The Downtown Teaching Farm is a collaborative project of Boise High School. A sustainable urban organic farm, farmed by students of Boise High and community members, in the heart of downtown Boise.
Operating as usual
Flowers for daze…
Wednesday 7/27 at 8pm, to avoid the crushing heat, come pick some flowers. Small up-cycled glass vases available. Family friendly, open to all.
If you know, you know!
Flower picking event last night was beautiful, hope we can do it again!
U Pick flowers! Wednesday 7/20 7pm. Small glass vases will be available and free. Come meet our community gardeners, learn how to get involved, and pick a few bouquets! 🏵🏵🏵
Rose Milkweed ❤️✨💕
Beautiful summer evening…from the friendly urban wild…
A summer of flowers and abundance, join us anytime...
Join us on Tuesdays. No experience necessary, family friendly. 💜🌱 This week we will be pulling grasses (so easy and satisfying after the rain) and planting seed crops for and BHS Environmental Science.
These geraniums are feeling cooped up. May 9, 2022. ❄️❄️🌱
Baby flower seed crops and germ tests… such spring fever.
Two of our seeds crops are featured in this post from SRSC. Yay for Cactus Zinnia and Bradbury’s Monarda and all the other new for ‘22 crops and for local seed!
Looking at adding another layer of organizational structure for 2022, please apply or pass it on!
Downtown Teaching Farm, Community Garden Coordinator Application So exciting to be adding in another leadership position at the Downtown Teaching Farm
Seed Crop Focus: Cactus Zinnia. This precocious full sized zinnia just loves to bloom. With 3-5” blossoms in vibrant sherbet colors, their slightly curled petals leave some room for playful mid-summer delight.
The music pulled me around the corner on my way up the steps, while holding a tray of dirt and pots in one hand, purse, lunch and everything else for the day. I just had to pause and admire these young artists, and their charismatic teacher, who have made the impossible possible.
Despite stay at home orders, social distancing, and now remote learning district-wide, thanks to our neighbors and volunteers, we have a resilient school farm. The little farm that could.
Great info graphic here! How short can we make our food chains and support local farmers?
You too could be that happy!
Growing Onions from Sowing to Harvest
Hello friends, I hope you are all staying well - I'm working on a plan for the coming season - it will be our 10th! Good news, there are a ton of spring greens coming up from my students' cover crop experiments. For now, please know that starting seeds at home to bring to the farm in the future would be very helpful! https://downtownteachingfarm.blogspot.com/2020/03/spring-seedling-and-spring-planting.html
Meet up and clean up on Saturday!
A recent article about our project in a publication of the Green Schools National Network - Thanks to our partners, students, administrators and volunteers for supporting our work here at Boise High and the Downtown Teaching Farm! https://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/room-to-root-at-boise-high-school-a-nearby-vacant-block-has-sprouted-a-project-based-learning-movement/
Our seed starting recommendations are all available here on our blog - http://downtownteachingfarm.blogspot.com/ You can sign up for the blog at the toward the bottom - enjoy 8 season's worth of pics of teenaged urban farmers...
Out in the garden, it’s an e-scape.
Don’t forget to harvest your scapes folks, they can be eaten pretty much any way you would prepare garlic or green beans, and are also beautiful in bouquets.
Gardeners come together Saturday 9:30-11:00 and Tuesday 6:30-8:30p hope to see you there!
It’s been a fabulously busy few weeks at the DTFarm.
Somewhere under the rainbow...
Happy Earth Day from the Downtown Teaching Farm!
Bedtime at the DTFarm.
Downtown Teaching Farm's cover photo
Downtown Teaching Farm
Seed saving and cafeteria harvest on a truly beautiful day in Boise, Idaho. Boise High School As always we're ever thankful for our neighbors, supporters, and community gardeners for making this outdoor laboratory possible.
Meanwhile at the DTFARM...
Lovely rainy morning at the DTFarm!
washingtonpost.com Studies show being in nature can improve impulse control and immunity, among other positive effects.
Garden Together this evening 7-9 all are welcome!
Some helpful tips month by month... https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/monthly-garden-calendar-pacific-northwest-united-states
rodalesorganiclife.com Organic Gardening Month-to-Month Almanac
Downtown Teaching Farm
Celebrate all that rain by hoeing and planting! Garden Together tonight from 7-9 (Lance will lead the group) and Saturday from 10-noon (Ali will lead the group)! All are welcome!
Thought many of you would enjoy this post, see you all soon for planting today 10-12, and probably tomorrow morning too!
Eating Flowers: Most recently I've been eating the flowers of violet, dandelion, garlic mustard, red bud, gill-over-the-ground, and purple dead nettle tossed into salad. Another lovely thing to do with edible flowers is to stir them into softened butter (raw and grassfed preferred). Of course adding them to any dish adds a decorative touch, especially cakes. Eating flowers has been an obsession of mine for years, perhaps I am attracted to them for their high bioflavonoid content, or just because they are beautiful.
~ Have you eaten any flowers lately, and if yes, which ones?
~ Here is our Edible Wild Flowers Print that celebrates this obsession and helps with identification and harvest.
This print only features a dozen. What other ones can you add to the list?
~ More about our Edible Wild Flowers Print here http://www.botanicalartspress.com/shop/edible-wild-flowers-print
~ Update (5/28/17) We just turned this Art Print into a poster that makes it much more affordable: http://www.botanicalartspress.com/shop/edible-wild-flowers-poster.
~ More about our book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi (me), illustrated by Wendy Hollender. Book link ~ http://bit.ly/1Auh44Q
Learning. Is. The. Best.
Just a fantastic cool week at the farm! Thank you everyone who's been helping at the DTFarm! 🐝🌻🌍
Bee the Change...
Downtown Teaching Farm
The Downtown Teaching Farm is currently seeking 1) a manure sponsor 2) a hardwood mulch sponsor and 3) a water sponsor. Also wondering about a partner brewery, kitchen, or mill for spent brewers-type-grain, and post food production composting. In kind and $ donations are tax deductible through the amazing Boise Schools Foundation. If you have ideas of local partnerships we could make to improve fertility and bypass the landfill please share your ideas! Best contact: [email protected] Thank you!
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