Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hoophouses, plant sale, and kale, oh my!

We have been busy this winter and spring getting ready for the plant sale and hanging out in the hoophouse!

Check out some photos from our activities and events....

Hoophouse fun:

Planting spinach in the hoophouse
We covered rain barrels full of water with black trash bags, to create heat reservoirs. These helped keep the hoophouse at a constant temperature.
Hoophouse lettuce and spinach, yum!
The hoophouse gets to breathe today in it's new summer form! Stay tuned for summer hoophouse plans...

Permaculture and GELT talk:

We collaborated with Ann Arbor permaculture expert Nate Ayers and the Green Economy Leadership Training program in Detroit to bring together University students interested in permaculture and sustainable communities in Detoit. The event was inspiring, we learned a lot, and a special thanks to The Brinery for catering! The Brinery is in Ann Arbor and makes delicious, local, fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi.

Brandon Knight, one of the founders of GELT
Students awed and inspired by their new permaculture knowledge
For more information about Permaculture opportunities in Ann Arbor and the brand new U of M Permaculture design team, visit

Cultivating Community at Earthfest:

Lauren telling a student about Cultivating Community at our booth on the diag

Plant Sale Preparations:

Happy seed starters: Sonali, Lindsay, Lauren, Allyson, and Tania

Ginsberg Garden:

Check out how green the garden is already!

In the fall, we planted Annual Ryegrass as a cover crop, and it has done its job! Covering the garden, controlling weeds, and conserving the soil. We also have clover growing as another cover crop, which adds nitrogen to the soil.

Get ready for another bountiful summer of fun and food and friends, and getting your hands dirty! We will be having our first workday of the summer this Friday, and many more throughout the summer. To get involved, please email us at

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