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IRRIGATING DURING DROUGHT YEARS

IRRIGATING DURING DROUGHT YEARS

The drought forced us to seek water saving ways to irrigate the 1000 trees. We experimented with Hugelkultur, olla pots, and deep stake watering. The Hugelkultur will take some time to know if it is a way to go. It involves burying dead oak limbs […]

EXPERIMENTING WITH DEEP STAKE WATERING OF THE FRUIT TREES

EXPERIMENTING WITH DEEP STAKE WATERING OF THE FRUIT TREES

24-inch  and 36-inch long stakes were first installed around a few trees, depending upon whether it is a semi-dwarf tree or a standard size tree.  The stakes are hollow with holes all along the length.  A devotee uses an auger to drill 2 deep holes […]

Mulching

Mulching

MULCHING To ensure that the moisture level is maintained in the soil during the intense heat of summer, a thick layer of bark chips is being placed around each tree.  Along with keeping moisture in, bark helps to keep the fungal matter in the soil, […]

Easy Composting

Easy Composting

EASY COMPOSTING With only a couple of on-site devotee volunteers to oversee the farm, we have had to look for labor-saving composting techniques. We are currently experimenting with bioreactor compost using wire mesh, landscape fabric, and 6-inch perforated drain pipe.

VEGETABLE MARKET GARDEN STARTED IN 2019

VEGETABLE MARKET GARDEN STARTED IN 2019

2021 brings big changes for the MA Center Vegetable Gardens, with the addition of organic heirloom seedlings available for sale to the community!   Amma advised the garden team to let the gardens rest this year due to the impending water crisis and drought, so the […]

April 8-12, 2019 Soil Food Web Course with Dr. Ingham

April 8-12, 2019 Soil Food Web Course with Dr. Ingham

Description Make your plant yields abundant by attending the Soil Food Web Course. You can sign up for 1 day, 2 days, or all 5 days at GreenFriends Farm in Califonia. WHO: This workshop is for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, […]

2018: A Commitment to Trees

2018: A Commitment to Trees

Amma constantly emphasizes the importance of planting trees and helping to restore the balance of Mother Nature. She says, “Each family should grow trees and plants in their yard. Planting a tree is selfless service to society. Just as we enjoy the presence of trees […]

A Volunteer Testimonial

A Volunteer Testimonial

“It is such a pleasure to work with Greenfriends Farm. Without any previous farming experience I sincerely feel useful with all the support and direction provided by the team. There is a variety of projects one can become a part of, whether making sure trees […]

The Soil Food Web on the Farm

The Soil Food Web on the Farm

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_gallery admin_label=”Gallery” gallery_ids=”1097,1109,1108,1107,1106,1105,1103,1102,1110,1100,1099,1095″ fullwidth=”on” show_title_and_caption=”on” show_pagination=”on” background_layout=”light” auto=”on” hover_overlay_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” caption_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_gallery][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] GreenFriends Farm was happy to host Dr. Elaine Ingham once again on February 29th-March 4th. Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist […]

A Tree Planting Weekend

A Tree Planting Weekend

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”on” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://greenfriendsfarm.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FOT478C.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Throughout the month of January, our […]