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Take a tour of Uncle Harry's Urban Farm!
by Uncle Harry
Welcome to Uncle Harry's Urban Farm!
To add to our series of farm blog posts, we thought we’d first orient you to the farm. Uncle Harry’s Urban Farm is a nine acre property on which is located a six bedroom house, two barns, a greenhouse, a stream connected to the Bear Creek Watershed, and many, many planters full of delicious, organic food. First stop on the tour is our greenhouse!
If you recall, when we acquired the farm four years ago, there was an abandoned greenhouse on the property. We fixed it up and now use it to grow the starters that are then transplanted into the field. Greenhouses support a controlled environment making them great plant nurseries. Here you can see our young sprouts growing over the weeks they live in the greenhouse.
Thriving just outside of the greenhouse are marigolds. Marigolds are great addition to our farm—they are easy to grow, they’re fragrant, and they’ve been growing all summer long. Mature flowers are picked several times a week and sold to the Vedic Cultural Temple to be made into garlands.
Here at the farm, we use and employ different traditional techniques by which you don't need to use equipment, technology and modern methods because nature itself is self sustaining and previously most people lived in self-sustaining villages all around the world. In demonstrating these harmonious techniques, we are allowing nature to work naturally.
An example technique is reflected in our topsoil management plan. We have a topsoil generation process on the farm that once underway will allow us to eliminate the need to plow our fields. Instead, this unique way of producing topsoil promotes all kinds of positive bacteria that continuously generated new topsoil from recycled materials (wood chips, spent grains, and used coffee grinds from local businesses). After these materials breakdown into topsoil, we bring it (along with compost from our kitchens) over to our worm bins where thousands of worms further digest the soil and break it down into worm castings. And voila, you end up with the greatest kind of composted topsoil. Eventually we will get to the point where we are making enough of our own topsoil that we won’t have to till anymore and we can phase out the use of tractors.
Most of the growing happens in planters, of various sizes, that allow us to grow food all year round (yes even in the winter time). We are also employing a traditional African way of watering plants that is very effective. This process utilizes clay pots, made from porous materials, that when filled with water, attracts the roots of nearby plants. The roots of the plants will vacillate toward the pot and get water from the sweating pots. Implementing this technique will help relieve our dependence on sprinkler systems and irrigation.
We grow hundreds of plants at the farm. Vegetables include kale greens, collard greens, Japanese mustards, peas, snow peas, orach spinach, turnips, beets, buttercup lettuce, Hubbard squash, pumpkin, acorn squash, zucchini, sunflower, marigolds, fava beans, tomatoes, corn, red cabbage, and green cabbage. We also grow many herbs and medicinal plants (found in our products) including lavender, peppermint, rosemary, amaranth, calendula, and gongura. Next year, we hope to get a portable distilling unit so we can distill the plants into essential oils right here in the field.
Among all of the plants we have started in our greenhouse and transplanted into our planters, there are also many naturally occurring plants, most of which are edible and/or have medicinal properties (check out our plant profiles and stay tuned for an eco walk with Uncle Harry to learn all about the medicinal plants on the property).
One of our missions here at the farm is to teach people that the earth is self-proliferating. And once you are taught to recognize this, you will never go hungry. All you need is clean water, clean air, healthy earth, and the sun. Oh yea, and cows! We were lucky to get two purebred Gujarati Gyre cows at the beginning of this year. They give you milk, and with milk you can make yogurt and ghee (clarified butter) both of which enhance your health and well-being.
We hope you have enjoyed this virtual tour of the farm and are excited to hear more about the other great things taking place on site.
Thank You Uncle Harry For All You Have Done To Benefit All. I Am So Glad I Connected With You Through Wonderful Rainbow Grocery In San Francisco. I Am Introducing You And Your Products To Some Of Your Nieces And Nephews Out There. Thank You For Being Such A Great Uncle. Your Loving Nephew, Jimmy Walker 807 N. Union Street Natchez Ms. 39120
BY: James Walker on Sep 18, 2016 at 9:36pm
It was fascinating to take the journey through your farm with you. I make very small box gardens each year. I plan to use some of your techniques, especially the watering and compost techniques. I was really impressed. Thanks for sharing!
BY: viola-parker on Oct 26, 2016 at 3:27pm
All the products that your farm produce are one of the best in Washington and makes me feel better that I live here and have access to natural grown minerals are bodies need to survive!!
BY: Damon Jones on Nov 11, 2016 at 6:42pm
do you sell milk, vegetables, ghee etc? Where can we buy these things from?
BY: ritubahl on Dec 1, 2016 at 2:47pm
Was so delighted to find out that this product is from Redmond! I am from Seattle and bought this at PCC as stocking stuffers! All the more reason to buy more toothpaste! I think it tastes great and I love that the glass jar can be recycled vs. all those tubes of toothpaste that go in the landfill. GREAT JOB!!!!!!! p.s. I will continue to give this product as gifts...especially to the little people in my life!!- Rose, Seattle, WA
BY: rose-laughlin on Dec 29, 2016 at 12:34pm
Nice farm! Looks very homestead-y!
BY: katekinard on Jan 4, 2017 at 5:17pm
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