The Hoophouse is Finished
On Saturday the 5th, Dave, Mike and Dave from CAO came to help us put up the plastic on the hoophouse. Now the house is complete and ready for early spring starts ( or any other winter projects that come up ). It was given a real test Wednesday and Thursday with the wind and snow and came through very well. There are some places that need a couple screws to hold the plastic a little better, but nothing was really damaged. Due to the shape of the hoops, the snow slid neatly off the roof and into piles on the sides without our needing to push it in any way. Now the children can build forts along the sides in the deep snow!
On December 19th there will be a “Compost Cookout” sponsored by the CAO. You can read about the event on the Facebook group site for Wilson Street Urban Farm. It is also advertised on the Buffalo Growing site http://buffalogrowing.org .
“Composting means the controlled decomposition (decay) of organic material such as yard trimmings, kitchen scraps, and wood shavings. Compost helps the soil absorb and retain nutrients and moisture, and protects plants from diseases and pests. Better moisture retention means less watering, allowing you to conserve water and reduce runoff pollution. It mitigates the production of greenhouse gas and diverts waste from landfills”
If you don’t already compost your household waste come and learn some strategies to start (even some methods so efficient and stealthy to defy the detection of Eco-Haters). If you’re already composting, come to share your skills and learn some new ones.
This event is an official work holiday, as well. We’ll be making as many piles of compost as we can for the Wilson St Farm, our East-Side neighbors and friends. Many hands means fast work.
This event includes a hot vegetarian breakfast, but dress warm, folks! It’s December out there.
-boots that can get muddy (if the ground isn’t frozen)
-as many compostables as you can
(it’s a challenge, people. i’m considering prizes)
-foodscraps (veggies only! no meats or cheeses!)
-New York Times (printed with soy-based ink)
-grass clippings/leaf mulches
-shredded cardboard (unbleached, non-glossy)
-if you’re unsure, bring it!
-shovels and tools is you prefer to use your own.
See you all out there!
RSVP with Paula Rosner
Urban Assisted Agriculture Director
Community Action Organization