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Down on “The Farm”

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“The Farm” is a small lot of land that TC and his roommates have rehabilitated into a fertile garden in the midst of Hayward suburbia.  There are four raised garden beds, nine hens that lay the most delicious eggs, a few honeycombs, and plenty of fruit trees. Nearby is an avocado tree that was giving fruit through February, but is sadly now going through a resting phase.

This is the first in a series of posts, in which I will give you a photographic tour of The Farm. The goals of these posts will be:

  • To show you how growing your own vegetables may be easier than you think.
  • To remind us about seasonality by documenting fruits and vegetables as they ripen.
  • To occasionally provide tips on gardening (perhaps with a guest blog by TC & friends).

As I mentioned, there are four raised garden beds, three of which are currently occupied by the likes of chard, beets, broccoli, carrots, radishes, bok choy, various lettuces, and many more. Here are some of the plants as of 3 weeks ago:

Farm-fresh carrot -- delish!!

There are also lots of berries and fruit trees. Some of the fruit trees were planted a while back by others, while TC and friends have add a few new ones.  What struck me was the realization that I had never seen a young peach, pear, plum, or apricot until I went to the Farm. In other news, strawberries are already ripe… can’t wait for the rest of the berries too!

If you've never smelled an orange blossom, you're totally missing out. Heavenly.

And then there are the birds (chickens) and the bees, which tends to be the most fascinating to people. Kids especially love watching the hens. As mentioned above, the chickens lay really delicious, rich eggs. I’ve had some of the honey too and it’s great.  I have to admit that I was a little freaked out by the bees, but I tried to keep my anxiety to a minimum. Apparently, they confuse fear with anger, and so they’ll attack you if they sense your fear.
That’s RC, by the way, checking on the bees.

Anyway, stay tuned for more updates from The Farm as the summer continues!

Author: Jen

Howdy! I'm a 30-something recovering former academic living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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