Well, it turns out that we are probably the worst bloggers in town, probably the state and maybe the entire country! But, on a positive note, we seem to be getting the hang of urban farming. We have been working hard all summer long at our three urban farms in Huntington, WV and we finally have some awesome veggies to show for it. Our first harvest is in the bins!
We had fun today looking for earthworms in the garden. Our project members found over 140 earthworms for our garden beds. We also saw a few other friends in the garden, like this cute little frog hiding in a bush.
We did manage to also get some work done, planting a few more rows of radishes, carrots, and brocoli.
We had a great turnout Monday for our Spring Garden Kick-off. We spent the day cleaning up the garden, turning the beds over and planting seeds and transplants. Our Lettuce Grow team members also had a chance to meet new friends and old as we begin our 2017 growing season.
We finished just in time for the rain to water our hard work!
We have had a really busy spring growing our seedlings in the Greenhouse. Today was our first work day in the Service Learning Garden. Thanks to everyone who came out today to help move the babies from the greenhouse to the garden. More pictures to come later of our Lettuce Grow Inaugural Garden Work Day.
Preparing to deliver another batch of micro-greens to The Wild Ramp this morning. Don’t they look delicious? They are!
That’s just a small sample of today’s harvest of Collard Mix (Collards, Kale and Others), Spicy Mix (a colorful blend of red and green mustards with various textures) & Mild Mix (Mizuna, Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi) micro-greens .
They are also a super-food, providing lots of nutritious stuff!
Don’t believe us? It’s true. In a study at The University of
In a study at The University of Maryland “researchers learned that overall microgreens tend to have higher concentrations of vitamins and carotenoids than the mature plants—many of which fall into the superfood category themselves. Because they are grown from so many types of plant seeds, what specifically they contain varies from plant to plant. Red cabbage microgreens had the greatest concentration of vitamin C—six times more than mature cabbage. It also had 40 times more vitamin E than the bigger plants. Red cabbage, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish microgreens had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin E. Cilantro was the winner when it came to the carotenoids lutein and beta-carotene.
“In general, microgreens contained considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids—about five times greater—than their mature plant counterparts, an indication that microgreens may be worth the trouble of delivering them fresh during their short lives,” said the study.
What does that mean for you? It means more of what you eat your vegetables for. Lutein, for instance, has been found to have an impact on eye health, possibly helping to stave off conditions such as macular degeneration. Beta-carotene may help protect against some cancers. And all the carotenoids are antioxidants, which play a role in maintaining and improving overall health, boosting your immune system and delaying chronic diseases of aging.
If it’s good to eat your vegetables, it’s even better to eat your microgreens.”
One of our project participants expressed it best this week, "things are getting green in here" and they definitely are. Over the last few weeks we have planted hundreds of seeds, and watered lots and lots of sprouts, some days more successfully than others!
We have planted:
Spanish Tomatoes - Green and Purple
Bell Pepper - Green
Arugula Salad Greens
We will be offering some of our young plants in variety 6 packs as part of a spring fundraiser. Shoot us an email to set some aside for your tax-free donation. Our produce will be going into the Farm to School program here in Cabell County and also into the local food system via The Wild Ramp.