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Fall Session Class One-Plot Set-up Review

September 6, 2014 • Ian Whittington

My plot at the end of first day of the fall session.

And we’re back! The fall session of NFI’s Adult Urban Garden Education class has started up, meaning I’ll once again be filling you in on everything that we’ve been learning. Even though this is another beginning, it doesn’t feel like that to me. That’s probably because this weeks class was all about getting our plots […]

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Experimenting with a new tomato variety

September 3, 2014 • Neighborhood Farm Initiative

The original tomato-mutant-sport

This year we were delighted to have Lori Knepp, an avid gardener who also participated in our Oral History Project, and has donated multiple seedlings to us over the years, about her tomato experiment. Check out her interview below and join us during any of our open hours to look at her tomato experiment! 1) […]

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Classes Nine and Ten – Harvesting and Wrap-Up

August 19, 2014 • Ian Whittington

One of my harvest, including a few gifts from neighbors.

Harvesting. This is why most of us probably took this class. Sure we wanted to learn all the ins and outs of gardening, but let’s be honest. No one signed up looking forward to all the weeds they were going to get to pull; they signed up for the plump tomatoes and spicy peppers. Now […]

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Class Eight- Weeding and More Weeding

July 26, 2014 • Ian Whittington

An unweeded patch of the NFI community garden.

After a little over two months it’s finally happened. I’ve had my first harvest! It’s exciting because I’m literally seeing the fruits of my labor. But I’m also nervous because, well, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all this food. So far I’ve got tomatoes. Cucumbers. Parsley. Basil. Even an okra and […]

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Class Seven-Plant Disease Identification and Treatment

July 11, 2014 • Ian Whittington

Recently mysterious white marks started showing up on some of our pepper plants

Something strange happened at the NFI garden the other week. Just when my peppers were finally starting to look livelier, I noticed that one of them had white marks on its leaves. And I wasn’t the only one affected. Others in the class were noticing the same thing as well. Clearly my plant was diseased. […]

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Fall Adult Urban Garden Education

June 25, 2014 • Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Registration is now open for our Fall Program. Sign up today for this seasonal growing class – perfect for the beginner or intermediate grower. Beginning August 30th, you’ll receive your own 12’ x 12’ community garden plot and all the seeds, equipment and instruction you need to grow your own organic produce! Enjoy weekly ‘staffed’ […]

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Healthy Eating Habits: Food Diary

June 24, 2014 • Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Breakfast: I start out most of my weekday mornings having the breakfast – toast with peanut butter. I wanted to dedicate more time this year to bread making, so I pledged (via Facebook so everyone would see) that I would make a new loaf of bread every month. This month I made a hearty, whole-wheat oatmeal […]

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Class Six-Compost

June 24, 2014 • Ian Whittington

My First Tomato Plant 2

For the past two months I’ve really been looking forward to finally being able to harvest. I’m not quite there yet, but I can finally see that it’s going to happen. Why? Because this week I hit an exciting milestone. I got my first tomato! But that wasn’t the only development. My beans are bigger […]

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Open House this Weekend!

June 11, 2014 • Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Join us for our 4th Annual Open House this Saturday, June 14 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The forecast looks perfect for getting down and dirty in the garden, followed by Dangerously Delicious Pies and ice cold Honest Tea. 9:00 am to 11:00 pm – Volunteer in our Demonstration Garden. Make sure you bring […]

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Week Five-Organic Pest Management

June 7, 2014 • Ian Whittington

Evidence an insect with chewing mouthparts has been around

After a month in class we’re now meeting every other week.  This means we’re going to have to make even more of an effort to get out to our gardens. Luckily we’ve been having a reasonable amount of rain, so not getting there every, or even every other day, hasn’t been an issue. So far […]

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