|Cloughjordan Community Farm (August)|
My first month as a volunteer in Cloughjordan Community Farm has flown!!!
Last weekend we had the opportunity to attend an event in Irish Seed Savers where we learned about the importance of seeds, organic farming and school orchards and gardens.
Here, I'm also learning a lot about organic farming, the use of green manure for soil fertilization, how some plants can be used to inhibit the proliferation of pests on other plant species and the use of compost as a natural fertilizer.
In the evenings, we prepare dinner and always use vegetables that have been harvested on the farm. We are also learning to cook some desserts with the raspberries, blueberries and blackberries that are around the Ecovillage. (The carrot cake is now my speciality!) I discovered a new plant called rhubarb on the farm, It is a vegetable with sweet taste. Only its stem is consumed and it is used for some desserts.
On August 20th we had a permaculture event (All Ireland Permaculture Gathering) and built a compost-shower that heats water through the compost. It's amazing, the water was heated to 50 ° C!!
We never stop learning!! Next month I will write about the new activities that are taking place in the Ecovillage.