The spice rack is completed and at the Howdy Farm! Using recycled cedar, screws to connect the back pieces together, and biscuit joints for the sides and shelves, I built the rack, and it's been well received by everyone who has seen it, which gives me hopes for possible future projects as well. I feel like the project is both finally complete and officially mine. It's been a blast! -Michael
I wanted to add something with a little more of a personal touch to both my project and to the Howdy Farm. So I had this idea to build a shelf for the seed jars, as a mock spice rack since most of the seeds are from herbs. I have this idea for a spice rack with two rows, for five jars each which leaves us room to expand because we don't have that many as of right now. Time to get building! -Michael
After cleaning the Butterfly plant seeds and getting them jarred up, this is the final count. But I can't help but feel like something is missing to bring it all together. I'll see what I can do! -Michael
Because I didn't feel quite satisfied about how many seeds I have, I went back over the summer to gather more, from a beautiful Butterfly Plant that had light seeds that are with dispersed. A nice visit and I got some work done, too! -Michael
After allowing the seeds to dry out a small amount to prevent them from drying out, I jarred them up and labeled them with paper labels in the lid to allow them to be easily identified and changed if need be. We also added chives, whose seeds had a hard coat allowing them to be jarred quickly. More to come! -Michael
The first of the seeds gathered in my seed saving project have been obtained! We pulled from poppy weeds around the farm, the lower right cup, dill seeds in the upper right cup, coriander seeds in the left cup, and baby bok choy in the jar on the right. Now to allow them to dry a bit before putting them in jars! -Michael
Our last workshop went extremely well, so I decided we should host another one! The subject of this one was composting, how it can help your soil, how it helps in recycling, and most importantly, how everyone can and should be doing it! Though it isn't quite seed saving, composting can assist in growing the plants you start from seeds. This was also hosted on our Sustainable Saturday, which was great fun for everyone who came out!
One of the most difficult things about working with plants, or on a farm in general, is the waiting game. Waiting for seeds to sprout, waiting for the plants to grow, and then waiting for the plants to make more seeds. Waiting on the circle of life can make you realize how hard it can be to keep busy. -Michael
While waiting until I can start on my seed saving project, I volunteer on the farm. When I'm not doing that, I'm also an officer, the Education and Sustainability officer. Rocking my Captain America jacket on today's chilly day, I taught this group about Keyhole gardens, an effective way to farm by utilizing the process of composting to keep the soil in a small raised garden space rich. Since the technique was developed in Africa, it's water efficient while also being a creative outlet. All in all, the workshop went great, and I can't wait to do more! -Michael
My name is Michael Legorreta, and while I'm not the most outspoken person, I love meeting people and hearing their stories. But more than that, I love working with plants, and most importantly learning new information, both about nature and people.