1st workshop of the year!

IMG_6634New Roots will be hosting our first workshop of the year installing a backyard garden! We bring the labor, tools, and potentially some seeds and starts, you bring the compost and soil, and we make it happen. Grow food this year! You can do it! Andrea Hughes is extremely happy with her backyard garden. Feel free to ask her :) email us newrootsurbanfarm@gmail.com if you are interested. The closer you live to us the better your chance we’ll choose you.

CSA Shares Available!

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We will be offering a few CSA shares of organically grown local food this year. Preference will be given to those that live in or close to the 63106 zip code. It will run from June 1 to October 31. Cost will be $550. Contact newrootsurbanfarm@gmail.com

Harvest Party Potluck

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We have had a bountiful year and the harvest is plenty, and we would love for you to feast and celebrate with us. We will be having a Potluck at 5:30, on Saturday October 26th (our address is 1832 Hogan). Please come and please pass the word on to others you know would want to come! We don’t have everyone’s email or Facebook but we want them all to be welcome!

Farmers’ Market TOMORROW

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Farmers' Market TOMORROW

I’m excited about our first market day at the North City Farmers’ Market TOMORROW! Today we harvested collards, swiss chard, mustard greens, radishes, onions (the picture is of some onion seed we’ll be saving to plant later), bok choi, lettuce, and more as it sprinkled down. I’ll be picking herbs in the morning to take, also. Looking forward to this new season, and I’ll see you there at the market! -Ashleigh

P.S. More info on the market here

Soap Making Workshop

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Soap Making Workshop

This only happens about once a year so clear your calendars for this year’s Soap Making Workshop!! Always one of our most popular workshops, our collective members will lead you through the process of making your own soap using some herbs from the farm- you can even take a bar home with you! Because we do have to order supplies at a cost to the farm, we are asking for a $5 donations towards the materials used in the workshop. We’ll have a tour of the farm starting at 1:00, and the soap workshop will start at 1:30. See you at the farm (1832 Hogan)!

Strawberries

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Strawberries

So many delicious strawberries! So delicious, in fact, that the pillbugs, millipedes, and ants have been after our strawberries, too! To prevent this from happening as often, we’ve been picking the strawberries nearly everyday to they’re not sitting as long, which decreases the chances of these little arthropods from getting to our berries! We’ve also been picking off already eaten berries and throwing them away from the bed, first making sure that the plant is not putting energy into these berries, and secondly making sure that we get those strawberries with bugs in them away from our growing patch. Picking strawberries is pretty labor intensive (especially if we’re doing it so frequently!), but it’s also kindof a fun little treasure hunt, and you get to eat a sweet loot afterwards!

SLUG ATTACK.

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SLUG ATTACK.

Daniel and I went out a few nights ago on slug duty because they were chompin away at our greens and we don’t appreciate that! We took a flashlight, some cups full of salt, and one by one picked em off and threw them in our salt cups where they melted. (Sorry about that slugs, I’m sure that didn’t feel great…) Afterwards, we sprinkled diatomaceous earth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth#Pest_control) on the bed, and now our collards seem to be doing so much better! YAY! -Ashleigh

Spring Party just around the corner!

Come help us celebrate a new growing season at New Roots with a potluck dinner and hang out! Come see your old friends and make some new ones over a delicious meal and maybe even some campfire songs afterwards. Feel free to forward on and bring a friend! We all hope to see you there!

Saturday May 11th
Potluck at 6pm
Bonfire, Music, hanging out after

New Roots Urban Farm
1832 Hogan St.
St. Louis, 63106

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First Workshop of the year!

Our first workshop this year will be Installing a Backyard Garden! We will be at Andrea Hughes’ house (11700 Spring Garden Drive St. Louis, MO) on Sunday, April 21st from 11 in the morning to around 1 in the afternoon. Thank you to Andrea Hughes for letting us use her yard for this workshop! All are welcome to come observe and help install a garden- you’ll be helping Andrea and picking up some first hand experience and knowledge for your next garden! We hope to see you there, and as always if you have questions you can send them to our email or facebook account. 

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-Ashleigh

New Roots in 2013!

The growing season has started (albeit with a few late snow falls…) and we’re already in the thick of it here at New Roots! For this growing year we’ve got four Collective members, some old and some new, with two interns and lots of friends and volunteers around the farm! We’ve got sixteen chicks who will soon be inhabiting their new and improved hen house, two beehives that seem to have made it through the winter (yay!), lots of Robins who like to peck the worms, some mice who sneak into our tool shed, some cats who like to eat the mice (we hope), and a Wren couple who nest nearby. Our grounds include one hoop house with newly replaced plastic, an earthen stove, two sheds, a composting toilet, a greenhouse, some compost bins, 14 rows (with some resting), a peach tree sapling, and a number of herb beds. There’s always something to be done at the farm, and none of it could happen without the love for each other and for our shared work together. Come join us on a Tuesday or Friday mornings from 9 to noon for fellowship, new skills and knowledge, or just the satisfaction of digging your hands into some earth!

Happy growing,

-Ashleigh