Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hang a Wreath Sponsor a Greenhouse

This winters project is to build a solar greenhouse! Fundraising, design and construction of the greenhouse will be complete by the end of February ready to start the first seeds: onions, scallions and leeks! Transplants from the greenhouse will be planted in fields at ASS and neighboring farms, including Straight Out of the Ground Farm, Roxbury, NY. A greenhouse at the AS farm includes 9 months of dynamic space use for both Andes Sprouts farm exchange and residency programs goals. Building a greenhouse on the Andes Sprouts farm allows the farm to extend the season, on both ends. Spring time use will include starting seeds for transplanting in the fields after June1st(traditional frost-free day around here). Come September, first frost can happen anytime in the Catskills, so a greenhouse can promote good conditions for frost sensitive plants.
Throughout the summer months the greenhouse turns into a lab for residency artists to develop bio-projects in.

Wreaths are made at the AS farmhouse by visiting farmhands and friends of the farm. Douglass fir, white pine, yellow pine branches were sustainably harvested at local farms supporting this project. Hot peppers are edible and are extremely hot, eat with caution, thai hot(tiny red ones) and limon pepper(habanero variety)

From December 10 thru the New Year
Wreaths will be hanging at
Second Stop Cafe
located on the corner of Lorimer and Ainslie St in Brooklyn,
open m-f 7am to 10pm
open sat+sun 8am-10am
EAT Cafe
located at 124 Meserole Ave. Greenpoint
open wed-fri 9am -10pm
open sate+sun 10am - 10pm

Please stop by and pick up a wreath and support our greenhouse project! Thank You.

photos by Jackie Nguyen

Saturday, October 17, 2009

hot sauce!!

Jalapenos, garlic, vinegar, salt, ball mason jars.... liza burke and erwin karl cooked up 3 gallons of hot hot sauce!

Monday, August 10, 2009

pickling by Chloe Swan

A traditional way to preserve your garden cukes is to pickle them. With a brine (apple cider vinegar, salt and water) that is brought to a boil, pour brine into sterilized jars packed with cucumbers, daikon radish, carrots, garlic, dill, fennel, grape leaves to keep the cukes crunchy.

thanks to Straight Out of the Ground farm for the vegetables.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

drive-in organic mini market

open 24 hrs.
thanks to Alison Wilder for opening the market.

photos from 1,3,4 by Xavier Faltot

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

one acre plowed and limed

jeff waters from new kingston, disked and plowed an acre of the andes hillside. to prepare the soil for next season crops 3 tons of lime was spread(pick-up truck to haul the lime in and tovey with a shovel) and oats cover crop planted.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Garlic Seed Exchange

April 2008 during a trip to Memphis to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, I made a visit to Midtown North community garden where I met Farmer Mary Norman. Midtown North garden is one of five community gardens in Memphis under the direction of GrowMemphis, a collaborative between the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and local communities.
Within 5 minutes of my arrival Mary had me shoveling compost into raised beds. The Midtown North garden serves as a resource garden providing seedlings, fertilizer, compost and seeds for the other four gardens in the city.
Farmer Norman says
"We're trying to bridge the gap between seniors and youth. We want to pass on our wisdom, not only about gardening, but eating right and taking back neighborhoods."

She expressed interest in the garlic we grow and thanks to a bountiful garlic harvest, there was plenty to share with Memphis. ASsociety sent Farmer Mary 200 garlic cloves to get started.

Recycling tires, Midtown North garden planted about 5-6 cloves in each tire and they are on their way to having seed and garlic for market in this upcoming season.