On this #Earthday
week, together with #Kentuckians
, and #Karenni
, into our 4-acre terraced #agroforestry #farm
at the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, we're planting 800 blackberry/raspberry, 750 asparagus, 25 mulberry, 25 hazelnut, 25 pecan, and 100 strawberry, either in terraces or in alleyways between #terraces
, those plots portioned out to individual residents and families, are also now being planted; everyday now there will be many diverse #farmers
out on the landscape--making ours the liveliest farm in #bowlinggreenky
(Swahili: "ibiraya") and #onions
(Swahili: "ibitungaru") are now up by the hundreds; and several hundreds of #treecrops
--apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, serviceberries, hazelnuts, mulberries, pawpaws, pecans, chestnuts--are now in leaf. Blueberry shrubs are flowering, promising fruits in June; earliest strawberries are yellow now on blooming bunches; garlic is nearly 2 feet tall. .
Both the new terraces from our April 2nd 1.5-acre expansion (#link
in my profile), and the old terraces, constructed last year, are being interplanted with loads of #specialtycrops
now. In December, we were announced winners of the @kentuckyag
2018-2021 Specialty Crop Grant. .
All alleyways between terraces have been disced and sown with #covercrops
(buckwheat and cowpeas); we are prepping these for more permanent beds to be installed in May. Everything is about to burst in dense arrays of #polyculture
. Participation from the resident and #refugeefarmers
is significantly higher than last year, which means *everything* for the sustainability of this project. You'd be impressed to see how quickly we are able to plant with groups of farmers like these. I am grateful to farm with them; grateful for this raw, cultural mixingbowl of a farm, which we've now named "Kaleidoscope Farm". As all of us are avid and passionate farmers, we fit-in together. Kazi njema! Good job! .
Kaleidoscope Farm is sponsored and overseen by the @warrenconservation.
#cooperative #regenerativeagriculture #KyAg365 #refugees #refugeeswelcome #urbanconservation #urbanfarm #meanwhileinkentucky