Thursday, September 29, 2011
Last night I attended a presentation at our local library given by Suzanne Richmond of Funky Chicken Farm (web site below ) www.funkychickenfarm.com
Suzanne's grew up on a small family farm here in Central Florida and began growing her own vegetables at age 12. Now married and living on the same working farm with her husband, she became interested in growing healthier and more healthful plants. While visiting a friend she commented on the tall, dense hedge he had around his patio when he told her "that's not a hedge, those are tomato plants." Sure enough, when she looked closer, this lush "hedge had dozens of huge green tomatoes, and were growing in a commercially procured "grow box which sells for about $50 or more.
Though these boxes are mostly self-watering and easy to plant and tend, Suzanne knew that the cost would be unreasonable for the quantity of vegetables she grows for family and to sell at the local Farmer's Market. So she and her hubby set about designing and making an alternative for about $8.50 per box and now her "garden" grows the most beautiful and healthful plants, full of nutrition, and can self-maintain for about 5 days after which the holding tank must be refilled with water. Even this can be avoided by setting up a drip system.
I am attending a workshop tomorrow to construct my own grow box and tour the farm, learn to compost and (possibly!) grow my own earthworms. Not too sure about the worms yet, I love to have them in the soil but I'm not too eager to actively grow them.
Will post tomorrow afternoon on the box-building exercise and the farm tour.