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Community Spirit At Work–Will YOU Be There?

August 29, 2012

Just think about it…

……just a few months ago there was no Wild Ramp Market where so many of us enjoy access to fresh farm products and other value added products that not only enrich our lives but make our nutrition healthier.

……so many of us did not know each other and now we have a whole new circle of friends with various strengths and talents and energy, all happy to be part of such an exciting community project.

…….some of the Wild Ramp Producers are beginning to feel community appreciation for the work they put in day after to day to produce wonderful healthy food choices.

The Wild Ramp is continuing to evolve, responding to the needs and requests of the community. One aspect is to help out our farmers to complete projects that need more hands. They benefit since the work gets done faster and at no major cost and we benefit, not only because it means they will increase or enhance production and bring the results to the Wild Ramp, but also because it is the right and good thing to do when you are in a community!

Like an old fashioned barn raising, the Wild Ramp is planning its first “Community Helps a Farmer” Day with a Greenhouse Raising Party at The Potager’s  putting connector strips on the greenhouse and pulling plastic over the connectors to cover the greenhouse.  All of this can be done in 1 day.

source:University of Missouri Extension Service

What does it involve? A few people climbing on a 14 foot ladder to connect the screws. A couple of guys to drill into metal, requires some arm strength.  Bring a cordless drill or two. There might be a few moments where if you don’t have a drill you’ll be standing around, but when it comes time to pull the plastic it will be all hands on deck.

How many people are needed to finish the project? A couple dozen people would “thrill her to no end.”  Arrive in the morning and spend the morning putting on the strips, by the afternoon when it warms up it will be time to put the plastic on.  Come after church and there will still be work to finish and it will go faster with more hands.

What is she going to do with the new greenhouse?  She plans to grow vegetables throughout the fall and the winter in the greenhouse. A significant portion of the winter crops will be sold at The Wild Ramp – carrots, kale, mustard. Julie will be able to use the new greenhouse to put vegetables out earlier in the spring, so we could have earlier tomatoes next Spring. It will give her about 5-6 weeks extension on either side of her growing season.  The other greenhouse will be repaired, but this does not have to be done until the Spring. It will be used to produce all the seedlings.

Julie brings us foods no one else does–things to try like these squash blossoms.

Julie Schaer explains why this help is so appreciated:  Her husband is having some medical treatment putting him out of commission for the weekend.  Her first greenhouse is out of commission until spring. She had it for the past several years, and it’s kind of like “The House that Jack Built” and it got horribly wind damaged recently. The new greenhouse is the real deal; she got it on a grant. She had to front the money to get it, and she has until September 30 to get the plastic on it to get it inspected so she can get reimbursed. Her baby is due 10 days later. She  can not do this by herself.

This photo is about 2 years old…that baby is walking and talking and the new one is ready to be born!

What other little projects can we do while we are there? Some ground cover and old fencing needs to be pulled up, so bring gloves.They are currently buried in the weeds. Seed lots need to be harvested; for example, a bunch of beans that she grew only for seed are drying on the plants and need to be picked. Some seed that’s already been picked that needs to be stomped on (that sounds easy!)  Tilling, so that she can put in her garlic pot. Ripping out old plants.

Heirloom vegetables are something Julie specializes in. Our dinner plates are enhanced with new full flavored treats because of the plants she grows.

Directions: Go east on I-64 and get off at the Hurricane exit. Go AWAY from Hurricane (turn north) and the farm is at  Sleepy Creek. That is the first road after the shopping center.

Bring gloves and extra cordless drills could be useful… Y’all are Fabulous!!!

Julie will provide drinks and lunch.   304-562-0373

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2012 10:17 pm

    That does sound like fun. Pity it’s a bit too much of a commute for me (3,000 miles give or take?)

    • August 30, 2012 12:18 pm

      I hope people here in town don’t feel the same way about the 50 miles round trip this will require.

  2. Laura permalink
    August 29, 2012 11:18 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I would include myself if I lived closer! Like Gunta, I’m in Oregon and too far to participate. I hope to read about the success of this project!

    • August 30, 2012 12:17 pm

      Who knows what you may be helping with in a few years when I get out there! LOL

  3. August 30, 2012 4:13 am

    Free food! You get to spend time with like minded folk, help out someone who grows amazing produce for your market, AND you get a meal out of it? What a great idea! I’m not sure when this is happening, but I sure hope you get tons of people to raise the roof. Like the other west coasters, I’ll look forward to the success story!

    • August 30, 2012 12:16 pm

      The farmer has figured a couple of dozen people will manage the tasks involved easily….it will be interesting to see the response.

  4. Diane permalink
    August 30, 2012 1:28 pm

    Some how I have managed to miss the date, Sunday is mentioned is it THIS Sunday?

    • August 30, 2012 1:47 pm

      Sorry, I was sloppy and did not include the date. It is in a few weeks, September 9

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