I will be graduating this Friday, the 16th. I am so excited. I just wanted to take the time to say "goodbye" and talk a little about what the Howdy Farm means to me.
I hope you all enjoyed reading,
I love ladybugs. I think that are so beautiful. I have always admired ladybugs in my parents garden. Once, my mom thought that one of the shrubs in our back yard had an infestation. She was appauled to see hundreds of tiny black scaley insects crawling over her beloved plant. She decided to research what the insect was because she had never seen it before. My mother needed to know how to save her garden before it was taken over. Apon researching the mesterious creature, she found that they were indead ladybug larvea. The larvea of the ladybug look almost nothing like its adult form. My mother was pleasantly suprised.
I really enjoy finding fun and exciting ways to prepare and cook things that we grow on the farm. It has made me realize that the plant paterial that can be consumed offers a vast variety to our culinary options.
The picture above just shows how we set up our tabble for the market.
We also sell at the farmer's market in down Bryan, on Saturday mornings.
I wanted to take the time to show you guys some pictures of the produce/products we've grown at the farm. I absolutely love whenever we get to plant, grow, then harvest unique and interesting things at the farm. I have felt so connected to the farm this semester. It is really amazing to be apart of every step of the process of growing food. I deeply enjoy when I get to take produce home and cook with it. We grew ginger in the greenhouse, when it was done I took a small piece home and made ginger tea. One of the howdy farmers wants to start a project, growing oranges in our greenhouse from seeds from our orange trees. Myself and a few others spent the afternoon tasting and evaluating oranges, then collecting desirable orange seeds. Its so wonderful and informative to fully experience food in this way.
I hope you all enjoyed my photo gallery,
Happy Holidays & Gig 'Em
Previously, I posted about starting a spiral herb garden for my internship project. I will no longer be doing that project, instead I will be painting murals onto a display structure on the farm. I have already primed two of the eight boards on the structure and completed one painting all together.
The howdy farm had a T-shirt designing contest a few weeks ago. Corey drew an entry for the contest. This is actually where I got the first draft sketch for my painting. I love that this painting was a collaboration of sorts. The howdy farm is all about bringing people to work together for enjoyment and education and this reflects in my painting.
This painting is supposed to incorporate the basic principles of seed germination. Depicting, light, water, and a seed that has been germinated. The bright colored background just adds some more fun to the painting and to the farm in general.
This is the final product. I love all of the bold lines and bright colors. It makes me happy that future howdy farmers and visitors will be able to enjoy something that I personally added to the farm.
This past Saturday, the howdy farm partners with the Horticulture Club to host the first ever Fall Plant Sale. We have been preparing for the plant sale for little over a month now. It was really amazing to see the plants that we started for the event, progress to something that can be sold. First, the plants were grown from seed in community trays. Then once the seeds sprouted, then we separated out into 3X2 tray packs. Once they reached a healthy size to be sold for the sale, we took them outside to "acclimatize" or harden-off. This exposes the plants to the elements to allow them to develop to the climate. Bellow is an image of the hardening off area on the Howdy Farm.
I really enjoyed working the plant sale. I got an "inside view" of what it is like to work in a retail nursery. It was awesome to see the howdy farmers working together and interacting with people from our community.
We were selling plants such as, lettuce, arugula, broccoli, rosemary, dill, cilantro, parsley, and a few others. We were also selling farm grown product that included, cucumbers, soybeans, butternut squash , and arugula.
I had a lot of fun working with everyone and I am really looking forward to next years spring and fall plant sales.
I hope everyone enjoyed reading,
Thanks, and Gig 'Em.
While I am interning at the howdy farm, I will be completing a project. I have decided to build and plant a spiral herb garden. I am really excited about this project because the spiral garden teaches the principle concepts of permaculture. The spiral garden brings forth the concept of conscious plant placement. This is something we already implement at the farm but it will be a great learning experience for me. The project puts emphasis on plant watering and sun requirements because of the structure.
An example of a spiral garden is shown above (link to original image and webpage here). The structure of the garden allows for good water movement, that gives room for varying degrees of water adapted plants. The most drought tolerant plant would be planted at the top of the spiral and the “water-loving” plants would be at the bottom. The diameter of the spiral base is recommended to be about 6.5 ft and the tallest point, 3 ft. This allows for ample room for plant spacing and growth. I am excited to say that I will start building the ground base for the project this week.
Lastly, here is a list of some of the herbs I want to plant:
Guys I'm really excited about this project and I cant wait for you guys to see it.
Thanks for reading, Farmers.
This semester there is a menace in our midst. They are known as armyworms. I just wanted to take the time to give you guys some information about this pest. After all knowing is half the battle.
One armyworm female can lay up to 2,000 eggs. Eggs are laid in patches of up to 50 in one location and are usually difficult to find. The eggs hatch 2-10 days after being laid. The larva emerge and feed on the remaining egg mass, then disperse in search for more food. The larva feed most commonly during the early morning or late in the evening but will feed anytime during day or night.
Shown to the right is a illustration of the different life stages of the armyworm.
The armyworms get their name from the perception that they seem to march across a field/lawn and consume everything in their path. They eat the foliage of the plant and consume about 80% of their accumulative food in their last few days before their metamorphosis.
Armyworms are most commonly infested in corn, sorghum, and other moncots ("grasses"). Beans, spinach, turnips, tomatoes, and cucumber (to name a few) also attract armyworms. When food is limited they will attack almost any plant material. Thus, the armyworm can be found on almost any plant foliage.
As far as IPM (Integrative Pest Management) goes, parasitic wasps and flies, ground beetles, and other natural predators can suppress armyworm numbers but once an area is infested, biological control is less effective. Whenever economic loss reaches a critical point, other means of pest control my be required.
Thanks for reading, farmers.
Armyworm life stages chart from http://ipm.ncsu.edu
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My name is Cheyenne and I am a horticulture student at A&M. I am loving my internship, this semester. Being an intern at the (most amazing) howdy farm this fall is just one of the many ways I intend on making the most out of my last semester. I hope you all will find my blog entertaining and informative. I'm so excited to be apart of the farm and I am looking forward to learning all about it!