Spring is so close; I can smell it, and see it!
All of the rain we have enjoyed here in Northern California this year has brought with it the promise of vigorous growth for all living things as our seasons begin to change: plants, animals, people… you name it.
Check out the beautiful colors of the lovely Spinach and Berry Salad that Rachelle prepared during her cooking class. It has all the elements of a healthy meal: deep green, calcium and Vitamin B-rich spinach; bright colorful berries that are not only gorgeous but high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber; and almonds which contain protein, fiber, magnesium, and Vitamin E. I see Spring!
On that note, don’t forget to spring forward on Sunday March 12th, and get ready to celebrate the first day of spring on March 20th.
When PFI's garden leader, Robert, recently laid eyes on a nifty compost sifter at a local community garden, he knew he wanted one. After all, he and our group of trusty gardeners are already making their own compost on site with our own worm castings, hugelkulture, and trimmings from our on site organic learning garden.
What purpose does a compost sifter provide? It is used to sift out unfinished compost and other chunky debris from what is ready to be used.
Crans, who is PFI's Craft & Science leader (as well as an Engineer, making him the ideal DIY aficionado) set out to create his own design. Once the design was complete, the participants employed the use of plywood, PVC piping, deck screws and a length of chain to get the job done. The chain allows the height of the sifter to be easily raised or lowered, depending on where it is being used. For instance, directly over a bin, a seed tray, or over the top of a wheelbarrow.
With help from Allen and Ryan, the job was completed in no time flat. Robert is now a happy composter, and everyone who worked on the project was able to enjoy a sense of accomplishment through teamwork, planning, math...and the use of power tools! Nice work, fellas!