Fruit Tree Planting, Community Gardening, and Little Farmers

The summer is off to a great start!  Kelli Tuttle, Certified Arborist, led a workshop about Planting Fruit Trees as part of our Backyard Farming series.  The Community Garden plots are mostly planted and well-watered.  The “little farmers” are enjoying their new play space, complete with big tractors to climb on and little tractors to ride.

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Kelli Tuttle explains the proper depth for planting fruit trees.

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Community Gardeners preparing their plot for planting.

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Kristine Lendved always plants plenty of greens to freeze and enjoy all year long.

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Roman enjoys the pedal tractor!

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After watering the sunflower plants, Asher posed in front of the big tractor.

 

Backyard Farming

11009949_1181001428592865_8443967049697296393_nWe are pleased to announce our series of mini-workshops for 2016:  Backyard Farming!  Each mini-workshop will feature a “community expert” sharing information that you can use in your own backyard and will incorporate hands-on activities to help you learn how to use your new skills.  The series is appropriate for all ages and experience levels and will be offered free of charge.  Refreshments provided.

6/5 Sustainable Farming for the Home Gardener with Katie Hancock

6/12 Planting Fruit Trees with Kelli Tuttle

6/19 Beekeeping with Monte Lewis

6/26 Nature’s Garden Trail with Yulia Welk

7/3 Pastured Poultry: Cornish X Broilers and Pekin Ducks with Farmer Aaron

7/10 Pastured Poultry: Community Coop and mobile hen house with Farmer Aaron

7/17 Community Vineyard with Tom Nigbor

7/24 Let’s Make Hay: Scything with Adrian  Wydeven

7/31 Plein Air Garden Painting with Mimi Crandall

8/7 Native Plant Identification with Sarah Boles

8/14 Composting with Katie Hancock

8/21 Nature’s Garden Trail with Emily Stone

8/28 Vegetable of the Year: Let’s make Dilly Beans!

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The Little Farmers play area will also be open on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 6 pm.

 

Spring Work Days

Thank you to everybody who helped out at our Spring Work Days!  We had one sunny and warm day and one cold and snowy day, both of which were very productive.  We cleared the space around the old barn for the Little Farmers play area, planted five fruit trees in the Community Orchard, planted potatoes in the Growing Together Garden, packaged beans for the Vegetable of the Year campaign, and installed solar electric fencing around the bee hive.  The Community Hoopla to celebrate our new tractor (thanks to you!) was a festive break from the work, as were the two potluck lunches.  It’s going to be a great growing season!

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Garden Plots Available

We have garden plots available for 2016 in both the Community Garden (located at the Cable Community Farm, 13765 Perry Lake Road, Cable) and the Downtown Garden (located behind the Fogarty Medical Clinic and across the street from the Chequamegon Fat Tire office).  The plot sizes and prices are as follows:

Community Garden     10 X 30  ($20)       30 X 30   ($30)

Downtown Garden        4 X 4, raised bed  ($5)     2 X 4, tall raised bed ($5)

To request a plot, download the  2016 Garden Plot Application  and mail it along with your check to the Cable Community Farm, 13765 Perry Lake Road, Cable, WI   54821.

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Help Otis Retire!

“Otis”, our 1939 Ford 9N tractor, is long overdue for retirement!  Oh, we’ll still use Otis for a parade every now and again and maybe to pull a trailer around the farm, but the Cable Community Farm needs a more powerful tractor to keep up with all of the work around the farm.  We’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a new (used) tractor.  You can help by following this link and making an online donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/helpotisretire

We envision a community with abundant access to healthy, affordable food.  Your donation will help us further the mission of our organization and make Cable a better community for all of us!

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What a summer!

It has been an exciting summer at the Cable Community Farm!  We’ve hosted the Drummond School Edventure Club, girl scout groups, 4-H groups, and the Jr. Naturalists from the Cable Natural History Museum.  We’ve grown tons (literally!) of fresh produce, raised chickens and ducks, housed a family of grey foxes, had three terrific interns from Northland College, held classes and workshops, and planted a native plant pollinator garden.  Now we are developing a “Downtown Garden” for residents in downtown Cable.  

Metro Maznio, board member and nature enthusiast, teaches children about bluebirds

Metro Maznio, board member and nature enthusiast, teaches children about bluebirds

25 Community Gardeners had impressive yields of fresh produce!

25 Community Gardeners had impressive yields of fresh produce!

Barb Larson, a volunteer in the Growing Together Garden, harvesting potatoes for the Cable Area Food Shelf

Barb Larson, a volunteer in the Growing Together Garden, harvesting potatoes for the Cable Area Food Shelf

We added a dozen laying hens to the Community Coop and raised Cornish X Broilers and Pekin Ducks for a local source of meat.

We added a dozen laying hens to the Community Coop and raised Cornish X Broilers and Pekin Ducks for a local source of meat.

A family of grey foxes lived under the farmhouse, attracting lots of attention from local wildlife photographers.

A family of grey foxes lived under the farmhouse, attracting lots of attention from local wildlife photographers.

Taylor, Dane, and Rosie, students at Northland College, were our first summer interns.

Taylor, Dane, and Rosie, students at Northland College, were our first summer interns.

Sarah Boles, of Northern Native Plantscapes, led a hands-on workshop to help us install a native plant pollinator garden.

Sarah Boles, of Northern Native Plantscapes, led a hands-on workshop to help us install a native plant pollinator garden.

Kathy Bergin, Caroline Perkins, and Katie Hancock participating in a Food Preservation class.  We made herbed vinegar and vegetable soup!

Kathy Bergin, Caroline Perkins, and Katie Hancock participating in a Food Preservation class. We made herbed vinegar and vegetable soup!

Laura Piehl, Project Director for the Downtown Garden, is looking for gardeners and mentors to provide gardening expertise.

Laura Piehl, Project Director for the Downtown Garden, is looking for gardeners and mentors to provide gardening expertise.