September 3, 2008
On Saturday August 30, HPUG, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville Farmers Market customers and vendors converged on Radical Roots for a tour of the farm. About 40 people showed up and good times were had! We explored the whole farm, Dave explained the swales and how they serve as an underground water reservoir for fruit trees and how the nitrogen rich legumes planted around the trees can be cut back and will act as mulch for the trees. We perused the garden beds, observed the recent hail damage, and tasted cherry tomatoes much to our chagrin. The chickens made us laugh as they chased each other and jumped their protective fence. I was inspired by the consensus that the farm is uniquely sustainable and how first timers took to the permaculture concepts without disbelief. Chips & salsa and herbal lemonade followed with introductions and escape to the coolness and shade of the barn pack out. I think each person left with a new tidbit of information, to either be stored away in the depths of the brain or to be tried out in the home garden. I had a lot of fun!
I’m working on organizing a winter garden/cold farme construction workshop for early october… date TBA!