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🍂🍃If you have been listening, the seasons have been whispering of change. We are always doing our best to hear the transition and prepare for the next step while also being present in what's going on right now. 🍁As we come back to the same season in which this garden was started last year we are planning our expansion and growth. Our first step is to mulch and define our pathways with a thick layer of wood chips/green mulch. 👩‍🌾 We found a local fellow who sells firewood and mulch and just got 10 yards of his chipped mulch. We will weed-eat the paths, letting everything fall and decompose into the soil. Then we will load it up with chips! Follow our progress over the next month as we build this awesome garden up! . . . . . . . . . . #queerfarmers #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #queerdirt #countryqueers #growwhatyoueat #growingfood #instagardeners #ediblegarden #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #homegrown #homegarden #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardening #gardenlife #greenthumb

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🍋🍋This spring I volunteered for our county master gardeners plant sale and scored this little #myerlemon for five bucks. It's still in the little 4 inch pot but it's really healthy and has a single lemon! We will repot it in a few weeks and bring it inside for the cooler weather. . . . . . . . . . . #queerfarmers #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #queerdirt #countryqueers #growwhatyoueat #growingfood #instagardeners #ediblegarden #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #homegrown #homegarden #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardening #gardenlife #greenthumb

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asthegardengrows

We did a thing! We are giving a go at our first #CSA type box thing, that in true Aisha + Kelsey fashion doesn't really follow CSA typical standards! The weather has been real crappy lately with the wildfires, so our regular outlet of the market has been somewhat hit or miss. The garden hasn't stopped producing though so we need to move vegetables asap. We put an idea out there and like five of our friends swooped it up. Tomorrow we will be delivering $10 produce boxes to some folks. These are box examples. The left one has three $1 add ons so it looks a bit heftier. The one on the right is a standard. We're really excited to see how this sales model is different than the market one and also wanna see if we enjoy it more/less. Thanks for joining us on this learning journey! #queerswhofarm #permaculture #notill #marketgarden #womenwhofarm #enbieswhofarm #oregon #organic #countryqueers #southernoregon #asthegardengrows

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Today we're talking about weeds. What a weed is is highly personal, especially depending on your gardening/farming philosophy. We haven't done much weeding this season mostly because I, Aisha, really dislike the time and energy it takes. I don't like how it disrupts the soil either. So up until today our youngest bed has been our WILD child. This photo represents my weeding compromise. Weeding the beds so we can plant fall brassicas but not the pathways. All the weeds are piled into the center and the living ones are simply matted down. This provides us lots of organic matter for the paths and keeps them mulched to avoid erosion. #notill #marketgarden #permaculture #queerswhofarm #womenwhofarm #enbieswhofarm #southernoregon #countryqueers #weeds #gardening #organic

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Garlic totals are in! Holy. Cow. We totalled 33- almost 34lbs dry weight between five varieties. This is our best year yet. Top 3 performers included Chesnock Red Purple Stripe (87.7% yield), German White (83.0% yield), and Siskiyou Purple (75.3% yield). We saved twice as much as we planted last year to plant this October, our first year saving for replanting. After our saving we have 20lbs to eat, gift, and sell. #garlic #territorialseed #siskiyouseeds #southernoregon #queerswhofarm #womenwhofarm #countryqueers #enbieswhofarm #marketgarden #permaculture #growyourown

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queerswhofarm

Thanks @aishary92 of @asthegardengrows! . ・・・ Growing stuff is hard. I cry sometimes when stuff dies. I almost pee my pants when something grows to its full potential. I love when people walk through our garden and are in awe that I'm just gonna pull up food and hand it to them. We work hard for this, but there's not really another option for me. I started life farming, I will die farming. #countryqueers #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #womenwhofarm #gardening #marketgarden #cheesin

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asthegardengrows

Current garden happenings; the potatoes have exploded, squash are taking off, batch #2 of garlic is dried and ready to be cut for its final cure and storage, our little flower bed is developing. #hopeful #farming #gardening #microfarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #womenwhofarm #permaculture #organic #southernoregon #countryqueers

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asthegardengrows

We are 8 weeks into our 22 week market and we have already learned so much. I wanna use this post as a point of reflection, trajectory, and manifestation. The booth we have now started as a desire to sell excess produce and plants from our gardens. I, Aisha, never really intended to grow things specifically for market but rather have an outlet for overflow abundance. For every purchase of our excess we have customers constantly asking for things we don't have and won't have. It has me reconsidering how we plan our gardens. If we want to make this our full-time paying jobs we should probably have what customers are asking for, right? Part of it makes me sad, the buying and selling: capitalism. I dream of bartering and gifting and the natural flow of intentional community and relationships. That being said, this is what I want to do. I want to market garden fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. I want to provide food and medicine for my family, friends, and community. So, I have to reconcile how we do that in our current world. The plight of the U.S. small farmer is real. Mental health and financial struggles are prevalent and we are not an exception. Balancing the art of micro-farming with making a living, taking care of our health, and enjoying what we do is delicate. We choose hard work and dedication everyday though. Sometimes that means we leave the garden early, sometimes we push through the irritability of stalling plants and seed-robbing-birds. While we have so much abundance, this is our first year doing market and there are some things we have learned we need! ✨Produce scale. 🌿Easy to set-up tent and weights. ☀Additional display tables. ✨Branded banner. 🌿Plant signs. ☀Seed planter. ✨Harvest table. 🌿Cool storage. ☀Compost tea brewer and sprayer. We have done amazing with the things we have, this is just a list of things that would make life easier, something to strive for. This is also a placeholder for us to look back on as we grow and change. Ever shifting, I am grateful for the experience even on the hard days. Looking forward to the future and how far we see this thing through. #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #womenwhofarm #gardening

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Synthetic fertilizers are really easy to use. They produce results, for sure, but to us the risks and results aren't worth it. Instead of quick and forced nutrition we make teas and topdress beds with things like manure, alfalfa, fermented plants/weeds, fermented (shell)fish, and extracted herbs; most of which are harvested from our bioregion. This process takes a while, sometimes seasons. It means that new beds are sometimes less productive than mature, older beds. It means that sometimes your peas are limey while the garlic thrives in second season beds. It also means that we're providing critical organic matter and delicious long-term food sources to soil organisms that will feed our plants. It all requires patience, forces us to slow down and be right here. [Photo description: #1 Two bales of dried alfalfa hay are stacked in front of long pea beds with cattle panel trellis, garlic beds are in the background. #2 Aisha fills a 5-gal bucket with the alfalfa hay and water.] #organicgardening #notillgardening #permaculture #queerswhofarm #womenwhofarm #enbieswhofarm #southernoregon

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Lined out beds and planted them in lots of leafy greens, basil, and carrots. Using row cover for the first time. I'm unsure if I really dig it. We will see with time. #farming #gardening #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #horticulture #oregon

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It got warm while planting/working today and Achillea took a rest in the garden. The grass was so cool. Ahhhh. Thanks for the cute picture honeybee, @thewestwitch. #queerswhofarm #achilleaarabella #arabellaacres #gardening #farming #womenwhofarm #enbieswhofarm #canecorsopuppy #canecorso

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