Salem, OR 97306
We are asking for our volunteers to help us this next week to collect cardboard for our new living green fence at Elderberry Wisdom Farm. made a lot of progress at the farm the past two years, mostly thanks to our amazing group of volunteers. Just this past month, we potted over 800 Native plants in our temporary greenhouse. They will be gradually planted on the property here in the next 6 months. We are now getting ready to create our living green fence along the property line by the road where many of the potted plants will be planted later this year. (description below) UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Help is needed this next week through Wednesday, April 14: We need our friends to help us by calling around and finding recycled cardboard for us this next week. If any of you can help us to collect cardboard between now and the 15th, it would be so welcomed. Just email or call me and keep me updated on progress. You can either bring it to the farm or you can also email me with details and our team can pick it up by Thursday, April 15. Thursday, April 15 (from 10 am to noon and then 1 pm to 3 pm): Our volunteers will lay the cardboard down on the property line by the road. This is approximately 250 feet x 6 feet so a lot of cardboard is needed in preparation for wood chips being added the next two days. More info on this "lasagna method" of habitat restoration is below. Friday, April 16: a friend of board member Alana Johnson is coming in with his tractor to scoop up the piles of wood chips we have been able to accumulate this past two months since the ice storm. He will pile piles on top of the cardboard along the fence line. We won't request volunteers that day since the heavy equipment will be moving around on the property. Saturday, April 17 from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm: We are asking volunteers to help us rake the wood chips and create a level surface on top of the cardboard. Background on our Living Green Fence: A living green fence, instead of being constructed of barbed wire, metal or wood, is constructed by planting and growing living bushes, shrubs and trees, and ground cover. In our case, these will all be Native plant species, including pollinators, first foods and medicinal species. Many of these plants are the starts you helped us to pot this past month. The roots of a living fence protect the soil and reduce erosion. The foliage of a provides shade and creates a windbreak for our new greenhouse being constructed this summer. The branches will offer wildlife habitat to bees, birds, squirrels and chipmunks and other small mammals and other welcome critters, including the family of Black Tailed Deer that walk through the property daily. Living fences also act as a sound barrier since we are so close to I-5 to the east of us, and Delaney Road SE which runs along the south side of our property. Background on the "Lasagna" method of building the garden: We will add layers of organic materials, in our case, mostly recycled cardboard and wood chips, that will "cook down" over time, resulting in nutrient-rich soil that will help the Native trees, shrubs and plants in our living green fence thrive. Also known as sheet composting, lasagna gardening is beneficial for the environment because you're turning yard waste you'd add to a normal compost pile into organic fertilizer to grow the new plants. If you can help us this month, or if you have Q's, just let us know. We have 3 rakes here, but if you have a rake that you can bring, that will help us since we still have limited supplies of farm tools and equipment. Special thanks to our new Volunteer Committee which includes two Elderberry Wisdom Farm board members, Sadie Watson and Alanna Johnson and our new staff member, Kali Harrison. They will join me in planning all the activities at the farm this year and sharing the details on social media. Thanks, Rose Rose High Bear (Deg Hit'an Dine, Inupiaq) Founder Elderberry Wisdom Farm 2281 Delaney Road SE email@example.com
Date Posted: Apr 6, 2021
Salem, OR 97306
The Native American non-profit corporation, Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm, will hold a COVID-19 safe outdoor volunteer activity on upcoming weekends May through July on Saturday mornings and afternoons at our two-acre elderberry farm. Other days and times may be available on request for those who would like to join us but can't make it at these times. We will make introductions and then acquaint volunteers with the restoration of Native plant species, especially including the Native Blue Elderberry species for which our farm is named. Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm is a small two-acre farm that is developing its first crop of Native plant species and will continue to develop, expand and prepare new garden beds as we plant young plants through the the winter and spring. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which helps Native Americans and others of all ages and ethnicities learn more about restoring Native plant species in our local ecosystem. Property owner and Native farmer, Rose High Bear and TEK Educator Kali Harrison will begin activities outdoors with a short circle of introductions. She will teach about Native American horticulture, including the importance of restoring traditional First Foods, plus Traditional Ecological Knowledge principles that provide a Native perspective on the environment. After a brief introduction, the group will continue to work on the property where we are installing a living green fence (hedgerow) and tending the blue elderberry patch. We may need to protect the new plants with sheet mulch (lay down cardboard and bark chips) to reduce growth of invasive species. We have 19 species of over 500 Native plants which we have purchased and will be tending through this year. They will be planted along this 350' space in the fall. If you have questions about the volunteer activities, please feel free to contact Kali Harrison by email at kali.elderberrywisdom.gmail.com.
Date Posted: Aug 27, 2019