Spring is finally upon us and here at the Green River Preserve Farm, we are extremely excited about that. It has been a blustery, ice-filled winter here at GRP but at last all the fallen limbs are cleaned up, baby goats are hopping about, and the fruit trees are blooming! Farmer Phil has even tilled the field for the first time in 2019 and we are ready to start planting our earliest crops of potatoes, onions, peas, greens and radishes.
Even more exciting, in a little under a month we will be welcoming the first visitors of the GRP season, right here on the farm through our KALE program! For those of you who don’t know KALE, or Kids’ Agricultural Learning Experience, allows us to bring local school children, who might not otherwise have access to these types of experiences and learning opportunities, to enjoy the wonders Green River has to offer. While here, students will learn about sustainable farming practices, stream ecology, animal husbandry, composting, bee keeping, growing herbs, and so much more. Over the past five years that this program has been offered, we have played host to thousands of children and adults from 15 different schools in three different school districts; and we look forward to many more in the years to come. Here at GRP we believe that all children should have the opportunity to play outside and be treated to the wonders of the natural world. Here on the farm in particular we hope visitors will walk away with a clearer understanding of how different types of agriculture shape the environment here at home as well as globally; and how each of us has the power to change the world through everyday choices. And hopefully with the powerful urge to grow their own food Happy growing everyone and we look forward to seeing you on the farm!!
Story by Rachel Meriwether with Photos by Brandon S. Marshall