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Arugula's Star Farm Week 14 Writing & Photos....Film Screening & EEFFD Announcements

Posted 4/14/2018 12:05pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.
What a Beautiful 14th week we have had.  The sun and spring time weather has us all filled with good optimism I am sure.  Lots of doing here going on and finally plantings and plans are starting to line up, at least for the time being.  Nature and Farming TO DO lists always are keeping us on our toes.
A brief picture story and 2 announcements of farm happenings...
We ended up with 10 by 220 row ft rows of Heirloom Fingerlings potatoes, which is a lot of fingerlings.   E. Dutch had his very own system of helping out.  Now if we can just get all hay mulched then we will be as golden as these below collections of dandelions.   
Here shows the no till organic/biodynamic system of our 2018 potato planting.  We were able to secure 40 round bales from a farm just down stream for all of our mulching needs for the 2018 season and beyond.  
One would never know that the field here below has rows of fingerlings planted in it.  See how the nice green cover is still a blanket to the soil.
The 2 Steers are looking great and are loving all the great green grass. 
Heirloom Golden Sweet Snow Peas a coming on!  A long 220 row ft trellised run.  We will be able to meet all your Heirloom Snow Pea Needs in about 1 month... exciting!!
Here we have the first of the Red Thumbs Fingering Potatoes poking up though the Biodynamic Hayey Compost.  

Announcement # 1:
I will be speaking on a Panel at the following event after the screening of the film... looks like a good film so maybe a good outing for a rainy Saturday evening.
Join Slow Food Middle Tennessee as we screen the PBS documentary film Deeply Rooted in conjunction with Belmont University and their Slow Food chapter. A brief panel discussion about seed saving work being done in Middle Tennessee will follow. This event kicks off Belmont's Sustainability Week and is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, April 14th, 5-7pm
Where: Johnson Theater on Belmont University Campus
What: Film screening of Deeply Rooted, a 60-minute film about Tennessee seed saver and farmer John Coykendall. 

More about the film:
For more than 40 years, John Coykendall– a renowned seed saver, classically trained artist and a master gardener at Blackberry Farm resort in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee– has been preserving the seeds, traditions, oral histories and foodways of a small rural farming community in Louisiana. The documentary DEEPLY ROOTED: JOHN COYKENDALL'S JOURNEY TO SAVE OUR SEEDS AND STORIES chronicles how Coykendall has tracked down and safeguarded rare and heirloom varieties of crops historically grown in the region and safely returned them to the descendants of farmers who described them to him decades earlier. Using a mix of historical photographs of the region and its residents, the film traces his work and time spent in the Parish. Through his deeds, John hopes to inspire others to view these rare seeds and stories as grounding us to the earth and rooting us both to our past and our future.

Announcement # 2:
Sunday April 15th from 1:30-4:30
Please come  join us!  

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401


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