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Some of the resources we have available

We know that trying to decide if this is a good experience for you or a group can be challenging.  One of the requests we had was to show more of the resources we have available here. In response, we divided our resources in to 4 different groupings:

 

1. Site resources that explains more of our land and buildings 

2. Machinery or equipment we use

3. Hand tools and equipment 

4. Irrigation equipment

Site Resources
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This former hog farm has many different elements that make it well suited for both growing the produce as well as hosting groups of volunteers.  

We can store lots of equipment, have a cold room to store vegetables, and plenty of room for volunteers to work and park their cars or even buses.

The land is well suited to grow crops and has a pond fed by tile drainage that is used for both irrigation and some fishing.

Machinery Types of Equipment
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We keep adding equipment as the project grows.  Some of the equipment is fairly standard and some of it is more specialized.  

We try and continually improve how we operate to make it the more practical for our volunteers to participate.

The use of the plastic mulch, mowing between rows, a hooded sprayer and our pond- sourced drip irrigation system are some the reasons for the less common equipment.

Hand Equipment
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We design our project to utilize large amounts of help from less experienced volunteers.  Many of these tools or equipment types are not something people would have readily available.

 

In response to our project growth, we have accumulated enough equipment so that we have been able to successfully host multiple groups over 100 people.  

We still recommend that people bring their own gloves if they have some they prefer.

Irrigation
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One of the keys to our success is the use of black plastic mulch and drip irrigation.  Because we cover over 10 acres at our place, a normal garden hose just won't work.

 

This is not intended to explain all the details of how to irrigate, but rather what equipment we use in our operation.  The use of the water from the pond provides a cheap source that was plentiful even during the summer of 2017.