prairie report Nov. '15 from Nate

Native Revegetation; Forbes and Grasses at Mustard Seed Farm
Fall 2015 report; summary and planning

Prairie Restoration.
This effort involves amending existing vegetation in degraded pastures above pond and south of house as well as road ditches. Reseeding has been done for 3 years as well as managed burns and mowing to weaken brome and encourage natives. The pond pasture effort has been complicated by a tree planting of nuts and fruit trees intended to create a food savannah and will eventually transition the area to a more shady type situation.

last harvest saturday 11.14.2015 1-4pm

hello mustard seed friends,

would you like to come out and harvest the last of the things in the field?

Garlic planting day (tomorrow!!!!)

Hey Folks, we're looking for volunteers for . . . .

Garlic Planting Day, Sat Oct 17th, 9-5

Its that time of the season to get next year's garlic in the ground. It seems like we just got done processing this years, but here we are. We'd love to have you join us. Its a very satisfying work day to be involved in, speaking from 6 years of experience, and it should be a sunny day, though very cool in the morning, so dress accordingly. Come whenever you can if you can't make the whole thing and we'll get you rolled into to the fun. Bring home some garlic to eat too!

We'd love to have your leaves!!!!

Mustard Seed is looking for leaves again this fall, to save for mulching potatoes next summer.

Please consider saving your bagged leaves for us. If you can bring them out, wonderful. If not, no problem, we'll pick them up with our pickup as we have time and make trips to town.

Black plastic bags or paper bags are fine. Try to keep pine needles, black walnuts and locust pods out as not great for garden purposes.

Call or text me, Nate, at 515-231-2002 to arrange pickup or delivery. Thank you mulchly!

Cider Pressing and Upcoming Workdays

Hey folks!

Mustard Seed Community Farm has several great opportunities to get involved coming up, activities we could also sure use your help on; Sweet Potato Digging, Cider Pressing and Garlic Planting.

Sweet Potatoes. Help us bring in this year's harvest. This Saturday 9/19, 9am-12pm.
Cider Pressing. Bring apples and containers. A fun time. Sat 9/26 9am-12pm.
Garlic Planting. A big but exciting and satisfying job. Sat 10/17 9am-5pm.

Grateful for, thankful to . .

Hello all,

Thank you!!

a brief thank you written by some of the interns, with a picture of some of the interns, starring sam's sprained ankle.

This is a thank you to everybody who has supported our farm throughout the years. Thanks to you, we've recently built a new pond designed to support our prairie ecosystem, as well as filter agricultural run-off before it reaches squaw creek. We converted the space above our outdoor kitchen into a living area for summer interns, and we've just added a new window to the red shed! In addition to all of these amazing improvements to the farm, we are also tremendously thankful for everything that has been done to keep the farm following its mission of providing good community for all friends of the farm and increasing access to tasty vegetables to people in the vicinity of Ames. See the pictures posted below for a glimpse into the amazing things that your contributions allow us to do!

more pictures are coming soon!

garlic harvest

a few pictures from garlic harvest

pollinator field day

we had a pretty great field day about pollinators this past Saturday.
Will is going to write a blog post about it, and I said I'd post some pictures. his blog isn't written yet, so I'm posting pictures. Will - don't write your own blog, just add your text to this one!
our knowledgeable and interesting presenters:
Ai Wen and Andrew from UNI, Will from our farm team, followed by Alice and Nate

MOO-rality potluck

Join us for our weekly on-farm Mustard Seed potluck on Friday evening. Eating and socializing at 6, and discussion at 7, led by Zach Steckel on the topic of "Morality and Ethics of Food and Beyond." Look forward to seeing you there!


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