • compost needs air, water and you turn it.  It adds nutrients to the soil
  • Worms are a good thing to add to soil
  • Plants need a lot of nitrogen
  • Mushroom composts have lots of nitrogen
  • Harvesting tricks the plant to keep producing

3-5-15

  • Bugs eat plants overnight
  • Dirt hardens when stepped on, softer soil is better for growth
  • Irrigation system only drips every 12 inches

3-10-15

  • Hula hoe better for shorter weeds
  • Direct seed crops, put directly in the ground
  • Strawberries look dead or dying
  • Electric weed whacker is weak
  • Crickets sound come from the strawberry garden
  • Roots have bacteria on them which give them their nutrients
  • The right amount of nutrients or not enough causes the plants colors to change
  • When planting you don’t want to cover the smallest leaf, but enough so the wind doesn’t blow it over.

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