Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Prep Mode Activated!

The last two months have been incredibly busy for us here at FASHA. We’ve been working with a great team of dedicated individuals who are helping us get ready for our project launch at the end of May. We’ve been laying the ground work for what we hope will be a spectacular project that the whole Nashville community can get behind.

Tilling in Progress

Tilling in Progress

As we mentioned in the past, the property we use for our urban farm is a “flood zone” property. That means, it’s one of many properties around Nashville that sits unoccupied, indefinitely, because it tends to flood. The specific property we have access to, used to contain two houses, but since the devastating floods of 2010, both houses were permanently removed. Once the houses were removed along with pipes and plumbing, the only thing left was this empty, but glorious piece of land. We have lots of plans for this space, and we will continue to share them with you as we go along.

Measuring the space we will use.

Measuring the space we will use.

Over the past two months, we have gotten some water/plumbing put back unto the property.

We have water!

We have water!

We got a chance to flag the area, where we will first break ground, and install our farm plots.

Master Gardeners and Extension Office give us a hand in flagging the farming plots

Master Gardeners and Extension Office give us a hand in flagging the farming plots

And we have gotten the Sheriff’s office to assist us with tilling the area.

Heavy Machinery At Work

Heavy Machinery At Work

Every week there is something happening on the property to prepare for the project launch, and ceremonial groundbreaking at the end of May.

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Fasha meets Tony of Plumbers of Nashville, Inc

As we continue to bring together the many pieces of the project, we explore irrigation possibilities and having water on the property for thefunctioning of the garden. With that in mind, we met with Tony, a plumber and owner of Plumbers of Nashville, Inc at the garden site. During our visit, we assessed what would be ideal for the kind of garden we would like to set up. He had great insights as to how to bring in the water and we plan to continue consulting with him on this. Continue to check in on us to see what we’ve been up to!

We have Yellow Bibiscus on our minds

Cause they’re so darn beautiful aren’t they?

Yellow Hibiscus.

We need one of these on our farm

Maybe a couple.

Garden Chair, courtesy of: http://www.interior-hits.com

Forget Not…

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. – Khalil

The FASHA team meets Knowledge Academies and Ada’s Rules teams!

Team FASHA continues to work on the urban farm initiative. We cannot wait to break ground and to get this project up and running. Earlier this month, we met with Knowledge Academies and Ada’s Rules author Alice Randall, Katie Sulkowski (Ada’s Rules), and Trevor Henderson (NashVitality). We discussed possible partnerships, which ranged from creating a green campus, to book clubs, to fitness activities all in an effort to make health a priority for our communities in the Nashville area.  Beyond exploring ways to collaborate, we learned the many benefits of sweet potatoes. It turns out that sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, contain vitamin A and fiber, and can be stored away for about three months! Who knew?! Stay tuned to our blog to hear more about our efforts towards building self-sustaining communities through urban farming!

We’ve missed Spring Planting

But we are on for fall. Still planning, organizing, researching, and finding.