Howdy ya’ll! I know its been a while since the blog has been updated- but we have a new goal of getting a blog post out to you at least once a week for the rest of the semester! So without further ado- here are our latest updates on the farm…as always, there have been some pretty neat things going on! For starters, we have revamped our website in hopes that it would be easier to navigate and be more interactive- so feel free to click around a bit to see what’s new! Not only have we improved our website, but we have even improved on our member population! In other words, Howdy Farm is starting to get the attention it deserves!! This semester, our student member population has grown to about 60 students! This is the largest member population we’ve had in Howdy Farm history, and we are so excited. To maximize our potential, Howdy Farm has created committees that will be working on projects around the farm.
One of these projects includes a rain garden. A rain garden is a garden that utilizes rainwater runoff for the benefit of watering plants. In our case, part of the land on our farm is slightly slanted downward, causing puddles of runoff during the year. We decided to place a few rows of potential farm land at the bottom of the slope to catch the runoff water and utilize it. Without this rain garden, the water that runs down the slope ends up in the street neighboring Howdy Farm, and is not immediately utilized for plant growth. In the past, Howdy Farm has been a producer of primarily fruit, vegetables, and herbs. But this semester, we have decided to dedicate the rain garden to the growth of ornamental flowers (more specifically, flower varieties that can withstand the high volume of water). So you can look forward to fresh cut flowers alongside the fruits, vegetables and herbs at our markets!
Speaking of market…
shop hours at the Farm will be starting THIS WEEK.
Shop hours at the Farm will be held every Thursday from 12:00-5:00 PM. Come check it out!
To learn more about rain gardens: click on this link!