An almost finished hoop house built mostly by the youth at GRuB! Tearney showing us the plants rotations at Common Ground Honey bee among kale flowers at Common Ground Farm Beet micro greens, radish, and mustard greens along with dill and cilantro to make a wonderful first batch of salad mix! The youth helping with onion transplants. Some were in charge of separating all the onions from one another so they could be spaced properly. Wade (one of the GRuB school teachers) and a student planting the onions. Purple kale transplants and Climina the farm assistant. Jasmine, a farm intern, waters in the broccoli plant starts. Hawthorn Blossoms!! Harvested pink and pearl hawthorn Hawthron infused apple cider vinegar for a healthy heart Cleavers: prolific in growth and very tonifying. Most would consider this plant a weed however it is praised by herbalists for its medicine. Uplifting Spring Oxymel: Sorrel leaf, raspberry sprouts, mint leaf, lemon balm leaf, nettles, mashed cleavers, apple cider vinegar and honey. Tomato plants before being transplanted Tomato plants after being transplanted. Big work day with the help of the youth and all the interns in shaping the raised beds out in the main fields. Applying more soil amendments out in the fields. Transplanting peppers for the annual plant sale 5th grade field trip playing tag games in the grass transplanted basil Transplanted cabbage Transplanted lettuce into 72s These are all the ingredients for potting soil that the youth used to seed winter squash. The finished product of building raised beds with a trellis. These are the ingredients for the field. Applying soil amendments to one of the main fields. Our finished hoop house designed for hardening off plants coming from the greenhouse. Side view of outdoor structure This high tunnel has been receiving many hours of work due to the heavy and persistent rain. We have almost gotten all the weeds removed, harvested the rest of the winter spinach, and are now transplanting radishes, beets, and carrots. Today we set up the drip tape for watering the newly added plants. Close up of some irrigated lettuce Our weekend gathering with The Red Thread Apothecary was focused on the medicinal qualities of flower essences. We spoke about bleeding hearts, where to find them, how to harvest them sustainably, and how to harness their essential power into a water and brandy mixture for consumption.