Last Thursday, the rains started and as of this writing, the clouds are still producing misting rain. This weather always reminds of the porch on my grandmother’s home in mountains of Virginia, and the smell of Scotland. Spring showers didn’t keep us from getting outside to work behind DeKist 2 house, where I reside
Thursday saw a beautiful morning with very mild weather. Perfect conditions for getting some food in the ground! Many of the flats we planted, if not all of them, began from seed in the greenhouse as early as January. After last week’s ‘hardening’, most are now ready for their new homes…
With the warmer weather upon us, it’s time to start ‘hardening’ the plant starts. Solan explained that all the plants in the greenhouse have been babied and must be put outside on different rotation times throughout the week to get them ‘hardened’ to exposure to wind, rain, heat, etc. Read more:
Who wouldn’t love free native trees? Last Wednesday, Green Acres took delivery of about half a dozen different kinds of trees and shrubs to disperse to our neighbors who participated in The Neighborhood Planting Project. We took orders over the course of two weeks via email, and in person at community dinners.
Spring Greetings, Green Acres patrons! Before I jump in with my first post here on GA’s blog, I’d like to start by introducing myself. My name is Gabrielle.
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The old moniker GANG (Green Acres Neighborhood Garden) was officially discarded a few years ago. It was a gradual process, our realization that our garden had now folded itself into community. Our community. An intentional community, what we have been nurturing all along through working the garden together as neighbors since 2009! The changeover was both subtle and blatant. Subtle, because it’s very hard to pinpoint when exactly it happened. Blatant, in that it’s no longer a Neighborhood Garden per se, though neighbors are of course welcome to come work the soil with us, and take home a few veggies in exchange — or not!
And we’ve gone through various iterations of the new name, too. We moved from GANG to GAV, Green Acres Village; then, once we did a CSA (in 2016, and again in 2018), we called it Green Acres Village and Urban Farm; then, wrestling with that long name, we came up with Green Acres Permaculture Village instead, which puts the notion of permaculture right in the title — so obviously working with both each other AND the land, without having to say so. Or in permaculture lingo, we are doing both land-based permaculture and social/cultural permaculture, together, synchronized in harmony.
Our motto says it all, “Building Community from the Ground Up.” For the past few years, that has included weekly Community Dinners, where we invite neighbors, friends, old and new, to join us, rotating among our three homes, and sometimes even having presentations of various kinds — aesthetic, cultural, educational, after dinner.
It’s a rich, full life we lead here.
GANG: Update 2017:
After three years of workshops in the GANG garden, we began a gradual transition which resulted in the garden itself transforming into a subset of the community, rather than the principal focus of community. In 2014, Rebecca Ellsworth, an organic market gardener for 40 years, moved in and became the Director, not only of the gardens but of the property itself. In 2016, we established the Green Acres Village (www.greenacresvillage.org). “community from the ground up,” seeing our village as nested inside the Green Acres Neighborhood, including gardens in what are now the front and back yards of three houses, all adjacent to each other. We also garden the backyard of the house across the street. Also in 2016, we established a small, successful CSA with three members. For the 2017 season we have decided not to do the CSA, but instead to sell our extra produce possibly to restaurants, or possibly to individuals, from a stand set upon the edge of the Village. We are also increasingly experimenting with various land-based, value-added businesses springing up in the Village, including ferments and teas, with the label Green Acres Alchemy.