We are direct seeding in the high tunnel at Bounty Garden… peas, beets, spinach, carrots, radish, basil and cilantro. A technique we are trialling in and around the newly seeded beds to stay ahead of the weeds is FLAME WEEDING. Here is a clip of our first day.
By: Amanda Chu, Bounty Garden Manager
We have got big plans this year. Bounty Garden is focusing on more ways we can FEED THE PEOPLE and to grow that much food, it takes a lot of intentional time and effort in the spring to prepare for planting and seeding. This year there are about 18 students who are discovering what spring prep is all about in our Spring Garden Management class.
See our plan in the tiered fields: 2016 Student Garden Layout
NWTC’s Bounty Garden is in it’s 4th season, and not only has it been growing food organically, it has also been a very organic process. The past couple years, we have been focused on the education piece of the farm and now that some groundwork has been laid, we’re able to put more time into developing our produce capacity and marketing outlets. So, look for us a the OnBroadway, Wednesday night Farmers’ Market.
We hope to have some students post their experiences and pictures here, so readers can hear the many voices that contribute to Bounty Garden’s success.
Uncovering the mysteries of busted irrigation.
Installing raised beds.
Starting in soil blocks.
- By: Amanda Chu, Bounty Garden Manager
My name is Scott and I’m a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (aka: NWTC). I’m working towards my degree in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems. The goal of this blog is to share my experiences, observations, success and failures as I continue my journey in both my education at school and my personal education in my home garden.
I wish to point out that I’m not an expert in the field of sustainable agriculture. But I hope to inspire and encourage others to continue their own journey in growing and cultivating whatever their heart desires– as long as it means that we are supporting and sustaining our planet. Sustainable agriculture is important not just for the health and wellbeing of ourselves and our family but more importantly for Mother Earth. We must get back to a place where we are incorporating technology and knowledge with the needs of our environment. Conventional agriculture CANNOT continue on the path it’s on and that is where sustainable agricultural practices come into play.
I feel very lucky to have found an educational outlet for my passion: growing food. NWTC offers an excellent program for sustainable agriculture and my school is among only a very small number of schools that offer such a program. We have a four acre garden on campus named Bounty Garden, that allows us to put into practice all that we are learning. One of my intentions is to highlight our progress at Bounty Garden as the growing season continues. Also, I’m going to include my experiences at home.
So that’s it for now. Stay tuned– I hope to entertain, share and encourage. Keep growing and more importantly– keep learning!