Monday, November 29, 2010

Seattle Community Farm Construction Complete!

The grading, terracing, and other construction of the Seattle Community Farm has been completed! It is now in our hands to grow this wonderful project. The Apple Corps Americorps team was the first to step up to the challenge joining me for a work party on November 19th (less than a day after the construction crews were finished.) We started the process of getting the farm ready for winter with mulching and digging the foundation for a critical retaining wall.
Apple Corps folks cleaning up after a hard days work

The following day Saturday November 20th we had a wonderful group of folks come out to continue the work of mulching the bare soil and building a retaining wall around what will soon be our tool shed. Fortunately the day was sunny and clear despite a forecast of snow and everyone was in good spirits as we moved thousands of pounds of concrete blocks to build the wall.
Leveling the first layer of the wall

Hard working volunteers building the wall and installing a drain behind it

14,000 lbs of material moving later the wall is nearly finished

The farm was quiet on Monday morning the 22nd of November as the snow was coming down. Much of the soil has been mulched and is ready for winter, not a minute too soon.
The Farm under snow
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who came out and put in a lot of hard work in very cold temperatures!

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