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Flowers and Compost Bins

IMG_0869Hot, hazy, and humid… that didn’t slow down our Danby crew in its second week.  With only two days of work this week because of the 4th of July, the YAP crew weeded (everything!), transplanted (flowers by the Smokey House Center  sign) and harvested (garlic scapes, lettuce and herbs.)IMG_0314

 

 

 

We even found time to hike into the woods to check out the work on the Old Sugar House and cool off in the nearby stream.IMG_0866

 

 

 

Our big project, however, was constructing compost bins, based on a design by EMG Master Composter, Ron Hebert. With guidance from Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, we’ve already built three composters for ourselves.  The walls are sturdy 1/2″ hardware cloth, and the latch uses solid wood and good hardware.   This very practical design includes an easy open latch, which makes moving and turning the pile easy.  We plan to offer these for sale at the Poultney Farmers Market soon. (We’re taking orders now – $79 plus tax!)

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YAP 2014 at Smokey House

YAP14 JaydeThe 2014 Summer Work&Learn program is up and running at TTC at Smokey House.  During our first days the crew attacked the weeds in the garden, transplanted seedlings, pulled wild (aka “poison”) parsnip, and learned about mulch and compost.

 

 

YAP14 weather stationPart of the orientation was learning how to take data from the weather station, with guidance from Smokey House Center director Jesse Pyles.

 

YAP14 saladWe also harvested mixed greens and made a delicious herbal vinaigrette for our first kitchen project.

 

 

 

We have a great group of hard workers under the leadership of Kevin Keeler, and we look forward to a busy and productive summer.

YAP14 weeding garden