3 weeks, $50, and Counting…
This week marks the third weekly produce donation I’ve made from my wicking bed to Victoria’s Women’s Transition House. I was very pleased with the quality and the quantity of the produce today. In just three weeks so far this spring I’ve already donated over $50 worth of organically-grown fresh garden produce! These donations have included my spring crops of baby salad greens, radishes, and stir-fry greens (bok choy / pak choy).
I’ve got four of these wicking beds on the go in various places this year. The one in my garden is dubbed my “Women’s Bed.” I thought I’d spend a blog post to expand upon my reasons for growing this “Women’s Bed” this year:
To give back to my community using my talents and passion
Our family has always made a point to give a portion of our annual income to charity. There are so many choices of organizations who need help and resources. In the past we’ve usually chosen one, written a cheque, and moved on.
This year we’ve decided to connect our values and our passions more directly to our charitable giving. I am so grateful that I am able to use my passion for growing food to support Victoria’s Women’s Transition House with regular produce donations. Everyone has a right to eat healthy food. Unfortunately, as the cost of fresh produce continues to increase this is becoming more difficult. It is my hope that my donations help provide nourishment and enjoyment to some well-deserving women and that this fuels them to take on the challenges of their days.
To be a part of the network of women supporting women
I’ve experienced first hand the power of women’s networks. When women work together and build each other up we all feel the support we need to live our best lives. As girls, we can grow up in environments where competition and jealousy are more common place than mutual encouragement and selflessness. One of the most refreshing parts of leaving my youth behind and embracing my womanhood is leaving behind these girlish ways. I am so blessed to have been empowered, encouraged, and enabled by some inspiring and strong women in my life. I want to do what I can to be a part of this network of women supporting women.
To test out my wicking bed design
In my last post I wrote about some of the things that are working well and not so well in my wicking bed design. The “working well” column far exceeds the “working not so well” column at this point. I’ve taken note of a few design improvements I’ll be making to future beds, and in that way these prototypes have definitely served one of their purposes.
To quantify the amount of produce I can expect annually
I really want to know how much I can grow in one of these gardens, or “Micro Farms” as I’ve started to call them. So far this spring I’ve donated just over $50 worth of produce (based on market price of similar organic produce). And that’s just in the past 3 weeks from an area just over 7 square feet! There will still be more greens, lettuce, peas, and kale to come this spring. In the summer there will be tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, basil, peppers(?) and more. I expect the harvest to last through the end of September and maybe even the beginning of October.
Here’s the tally so far:
- 880 g baby salad greens
- 14 radishes
- 1.2 kg baby bok choy
Each one of the four “Micro Farms” I have in different locations this year is preforming a little differently, based on exposure and local microclimates. My bed is probably the second highest-preforming bed. My friend figures she’s pulled at least $60 worth of baby greens alone out of her bed, and that was a week ago!
Finally, something’s different around here
You may have noticed some branding changes on my website and Facebook page. I’ve been playing around with a new logo. It’s no secret that I’m in the process of trying to figure out how to make a business out of my love of gardening. This new logo is my slightly more professional presentation of the Root and Bud brand. Stay tuned over the next few months for more on this…