Sunday, March 22, 2009

Organic gardening goes vogue

Breaking news from the White House lawn: Michelle Obama will be planting an organic garden this summer, with the help of some local elementary school kids.  Heck-yes!!!  This will be the first vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden.  Michelle is starting the garden in hopes it will connect kids with healthy, locally grown food.  

Back on the home front, Big Hill is now in the possession of seeeds, many of which we will be starting  the week after spring break.  Must of us will not look nearly as classy as Mrs. Obama while we do it, however...

Gosh, I hope J. Crew makes overalls.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

spring fever

During the last few weeks we have begun to experience fleeting sneak previews of the promising spring and summer to come.  Suddenly people are getting excited about things like digging, planting, sun-bathing, and other wonderful growing-season activities.  
The new farm crew took a first stroll to the land today, where we thought nice thoughts about the possibilities of what that land could look like in another couple months.
(Above is a picture of some the the farm team, rockin'.)

Monday, March 2, 2009

welcome to big hill student farm!

Hello!  Welcome to Adventures at Big Hill, a blog following the development of Big Hill Student Farm.  Big Hill is a new student-initiated project at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN.  As of this moment, our farm-to-be land is under a beautiful layer of snow, but we are busy working on planning, coalition-building and grant-seeking.  

Our mission is create interest in sustainable agriculture, food security and ethical eating here on campus.  We will do this by farming a diverse assortment of fruits and vegetables on about 1-acre of land behind the school Arboretum.  We are interested in making this operation as bio-intensive and holistic as we can, so we plan to have chickens and composting, among other things.  

That's all for now.  Coming soon: meet-the-farmer profiles and farm project updates!

May the sun shine kindly upon you (and your crop!),