The Farm Task List

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Once again last weekend, we were gifted with over twenty enthusiastic volunteers on the farm. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of neighbors and those passing by who have been so willing to give of themselves so that the farm might grow and prosper. Many have asked what they would be doing if they come out on a Saturday from 9-12 so we prepared this list of standard tasks to give our volunteers a better idea of what it takes to maintain the space.

Farm at Walker Jones Task List

Bed Maintenance
We have four main production beds that need continual maintenance. This work needs to happen daily and is an important way volunteers can contribute on a regular basis including:
Path Clearing/Maintenance
Watering (moving sprinklers and hand watering fig trees)
Grass cutting (A special job for adults that are willing!)
Weed Wacking (Along fence and sidewalk.)

Harvesting does not happen on the farm all the time, but occasionally their are opportunities to do the following:
Fruit Picking (Squash, Eggplant)
Leaf Picking (Collards, Kale)
Root Picking (Beets)

Farm Support Services
There are key areas that require continual work to ensure soil quality and a strong farm including:
Compost turning
Paper and cardboard collection
Shredding paper and cardboard
Coffee pickup (at out local coffee houses)
Trash pick-up (including along New Jersey Avenue and in the parking lot next to the farm)

Off the Farm
There are also other ways volunteers can contribute without coming to the farm:
Plant contributions (We need more herbs for our herb beds and appreciate the help!)
Grant writing support
Telling your friends (the more volunteers the better!)
Container donations (for harvesting and delivery)

Your work on the farm is appreciated by the staff, administration and students of Walker Jones! Thank you for helping us create and maintain a productive urban farm for District students!


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