Monday, May 12

It's another busy spring at Food Field: we've been harvesting all the leeks and sunchokes that survived the winter plus mega braising greens, salad mix and arugula. Onions and peas are off to a good start, as are tomatoes, carrots, spinach, turnips, beets, potatoes, swiss chard and other greens; our new bees are getting settled in their hive and hens are beginning to brood. We've got much yet to plant and new ground to prepare over the next month. This week we'll put in more fruit trees including some Fuji apples, Asian pears, and our first peach trees. And of course, the bindweed war resumes...

If you happen to find yourself in Seoul, South Korea at the end of May you can hear Alex speak about Food Field and the urban farming movement in Detroit at the 2nd Seoul International Urban Agriculture Conference! Thanks to the Seoul Green Trust and Hanyang University for this invitation. If you happen to find yourself in Detroit at that time, stop by to help Noah plant some sweet potatoes or pull some weeds. (Big thanks as well to many who've volunteered their time this spring including Lauren, Annie, Shelbie, Andy, Evan, Marion, Leslie, Baptiste, Dolly & Sara, Terry & Ellen, Hannah, Erica, Amanda, Andrew, Dylan, Valerie and others.)

We're happy to be working with Srinergy to finish our solar energy system this month and move forward with lots of plans for the year, including a cooler to keep fresh produce and eggs on hand, a farm stand open to the public, regular dining events and weekly outdoor yoga classes! We'll also be able to finally reward some of you who donated toward our aquaponics fundraising campaign last year. Stay tuned for details on these exciting developments.

Now that we're in the busiest time of year (April-December?), Food Field is again looking for regular help: we have one apprentice position open to work 2-3 days a week through the 2014 growing season. A monthly stipend is available; some farming experience strongly preferred. Email for more information and to request an application.

Lastly, don't forget to sign up for your City Commons CSA share for 2014 now that June is in sight. If you can't make it to a weekly pickup, consider Detroit Full Cycle--they'll deliver your box each week by bike and also take away your compost for reuse on the farm!

tomato transplants