Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Greens Harvest #1

Here at the Extension office, I have raised beds that contain mustard, turnips, and kale.  Today I harvested about 7.5# of greens.  Here's the breakdown:

Mustard -- 5.05#
Turnips -- 1.61#
Kale -- 0.88#
TOTAL = 7.54#

The picture to the right shows kale, turnip greens, and mustard greens, the entire first harvest from 67.5 sq ft of raised beds.

Mind you, this is only my first harvest. Mustard was by far the largest of the 3 crops, all planted on Aug 15, 2011.  Kale is so lightweight compared to mustard, it may never rival it in the number of harvested pounds.  But on a small scale, you don't exactly make decisions based on yield.  You grow what you like to eat.

Each bed of greens measures 7.5 ft x 3 ft., only 22.5 sq ft of space.

You can grow a lot in a little bit of space, something that's been proven over and over.  Now,  gotta get to finding me some good recipes. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Living on a Few Acres update

Our Living on a Few Acres class has been postponed for 2 weeks.  It seems people keep signing up so we figured we'd do more advertising, try to get several more farms/homesteads to sign up.  The original start date was to be tonight, Oct 11.  However, the first class will now start on Oct 25.

This class is not designed to teach you to be a full-time farmer.  What we want you to get out of it is some helpful, farmer-friendly resources that are available.  We also want to teach you some self-sufficiencies, especially as it pertains to feeding you and your family.  Basics concerning your water resources, fences, paddock sizes, and raising livestock and horticulture crops are just some of the things we'll cover in the six session class.

We are still taking registrations.  The cost is $50 per person or $75 for 2 people from the same farm.  Call the Pulaski County Extension Service office at 606-679-6361 for more information.  We can take credit cards as well.