Next Scheduled Farm Committee Meeting - Tuesday Sept 6th @ 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse.
Farm Work Days - Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm and Fridays 7:00-9:00 am
We are residents of Hidden Springs planning for the agricultural areas in the community. Our focus for 2016 is on row crops, perennials, pumpkin patch, and a corn maze. We want to bring back the vitality, production, and sustainable features of the agriculture that allowed this community to exist and thrive. The farm draws people to our community. It is a source of pride and sets Hidden Springs apart from other developments, it is a place of wonder for our children, a space for nature and people to coexist harmoniously.
The Hidden Springs Farm Committee invites all residents to "Raspberry U-Pick" on Mondays at the farm/garden area (there is a path at the intersection of W Banker & N 7th Ave that will take you to the garden in Killdeer Field).
If you would like to participate, please come to the red shed in the garden. We will have containers available and are asking $5 to fill 2 containers. Each container is a little bigger than a pint. Bring your spouse, kids, and parents. You can pick from 6pm-8pm on Mondays, starting this week, August 29. We will offer the U-pick each Monday until the season ends. The money raised will be used for farm enhancements such as drying tables, picnic area, expanded shed, and trellises for additional plantings.
The Hidden Springs Farm operates under a "share the work, share the harvest" philosophy. Any resident is welcome. We ask that you bring gloves and a good attitude. We meet each Monday starting at 6pm. Our first priority each Monday is tackling garden tasks such as weeding, pest management, mowing, irrigation work, and planting. We then move to harvesting whatever is available and dividing among those that have worked for the evening. We love our dedicated farmers that come every week!! We also love seeing new people join throughout the season, and encourage those that can't be there every week to come when they can.
We are planning for the 2017 season, and would love to see more residents join us. Please contact Lisa Ahrens if you would like to be added to our email group and Facebook page. Read more about our 2016 season in the Farm Notes below!
Thank you, The HS Farm Committee
** Mobile Market: The group asked if Lisa could check with the Mobile Market on their current mission and verify that they are no longer focused on food deserts or under-served markets. If the Mobile Market is charging full retail price and their suppliers are selling at a competitive price, then we would love to have them at Hidden Springs and would like for them to set up at the farm on Mondays during our work sessions. This will allow for more visitors to that area and tie in with what we are doing locally. It might also be an opportunity for the HS farm to generate some sales.
** Announcement: 50% off at Edwards
** Announcement: Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting a class on fruit growing at the University of Idaho extension center in Parma. Discounts for ID Botanical Garden members. Nov 21, 9-12. Link below.
** 2017 and beyond Plan: We went through illustrations of current and future expansion ideas. We also reviewed irrigation layout based on the plans. Attached is the PDF that incorporates feedback from the group.
** Review & compile survey results
** Price out and prioritize plans, including harvest tables, supplies (wagons, carts, wheelbarrows), picnic tables, trellis, etc
** Look for volunteers to build and provide labor for some of the plans (Linda Sue volunteered her husband to build the harvest tables)
** Focus on participation: does anyone want to volunteer to do more outreach? Posting on the HS FB page, loading more pictures to our FB page, talking with neighbors about participating. Everyone wants more participation. If anyone has time to focus on this, please volunteer. Eve
The Farm Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Community Clubhouse.
2016 Farm Committee Members
FM Notes 28 Mar 2016
Owl Field Crop Map 2016
FM Agenda 15 March 2016
FM Notes 1 March 2016
FM Agenda 1 March 2016
FM Notes 23 Feb 2016
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