Some of you may be curious as to what the farm actually looks like and how things are run, so this blog is dedicated just to that!
The farm is located just past Canada Olympic Park on West Valley Road, just off of the Transcanada Highway. The farm is entirely volunteer run, with no funding whatsoever. Everything that is grown is harvested and sent to the Calgary Interfaith Foodbank.
With it being the beginning of May, things are just getting started, preparing the land to be seeded, and getting the seeds germinated early so they are ready for planting when the time is right.
While I was there, we had some volunteers working on a strip of land that was going to be planted with potatoes soon. To prevent erosion of the soil, we use mulch on top of the land after we have planted the seeds. The mulch usually contains straw/hay, as well as woodchips and dark brown soil. This is then added on top of the seeds, thus preventing wind erosion.
But, before being planted, seeds must be germinated in the greenhouses. Below are some photos of that germination process.
The farm also has its own assembly line for its designated soil for pots (it was under a tarp, so I couldn’t snap a picture). Below are some of the pots awaiting seeds.
In addition, there is on-site composting that is being cultivated to add nutrients to the soil.
The farm currently is not hooked up to power, but that will be changing in the next few weeks! There is no running water either on the farm, but by using solar panels, we are able to pump water from a near-by creek to supplement the rain-barrel water collected for irrigation.
Here are some of the hoses and irrigation hoses that are just waiting to be used!
Just recently, we have added a hive to the farm!! Below are some photos of the wind wall that protects them.
We also can’t forget our handy-dandy scarecrow that deters birds from eating our crops!
I hope this gives some insight into how the farm is run, and what’s going on around. Send us a message on Facebook or send a message through our website to volunteer with us soon. Hope to see you guys soon!!