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aishary92

Hangin' in the potato patch last night. Sitting between the hills I can only see an inch or two over them. 😍 Go follow our farming/gardening account for all our garden goodies. ➡ @asthegardengrows#southernoregon #queerfarmers #queerswhofarm #growyourownfood #enbieswhofarm #organicfarming #womenwhofarm #permaculture

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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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aishary92

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

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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radicle.root

🌿I like to think that if I learn from a loss it can't possibly be a waste; I've gained experience if nothing else. These poor cannabis seedlings have not had the best life so far. Refer to my last post about stress. From the inside they got placed outside and then into a small greenhouse with the hopes they would recover. ☀Knowing that the sunlight hours here are a touch too short right now for cannabis to remain in a strong vegetative state I risked them flowering. Here are our first to show any signs of sexual maturity and they're males! While I AM hoping to collect pollen this year for breeding, these guys are too small to determine if they're good candidates. 📚Living and learning. I can tell you what I'd do next time! #southernoregon #cannabis #permaculture #notill #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #learning #growing #horticulture #ommp

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radicle.root

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radicle.root

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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aishary92

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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