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🍄We got another delivery of spent mushroom blocks a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we haven't had as much time as we would like to spread them, but we finally got around to some of them. These ones are still kicking out huge 'shrooms! So excited to see how they do in the soil.🌾

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🌱 Last year we planted 6lbs total, this year we planted 12lbs. Last year we planted on October 28th, this year we planted on November 21st. The fall has been so mild that we kept thinking we had more time! Alas, they're all tucked in and ready to kick butt.

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😱 Where did summer go? Where has our garden gone? Farmers market came and went; October flew by overnight and November is looking to do the same. 🍂The truth is, we have been a bit disconnected. As a family, all of our time is eaten up by helping friends and family with their agricultural activities and our little garden goes to the wayside - for a minute. 🌱 But! The favor has been returned. Nana cleared our bean beds and trellis; collected the dry seeds like jewels of old. Ray and Fred laid mulch for our paths in the West garden. 😴 There is still much to be done. It's time to apply some compost, plant (late) garlic, sow cover crop, and mulch with leaves. She is tired, but not quite tucked in.

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We've spent weeks gathering materials to amend the gardens; wood chips, manure, leaves soon, and MUSHROOMS! Yesterday we picked up 40 or so of these spent mushroom blocks from a local grower. . . The hope is that they colonize parts of the soil and bring new life, and maybe some mushrooms! We are constantly working to improve soil health and provide ourselves with additional sources of home-grown food. . . Featured here are pink oysters. . . . . . . #gardeningwithmushrooms #fungi #pinkoystermushrooms #mycology #queerfarmers #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #queerdirt #countryqueers #growwhatyoueat #growingfood #instagardeners #ediblegarden #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #homegrown #homegarden #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardening #gardenlife #greenthumb

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🍃A happy little squash curly.🍃 The wind is chilly and mornings are becoming extra dewy. I can't believe it's already September 20th. The harvest moon and first day of autumn fall on the 22nd. We will be having our annual harvest party this Saturday. It's a little way to celebrate with friends and family everything that has/will come off the field this year. It's a good time to offer up gratitude to the Earth and all she allows us to do. We are always so blessed. #aishaatgg #harvest2018 #autumn #fall . . . . . . . . . . #queerfarmers #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #queerdirt #countryqueers #growwhatyoueat #growingfood #instagardeners #ediblegarden #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #homegrown #homegarden #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardening #gardenlife #greenthumb

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😅 Jeez beans ya'll! Our pole beans are soooooo abundant it's kinda hard to believe. These beans were grown in the same spot as out spring peas that did not do so hot. We harvested several pounds today and are going to do some canning and freezing tomorrow! Watch our story for updates! #beans #greenbeans #polebeans #jeezbeans . . . . . . . . . . #queerfarmers #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #queerdirt #countryqueers #growwhatyoueat #growingfood #instagardeners #ediblegarden #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #homegrown #homegarden #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardening #gardenlife #greenthumb

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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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🥒We harvested our first little set of #cucamelon this week! They're fun little sour cucumbers. Refreshing cucumber taste on the front and a little sour limey flavor on the back. So fun! . . . . . . . . . . #sourmexicangherkins #queerfarmers #womenwhofarm #queerswhofarm #enbieswhofarm #queerdirt #countryqueers #growwhatyoueat #growingfood #instagardeners #ediblegarden #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #homegrown #homegarden #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardening #gardenlife #greenthumb

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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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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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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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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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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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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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