Autumn has rolled around and is keeping us on our toes – with blustery wet days following sunny, warm ones. The plants are loving it! In the next few weeks, large tunnel houses are going up as we prepare for the coming cooler months.
At the Addington Farm, we’re all about good healthy plants. But we’re also pretty excited to see people thrive too. At the end of each week, sitting in the post-harvest area with hot cups of tea and maybe a sweet treat, we share our highlights. Things like meeting new neighbours as vegetables are delivered around the neighbourhood. Chats over weeding. Taking veges down to our local school. Things we’ve learnt about ourselves. Or even, just the number of cups of tea consumed that week.
Each week the highlights and the learnings are different for each person. Participation within this space differs as people contribute the unique skills they have. Our mate Dave has a background working in plant nurseries so we trust his eyes to spot the difference between a weed and a plant. Others have the energy (and youth!) on their side when it comes to the grunt labour of digging. Some are just great at spinning yarns with people we meet around the neighbourhood.
One of our values at the farm is ‘naming the good’. We reckon there’s heaps of good to see in our neighbourhood and in each other. Whether it’s the jobs achieved at the farm, the people we meet, or what we learn about each ourselves or each other. By pointing it out we get to celebrate it and hopefully spread the good a little further.
The plants are leaping! With the sun on full blast our sprinklers and drip lines have proven invaluable. Shoutout to GardenBox whose soil is working wonders! The season is great for growing at the moment and we’re keeping busy with harvesting and planting. Our rocket has rocketed.
We had a surplus crop a couple of weeks back and created a pop up stall outside The Addington Coffee Co op, where we sold turnips, radishes, zucchinis, salad mix, rocket and mizuna. It was so great to see the familiar faces stopping by to get their groceries from us.
All in all, we love having a productive farm in our neighbourhood to be a part of. If you’re keen to get involved, send us a message through our website (www.addington.farm) or Facebook, and we’ll make sure to be around when you drop by!
We’re fully into the heat of Summer now, and that means lot’s of veges!
We finished off the season of Spring with the fantastic Addington Fun Fair which was run at St Mary’s. Our bright crops of red and golden beets sold in a flash and we had so much fun chatting to our mates from around the neighbourhood.
With Summer in full swing our crops are soaking up the sun. We have full beds of silver beet, lettuces, kale and more. Our microgreen production is still chugging along in the nursery and our tomatoes are thriving in their tunnel house.
We’re super excited about our first new site: just across the road at 36 Parlane St. Grace, Will, Franc, Luke and Andy have offered their front lawn for us to grow veges on! Check it out if you happen to wander down Parlane St!
Liam is keeping himself busy with every aspect of running the farm. If you’d like to check it out or even get your hands dirty, pop in on a Saturday morning to 29 Parlane St and we’ll show you around.
It’s two weeks until the Addington Fun Fair, and we’re gearing up. We’ve installed a new chiller with the help of rollers and a lot of people power. Our garden beds are properly starting to bloom in the beautiful soil we’ve got from Gardenbox.
We’re in a good rhythm now with four Saturday working bees in a row. Lot’s of people from around the neighbourhood are starting to show up regularly, which is super exciting!
Our microgreen production is now fully underway, and if you try the microgreen garnish served at The Addington Coffee Co-op or Portershed, it will be ours.
We’re keen for all the help we can get! If you’re interested, pop in on a Saturday morning to 29 Parlane St and we’ll show you around.
It’s the second week of spring, our fruit trees are blossoming and the birds have come back. We’ve kicked off spring with a load of new soil from Garden Box. With a fresh landscape of fertile earth Liam has got busy already digging new beds. They’re looking great!
A crew of students from Lincoln University also came to help us out by digging some dirt and setting up some new tunnel houses (thanks to you!) We’re very encouraged by both the weather and the amount of support we’re receiving from our city.
As always, feel free to pop down to 29 Parlane St on a Saturday morning to say hi!