Achievements of 2018!

 

 

The year 2017 has been filled with the joys of growing a whole new orchard, and the challenges of maintaining its health. Through Amma’s grace, the orchard and all Her sevites have grown and flourished in selfless service. The dry days of the summer, tested both the trees and the volunteers.  The Maha orchard kept us  busy maintaining the irrigation lines with proper water flow. We also protected trees, ensuring gopher baskets and vole guards were still intact. In the Lotus Orchard, our extra attention was required to prepare for the cold by putting up a frost cover over the young citrus trees.

Moving deeper into the months of winter, or the dormant season, our focus was mainly in sharing the fresh produce with the community and also make sure nothing would go to waste by taking it through the dehydration process. We carefully selected the less attractive pieces of fruits and dehydrated them. Fruits such as pears, persimmons and apples. Everyone loves these not only because for its delicious taste and easy way to eat but also for the support they are giving to our local and organic farm.  Make sure to visit our Greenfriends table during Saturday programs to enjoy these goodies.

In Greenfriends farm, our passion is to get people in touch with nature, making them a part of orchard care. This is why we create opportunities for connection and service to our Mother Earth. January 2018 was all about this goal. It was the planting season and two especial events were created to make it reality. The first tree planting day we had included 25 trees planted with help from Bala Kendra.  It was a very fun day of learning about the importance of trees and giving back to the Earth.

The second tree planting day was done with the larger part of the community. Over 200 people committed to serve for one whole day to plant 200 trees. For Greenfriends Farm, it has been the biggest Tree Planting Day ever!  Thanks to everyone for participating.

Following this event, we installed the irrigation system for the new 250 young trees in the Lotus Orchard. With the amount of new trees in immediate need of our attention, there is a lot more to do for the land.  Those who are looking ways to serve and make a positive impact for the planet, you can become part of our mission! Please contact Guinevere at 510 586 2990 to learn more.

March was the month we had the honor of hosting Dr. Elaine Ingham and her Soil Food Web Intensive Course.  Enthusiastic growers of all kinds, joined us here to learn “dirt is dead, soil is alive.” For us to have healthy thriving plants we need to have healthy thriving soil biology.  Thanks again for showing us how to save the world by looking after the little guys, one microorganism at a time. 

 

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