Fall is here and the leaves are starting to, well, fall. So what are you going to do with all of them? Why eat them, of course. Well not really, but these leaves are one of your greater allies in building soil fertility to help ensure an awesome growing season come spring. Follow the directions below for a gardening technique that helps build soil, eliminates the need for tilling and greatly reduces the emergence of weeds in the spring.
For the full article, check out this link to Elephant Journal…
With help from Visionary Values, and the many participants on this years Tour de Coops Lyons and Boulder, Tour de Coops now has it’s own website! On this site, tour goers can customize their own tour based on what they want to see on the Tour. Once you get on the site, click on the Lyons or Boulder map. Then, on the right hand side of the page, you can check different preferences based on, for example, the number of chickens that are at a particular coop, whether they have goats, bees, or a garden, or perhaps there’s a particular breed you’ve been dying to see. Once you have selected a map, you can also click on ‘Tiles’, next to the ‘Map’ link, to see a list of all the addresses on the Tour. Information will continue to be added, so stay tuned for more information and photos!
It’s that time of year again, when local food is in abundance and our taste buds are dancing in fresh delight. It’s also a time to embrace the upcoming events celebrating all things local, including the 2nd annual Tour de Coops! There is a Lyons area Tour de Coops on Sunday August 28th from 2-6PM, and a Boulder area Tour de Coops on Sunday September 4th from 2-6PM. These Tours are FREE and open to the public. Click on the link below for downloadable maps for both the Lyons and Boulder area Tours, and please contact Laura@YummyYards.org if you have any questions.
The Tours are happening in conjunction with a number of workshops and speakers coming together during Transition Colorado’s Eat Local Week, which run August 27th through September 4th. Join Michael Shuman, Joel Salatin, and others, for an educational and fun filled week. For more information visit, http://transitioncolorado.org/
Tour de Coops downloadable fliers!
Container gardening is, well, what it sounds like- gardening in containers. When space is limited, you may have to turn to pots to get that fresh, just out the door produce that tastes oh so good. You can scour the Internet or, like I prefer, the gardening section of your local bookstore to find a plethora of ideas, plant combinations, appropriate pot sizes, and more. However, in all of my browsing, I rarely came across solutions for growing fruit trees and shrubs in pots. That was until I received my 2011 catalog from One Green World, an Oregon fruit company offering unique, delicious, and fun varieties of bare root fruit trees, shrubs and vines. I checked out their website and found an article on growing fruit in pots that I just had to share.
Read the short, but sweet, article at the One Green World website, and explore the possibilities for your small, but soon to be delicious, space!
Hello Tour goers!
Click on the link below to see a list of all Tour de Coops participants. Each property has a symbol letting you know the special features of that property- chickens, edible gardens, bee hives and/or miniature dairy goats. The house of Sylvia Bernstein also has an aquaponics system- think growing Tilapia fillets in a greenhouse underneath your hydroponics system. This is a FREE and OPEN tour. Pick the properties that most interest you and visit them between 2 and 5 o’clock this September 4th. Enjoy!
So how exactly does this Tour de Coops Boulder work?
The Tour de Coops Boulder is an open tour that is free to the public, occurring in Boulder County September 4th, 2010, from 2-5 PM. An open tour is one in which there is no specific start or end location. You can find a list of properties on the Tour on the YummyYards website or the Transition Colorado website. The address of each property on the tour is listed, as well as what each property has (chickens, edible gardens, bee hives, miniature dairy goats and/or an aquaponics system). Pick the properties to visit that have the features you are most interested in seeing, or pack in the afternoon and visit them all! The Tour is free and open to anyone and everyone, and families are encouraged to bring their children.
Please contact Laura@YummyYards with any questions, or call 303-908-3054.
Thank you for your interest in the Tour and enjoy!
Egg Layers or Meat Birds
So, it’s a snowy, rainy spring day in Boulder, and the 5-ish week old chicks are confined to my bathroom. With no adult hens to keep them warm, they must stay huddled inside boxes, inside the bathroom, until the temperature warms up (definitely not a free range operation at the moment).
Through all of the excitement of having the chicks this week, I apparently was unable to commit memory space to what breeds they actually are. I picked these five chicks out of about 50 that my friend Betsy had at The Farmette, and their breed names just didn’t stick, and you’ll see why soon (and I was also more concerned with giving them their own names, of course). But, low and behold, Betsy sent over a list of four breeds (this was a bit perplexing, as I thought there were only three breeds there the day I picked tem out). Perhaps when they get older I will have a better chance of identifying what I actually have.
The one thing I do know is that these girls are supposed to be good egg layers. Through this process I learned that there are good egg layers, there are good meat birds, and there are some that fall somewhere in the middle. If you are a vegetarian like myself, you can give them cute names and go with the best breeds for laying delicious eggs. Consequently, those that are best at laying are usually not very tasty on the grill. Alternatively, those that are best for meat are not good layers. The ones in the middle are neither the best egg layers nor tasty on the grill, so you’re usually better going with one or the other. I decided fresh eggs were the way to go (I think the slaughtering process might be a challenge for most vegetarians and meat eaters alike). One breed that I know I have is a New Hampshire. Ok, a standard enough name. Now this second one…I’m not really sure who was involved in the naming process (I’ll have to investigate that), but it is a Black Sex Link. Yes, a Black Sex Link. The two brown ones I have could be either a Partridge Rock or a Brown Leghorn. We’ll have to wait and see.
Until then, I will continue to fatten them up as much as possible and give them a happy little home so that I can act like an overjoyed 5 year old when I find that first egg. Stay tuned!
Thanks to the everything eco and wholesome media outlet elephant journal for bringing up this important, and surprisingly controversial topic. Students should have healthy food options at schools. Period.
“…ask why responsible adults would place children directly in harm’s way in the cafeteria when great care is habitually taken elsewhere on school grounds to avoid danger. Do coaches give kids the choice between playing in the gymnasium and playing in traffic? Do principals put beer kegs next to the water fountains in the school hallways? Do teachers allow teens in English class to read porn magazines in lieu of the classics?”
I went out to the garden the other day and noticed that something else is enjoying my cabbage and kohlrabi besides me. There were holes cut out of the leaves (see photos). Even sections as large as half a leaf or more were ‘missing’. Knowing that slugs enjoy cabbage as much as I do, I employed a trick I remember learning from my mother when I was a child. Slugs also like beer as much as I do.
I promptly filled a few plates with beer and scattered them around the garden. Low and behold, the next morning I found 9 slugs in one plate alone. I happened to use a light beer, but most varieties will work. I also used plates, as opposed to bowls, as these appeared easier for the slugs to climb into.
Usually, when identifying pests, it is possible to spot them with a close eye and some observation. If you see slugs or beetles, you can also pick them off of your plants by hand. You can either throw them away, or keep a bucket with some water nearby. I know this punishment sounds a bit cruel, but it will keep your crops alive (and you away from the produce aisle at the grocery) without the use of harsh chemicals.
Big thanks to Boulder multi-media outlet Elephant Journal for highlighting our piece on healthy school lunches. Thanks Waylon!
Do you know what your kid (or niece, nephew, or neighbor) had for lunch at school this week? Living in what many consider one of the most eco and green towns in the country (yes, Boulder, Colorado), I might expect something involving a salad, a little fresh fruit, Horizon organic milk and a tempeh burger.