Serviceberry tree ripening on East Lake Dr. in Oakhurst
Okay yall, let’s get down to business. We are going to go on several small picks this week — no more than an hour apiece — and then we’ll have 2 normal sized picks this weekend, the first at Freedom Park on Saturday morning, and the second on Sunday at an undisclosed/we-haven’t-figured-it-out-yet location. What else could you possibly be doing this weekend? Come on out!
If you haven’t had serviceberries, they’re not too far from a blueberry and they grow all of the place, thanks to our dear friends at Trees Atlanta.
Our record for most serviceberries donated is about 80 lbs., set in 2011. Help us beat it this year! Sign up for one or many picks in the sidebar on the right.
For those of you who can’t make it out on the weekends…
And may want to get a little workout after sitting at a desk all day, we are going to start having farm happy hours a couple Mondays a month! We will be painting signs, weeding, mulching, and planting this Monday, April 15, from 6-8 pm. Please feel free to bring yourself, your loved ones, your co-workers, and your favorite liquid libations.
Dog Head Farm:
1117 Birch St
Atlanta, GA 30310
See you there!
Hi folks — we’ve got the last few fruit trees going in the ground this Sunday, and we’d love your help with it! Several fruit trees and bushes will be going in at the Friends of English Avenue’s garden plot across from the Lindsay Street Baptist Church.
For reference, the English Avenue Historic District is where one of our mini orchards went in a few weeks ago. It is a 5 minute drive from the Georgia Dome, has probably 10% of its houses boarded up, and when HELP did a survey of 500 men in the neighborhood, 420 of them were Vietnam veterans. It is a different Atlanta over there, and I highly recommend you visit. It is an eye-opening experience, especially in light of the current discussions surrounding hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars soon to be spent on a new dome.
We will be meeting at the Techwood Community Garden at 2pm on Sunday. We’ll be meeting folks from Atlanta Union Mission, and together carpooling from there to English Ave. Please come out!
To all of you that didn’t come out and help plant trees with us on Sunday: it was probably very nice inside your warm homes away from the snow outside. But still, shame on you.
We probably could not have picked a worse day for planting a bunch of trees, but c’est la vie. There were about 9 of us altogether, and we got 15 trees in the ground in 3 different locations in about 2 hours. Not bad! They will soon appear on the food map, but we had 2 persimmons, 2 figs, 3 pears, 6 apples, and 2 plums go in.
We cannot thank our volunteers enough for doing manual labor on the coldest day in a long time, and we owe much gratitude to those of you whose donations made these mini orchards possible in the first place. Thank you all so much!
We may have also recently received a small cache of fruit trees unexpectedly donated to us, so we will hopefully have some more orchard projects in the near future. Stay tuned!
Woohoo! 23 new fruit trees from the ALFI fruit tree sale, purchased with your donations! Thank you all so much!
3 Arkansas black apples
1 Fuji apple
2 Gala apples
1 Stayman apple
1 Dorset Golden apple
1 Anna apple
1 Celeste fig
1 LSU Purple fig
1 Moonglow pear
1 Asian pear
1 Kieffer pear
1 Hanna-Fuyu persimmon
1 Methley plum
1 Bruce plum
2 Damson plums
1 Alapaha blueberry
1 Powderblue blueberry
1 Premier blueberry (ooh la la)
1 Britewell blueberry
We’ll be having a planting event foe these guys and gals next Sunday most likely. Details are coming, and thanks again y’all!