Cherrywood Farm Still Lively Between Seasons

Summer brings a long, hot break between production seasons at the Cherrywood Farm, but there’s still plenty of farming that must go on. As a fitting start to the “in-between time” following the mid-June close of our fourth season, a group of ten volunteers from Servant Church recently visited our Vineland Dr. field.

Lead farmer Francie Greene gave the group a tour and had them help with harvesting sunflower heads, cucumbers, and herbs. Other scheduled tasks like spreading mulch and transplanting seedlings had to be postponed because the ground was still absorbing the previous night’s very welcome rain.

Between  now and the beginning of the fall/winter season in mid-October, the half-dozen backyard and front-yard plots that make up the farm will still be producing summer crops like eggplant, okra, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

During that time, our dedicated core group of work-share members will also further develop our two newest plots, which are still at about half-capacity, building up the soil and installing drought-busting drip irrigation systems. The harvesting schedule will proceed on an informal, as-needed basis, with veggies going to work-share members, volunteers who show up to help, and impromptu “mini distributions” at in.gredients when the yield is high.

 The Cherrywood Neighborhood Farm is a program of the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Urban Patchwork, a non-profit network of neighborhood urban farms around Austin. It is organized co-operatively on a subscription CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) basis, with labor, skills and lots of earth-love provided by work-share members and volunteers. It also provides plenty of opportunity to socialize with neighbors around a great community activity!

Signup for the fall/winter season begins mid-August, with several ways to participate as a member: full cash subscription; full work-share; half and half; or land host. More information is available at urbanpatchwork.org. If you think you might be interested in joining, volunteering, or getting on the wait-list, please contact Terry Dyke at .

Cherrywood Farm work day

Servant Church volunteer work day. For more photos of the Cherrywood Farm, see the flickr set.

About Terry Dyke

I live in the old yellow house on Robinson with Marilyn Fenn, my wonderful and talented wife. A Cherrywood citizen since 2002, I've enjoyed neighborhood life, helping organize Film Night, instigating our neighborhood urban farm, and more recently, joining the CNA Steering Committee. I'm interested in energy and climate issues, and local resilience as a response to them. I also write about them on my blog.

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