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After a long winter, we are glad that it is starting to feel like spring at the very end of March. We are ready to come out of hibernation, to start planting, growing and moving again. We aren’t the only ones, as we have seen lot of wildlife around the Raíces gardens, like this wild turkey seen in a neighboring garden in New Brunswick.
RAÍCES APICULTURE INITIATIVE
Francisco has been hard at work constructing the first Raíces Apiculture Initiative beehives. He will be posting photos of his work soon with information on how to get a Raíces beehive and more information on beekeeping.
RAÍCES MICRO FARM TEAM GROWS
This month, we met with the new Raíces gardeners Marisol and Enrique. They just returned from living in Puerto Rico for the past few years, and we are happy to have them gardening with us now that they are back in Central NJ. The day we gave them a tour of the Livingston Gardens, they were ready to get working so we planted our first outdoor seeds in our raised bed cold frame.
We planted our first set of indoor seeds this month and we will do another round in April when the rest of our seeds come in. We received a generous donation of seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library and ordered from High Mowing Organic and Pinetree Garden Seeds. All of these seed companies promote the safe seed pledge and are committed to providing GMO-free seed. We are happy to have the support of and to give support to these small seed companies.
It was only a couple of days before our first seedlings began to emerge. Our cool weather crops, like broccoli, kale, lettuce, collards and spinach sprouted first, and our tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and flowers have just begun to open up to the sunlight streaming in the windows of the Raíces growing room.
RAÍCES SEED LIBRARY IS GROWING!
Our seedlings aren’t the only things growing. We are getting more and more registrations for Raíces seed library members. On March 29, we attended the New Brunswick Seed Swap where several seed library members and volunteers joined us to make mini seed envelopes for the Raíces Seed Library and to share with attendees of the seed swap. If you want to register for the seed library and save seeds with Raíces, sign up here. Saving seeds will help us adapt cultural strains to our own growing region and to share clean, safe, GMO-free seeds with members of our community.
Raíces EcoCulture is also selling mini seed packets and seedlings as a fundraiser for our eco-culture programs and projects. If you want to receive a seed and seedling list with info on how to order from us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support and keep checking back for more updates.