Remember, Remember the First of November

IMG_3142The count down begins at the Grange Farm School including two more monday meetings, six pigs and sixty chickens to slaughter, and a tasty thanksgiving farewell party. We begin this week recovering from halloween by tucking our wigs and face paint away and digging out our carhartt’s and boots. Hot Buttered Rum played a benefit show on Friday night where we packed the Grange with costumed dancers and pressed Farm School apples into cider. With that behind us, we throw ourselves into another activity packed week.

Check it out:

Monday:

  • Morning meeting check ins, review of the week past and to come
  • Field trip to Mendocino Organics to meet with Adam Gaska and see his pig operation while learning about feed rations and nutrition
  • Outreach and leadership meetings throughout the day
  • Students plant cover crops and learn animal management practices

Tuesday:

  • Livestock meeting led by capstone student James Edmonson and Ruthie King, with a discussion of rotational grazing
  • Field trip to North Coast Opportunities to learn about and tour their community gardens project with the project director, Steph Logsdon
  • Stopped by FoodHub to drop off 400 pounds of Banana Squash for the Ukiah Unified School District’s Harvest of the Month program
  • Field trip to Doug Mosel’s incredible Mendocino Grain Project warehouse where we will see his many  machines for cleaning grain using principles of size, density, shape, and weight
  • Field trip to Parducci to meet with Tim Thornhill and Jess Arnsteen who will take us on a tour and talk about the winery’s water reclamation process and food production, gorgeous place!

Wednesday:

  • Pig butchering led by Tim Ward
  • Field work, planting cover crops and garlic

Class: Business Planning with Frederick Smith of California FarmLink

Thursday:

  • Chicken processing from 8 am-5 pm, still looking for volunteers! If you or someone you know are interested email us at  info@grangefarmschool.org
  • Selling produce at Willit’s first indoor farmers market of the year

Friday:

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Class: Orchard planning and pruning

Stay warm this week as the ground begins to frost!

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