I made it to my second farm on Monday: Finney Farm in Concrete, WA! Everyone is super welcoming and nice. This week I've worked with two other WWOOFers from Washington who have been at Finney for a month (They both leave today - bye Cat and Jason!).
The ever-welcoming 100 foot tall ex-concrete mill in Concrete
Main street with the Cascades behind
Herb garden with the barn behind
While here I've done various odd projects like transplanting vegetable starts, weeding, and scattering hay on top of grain beds for a mulch layer. Additionally, I've worked on the brand, spankin' new Finney Farm greenhouse. When I first arrived all it consisted of was a metal and wood frame atop non-level ground. Since I've started working we've put the plastic covering on, leveled the ground, built up beds, covered them in plastic, and began transplanting tomatoes.
Though the greenhouse project isn't entirely cohesive with the Finney Farm goal of sustainability (Jennie, the WWOOF coordinator, described it as a "plastic altar"), growing tomatoes does offset other purchases on the farm. By growing a crop of vegetables unaccustomed to Washington weather in a greenhouse, the farm can eliminate future purchases of ketchup, salsa, canned tomatoes, and fresh tomatoes. By making and canning their own tomato products, the farm owners reduce the carbon footprint of their meals by eliminating transportation from farm to store to home.
Hay-covered grain bed and greenhouse
Black, plastic covering on the beds to further raise the soil temperature in the steamy greenhouse
Tomatoes ready to be transplanted!
This weekend I'm heading to Bellingham, WA to check out the town and work on schedule planning for fall.