Let the catching up begin.
It's been a while so I figured that I would start with the most insane of projects and then let the rest of what we've been up to settle in from there.
This is a Google Earth shot of where I teach. To the left of the photo is a large portion of the school's buildings and the tract of land on the right is what I hope the school will let me garden. I'm not sure how many acres in all we're looking at, but I walked it the other day and I gotta say that it's pretty massive.
Currently the area is mowed on a regular basis and sprayed for god knows what. One of my colleagues told me that there is some kind of law against dandelions in our area, so maybe the chemicals are to keep them down (yeah, let's not go there).
This is the field on the lower right corner of the Google Map and...
this is the field on the upper right corner.
This (I know the photo quality is terrible) is a pond-sized puddle that you can actually see in the Google image. If there is enough clay content to the ground I will probably propose that we take a backhoe to this spot and turn it into an actual pond so we can attract some wildlife and keep the amount of water in the area consistent.
My goal is not to plant food from fence to fence, but to create an area focused on wildlife, permaculture, and community garden food production. I'm still trying to figure out what that last one means. The school is dedicated to working with the community (the administration is pretty amazing) but I feel we could do more to teach people about basic sustainability.
Some of the ideas that have been tossed around are:
- grow a meadow (the crosswinds might be conducive to this)
- establish a grove of fruit and nut trees
- try to increase the bird population
- try to increase the beneficial insect population
- dedicate a space for a community garden
It's good to be back. We missed you all.