March EcoCulture Update: Community Collaborations and Spring Planting

Spring is almost here and it’s a busy time for Raíces EcoCulture.  For weeks we have been thinking about, sorting, ordering, separating and sending out seeds.  The soil is already workable and we are getting our micro farm plots ready for planting.  And since Spring is a time for new growth, it is the perfect time for Raíces EcoCulture to put down our roots and reach our branches further out into our community.

Spring Seed Bed

Experimental cold crop seed bed planted on the Full Snow Moon in our cold frame/mini-greenhouse.

We just received the wonderful news that this season Raíces EcoCulture will be joining in collaboration with the Agriculture Department of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension to coordinate the Livingston Community Garden in Piscataway.  Two of our micro farm plots are already located at this community garden site, and we look forward to helping this garden and the community who plants there flourish and grow.  Anyone who would like more information about this garden, please contact us.

Raíces Red Beans growing in the Livingston Community Garden in the summer of 2012.

Raíces Red Beans growing in the Livingston Community Garden in the summer of 2012.

This week, we also held our monthly EcoCulture Sustainability meeting on the topic of spring gardening and seed starting.  It was refreshing to see many new faces and old friends come out to swap seeds, learn about seed starting and winter sowing, make DIY mini-seed packet envelopes, dialogue about spring gardening and get their hands dirty planting spring seedlings.  Special thanks to our friends and supporters Ellen Rosner and Gabby “VeggieSoul” Aron for sharing their experiences and knowledge about winter sowing, permaculture and gardening in general.  Some of the community members who attended were first time gardeners looking for advice to get started, while others were seasoned gardeners and veggie heads who came to help us get some Raíces seedlings started and network with other local gardeners.  Check out photos from the meeting below and join us in Highland Park the first Monday of every month to dialogue and learn about topics in sustainability and EcoCulture.

 

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