Bayview Veggies

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My 1st Week at Farming

My name is Rhonda and for the last 22 1/2 years I've been a banker.  Well, with things as they are in the world right now, layoffs are inevitiable and that is what has happened to me.  I've been "severed" and now join my partner Jack in our farming endeavor.   I am a farming banker! 

I'm reflecting on what I did yesterday and the contrast between the "real work" and "paper work" is astonishing!  I planted 100 strawberry plants, harvested many pounds of jicama (and that, my friend is not an easy task!) and harvested jicama seed. 

I started this blog on December 10 and today is December 29.  I visited the strawberry plants today and they are looking lovely!  Last week Jack mowed down some oat hay and we snuggled the little plants with hay.  They look so pretty with their dark green leaves against the brown hay. 

The other thing we did today was "turn" our compost heap.  It is really starting to cook and smells so nice!  We have about 1,000 seedlings in flats and will use the compost to prepare beds to receive the seedlings.  We have lettuces, bell peppers and habanero peppers to go in. 

Will write more later!  Gotta fix dinner now . . .

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Hi Rhonda, what a great story! I bet we'll be seeing a lot of this in the next few years.

Posted by Guillermo Payet on December 30, 2008 at 10:37 AM CST #

Since you are a former banker, do you have any ideas of how the mainstream farmers will be doing this spring? The news I get out of the Capitol Press indicates the banks will end up starving out many farmers because they are too timid to lend. Also, I really like the CSA model, because I get capital upfront. Do you have any other ideas on meeting capital needs for small farmers? The only other thing I have come up with is the microloan idea and the efforts of a group in San Francisco (I forget their name).

Posted by Walter on December 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM CST #

Hi Walter - what I can tell you is nothing new . . . credit is tight! We are just starting out and are hitting the local farmers markets. There is one that is held in our city every Saturday through the end of February and I'm searching the internet for others. The other thing we are considering is joining a co-op. We attended an organizational meeting last night and it sounds promising. Also, there is an organization called Accion International that might be helpful. Check them out and good luck!! The other organization that the co-op is going to tap is called Heifer International. Perhaps one of those two could help you out. Good Luck!

Posted by RHONDA RECIO on January 01, 2009 at 08:34 AM CST #

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