News from Sustainable Berea and the Berea Urban Farm
August 30, 2017
Dear Friends of Sustainable Berea,
Here are some updates on our work this summer. Hope you enjoy the photos!
We offered 21 educational classes to more than 275 people. Here, people learn to make bird, bat and bee houses..
We continue to sell rain barrels -- pure white and “painted” barrels.
Twenty-seven families and our locally owned Noodle Nirvana Restaurant bought food from the farm that also produced a variety of vegetables and herbs, fruit and nuts.
We planted 15 raised beds with educational signage to help others grow natives and pollinator friendly plants on their property.
Our four summer interns raised ducks (for egg production!) on the farm; built hotels and houses for birds, bats and bees; created container gardens for Chestnut street businesses; and learned how to run an aquaponics facility (Richard taught this intern at Berea College).
We have welcomed our new Berea College labor student, Julia Roberts, who will be with us for 10 hours per week for the next nine months.
Annette Dangerfield and Holden Dillard are employed part-time with Sustainable Berea in community outreach and non-profit management.
The Kentucky Highlands Association offered us a loan at 1% to pay for our heated greenhouse that will allow us to start our own plants and also provide income from sales of starts and plants to others.
We provided cut flowers to a restaurant this season and hope to vastly enlarge our cut flower enterprise next growing season.
We are excited! Please stick with us as we move into another year of serving our community.
Cheyenne Olson (with Thimble Brain)
Edited by: Julia Roberts