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60850 Brosterhous Rd, Bend, OR, US
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Promising Season!

Project: Nativity Food Forest

Posted by Tyler Pratt almost 11 years ago

Things are happening like never before on the Food Forest and Community Garden grounds!

This year is surely shaping up to be a promising one!  We are pleased to have Hailee and Seth again, our two 2012 garden managers, for 2013.  We are nearing completion of our 2nd substantial greenhouse (a 20 ft by 60 ft gothic arched one), are building a permanent chicken coop, a tool shed, and more.  The annual cultivation area has expanded and new shrubs and trees are being added to the cornucopia each year. So far we have eaten over a dozen new kinds of berries (and the garden visitors are always amazed) and the stories about childhood farm/garden experiences keep coming out as people chat amongst the gardens.  Our honey bees are healthy (this last fall we harvested a couple gallons), and this year we also have a grip of composting worms making castings for us!  Although we have lost a few of the experimental tree varieties, on the whole we have had a great survival rate and so these next few years with substantially larger and larger trees will prove a lot as to what will be able to set fruit here in this cold (then hot) dry high desert climate.

Now that the garden backbone is in place we are focusing more time on creating workshops, educational opportunities, and links into the community.  People with a diversity of skill sets are showing up (build it and they will come!) and the future is looking so promising we just don't quite know what to do with our excitement, so we just keep doing more!!

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