Friday, January 21, 2011

The Neighborhood Garden Party Blog

My friend Jill has an amazing blog - the Neighborhood Garden Party'll love it!

Mark Your Calendar- February 12th - A FREE Tree Pruning Workshop (Hands On)

Event: Tree Pruning Workshop at The Simple Farm
Instructor: John Eisenhower, Aborist
Saturday, February 12, 2001 
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Place: The Simple Farm - 9080 E. Cactus Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cost: FREE!

Come learn the basic tree and shrub pruning skills from Certified Arborist John Eisenhower.  John will provide instructions on the how, why and when of proper pruning.  He will explain the two worst pruning mistakes, how to train young trees for good structure and how to restore badly pruned plants and more.  In addition to a pruning demonstration, there will be a hands-on session to practice what you've already learned by helping prune some of the 50 trees planted last year on The Simple Farm.  Small class size means time for answering questions about your own trees and shrubs.

This workshop is limited to 20 people.  To reserve your spot for this workshop - please respond to and type "Tree Pruning Workshop" in the subject line. RSVP by Saturday, February 5th.

Coffee, tea, soda, water and Michael's homemade chevre' (goat cheese) and crackers will be served.

Instructor John A. Eisenhower is the owner of Integrity Tree Service, Inc in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He's an ISA Certified Arborist (We-5213A) and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists.  John is a certified Treecare Safety Professional (#00393)  

Integrity Tree Service 
office:  602.788.0005
fax:  602.788.0006
cell: 602.796.1034

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Girls

Tuesdays Farm Store . . .

. . . kept us quite busy.  We estimated at least fifty people stopped by our farm this past Tuesday.  It seemed as if it was the day where - finally - all those people who'd driven by our signs on Cactus Rd, finally got the courage to stop, park, say 'hello' and shop.

It was quite the busy busy day and we loved it!

Most of our produce sold out quite fast and farm shoppers are realizing that it's a good thing to come early.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Simple Farm UPdate . . .So, What are WE doing?

It's been a busy week since the bobcat visited our farm and took out 70 hens.  Michael's been busy repairing and shoring up every tiny space that a cat could squeeze its body through. Finally, our seven new girls (thanks to the gift of these beautiful hens that Bobbie - in Mesa gave) and our five remaining girls, were able to enjoy the spaciousness of the hen yard. We enjoy watching them scratch and dig and dig and scratch some more.

The day of our attack, I called Western Ranchmen and had them hold ALL the pullets they had left. Seventeen babies came to our farm later that afternoon - thanks to our daughter and grandkids who took the trip to WR to pick them up.

Those babies have since graduated from the baby coop - to the teen coop and now to the inner coop of the hen yard. My do they grow fast.

Subsequently, Michael and took the trip out to The Stock Shop - way out on 67 ave and Thunderbird and bought what they had left...those babies are now chirping away in what we call the "teen-age' coop. In time they'll join the other girls in the 'inner coop' of our bigger hen yard.

Needless to say, I'm still a bit skiddish - I jump easy even at the sight of one of our farm cats....trusting that time will improve and calm my nerves.

So, not only has much time been spent on the hen coops but also in planning for a lovely spring harvest. I've planted a ton of tomato starts along with bell peppers and some herbs like basil. Our plan is to be able to sell some of these starts at our Tuesday farm store.

Today, we're doing some forward thinking as to our tomato garden area. Last season we had 100 heirloom tomato plants and when we began to sell at the market - we'd always sell out. This season we've decided to increase our production quite a bit.

Heirloom tomatoes are part of the spring/summer centerpiece of The Simple Farm. So, today we're evaluating increasing that space and will begin the prep work this week.

Another thing we've been mulling over is beginning a CSA and changing our Tuesday market day to Saturdays. More news on those things to come.

Back to work now :-)