Farmer Training Journal

#12 Goodbye Winter plants, Hello Spring

March 29, 2017 by Abby Lopez A new season begins as we headed into April. Along my way to the farm, I peered out the window to notice a colorful spectacle of vibrant California poppies of orange, yellow marigolds,  pink tints of cherry blossom trees across the highway green spaces and neighborhood lots among the asphalt pavements. Spring has been one of

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Alopez: OCFAC Urban AG Workgroup Agenda: Strategy and Structure #11

March 15, 2017  Abby Lopez Today I had observed my second meeting of the Urban Agriculture Workshop agenda at the Village Training Room. I saw a few familiar faces and two new acquaintances that joined in on the meeting. Some members, unable to attend, were on speaker phone! We had the great news today as Christina Hall, the executive director of OCFAC, announced

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Alopez: Data Collection #10

March 8, 2017 by Abby Lopez As we have a month left of training and with our upcoming project due next month, I reflect over the teachings of Mollison who once has said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and

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Alopez: Pruning #9

March 1st 2017  by Abby Lopez As we looked upon the garden, the bees flocked to the flowers.  Winter’s scenery of barren trees, muddy tracks and falling leaves fade as the new season begins. Buds are budding, sprouts are sprouting, Spring has sprung. With all this new growth in Spring, it is time to learn to the pruning basics. Today we learned

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Alopez: Festival #8

February 25, 2017   by Abby Lopez What is better than bringing people together than with good food?… Good food and Art!  Today we will be learning about community outreach. In the community of Santa Ana at Saddleback Highschool,  a festival was held where many organizations gathered together preparing booths, informing families and making their services and products available to

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Alopez: Planning a Garden #7

February 22, 2017 by Abby Lopez Our lesson plan for today is learning about the fine art of Garden Planning! I was feeling under the weather today after a long work weekend but excited to learn nonetheless. I have always been wanting to start my own home garden and some how get myself involved in learning how to apply it.

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Alopez: Food Access Coalition Meeting #6

February 8, 2017 by Abby Lopez Rows of homes, large swimming pools, shopping malls, liquor stores, drive thru, pavements, highways and byways all were part of my upbringing growing up here in Orange County. Although I was disciplined in many other ways, I would describe food access as instant and convenient. But later I realize not everything in the prettiest packages are the

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Alopez: Cultivating Hope #5

 February 2, 2017  by Abby Lopez According to the 2012 census bureau, 80% of the population of the United States live in urbanized areas and farmers are composed of 1% of the US population. With these grave statistics in mind as the population increases, there is a growing need to learn small scale agriculture in an urbanized community especially to the destitute and

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Alopez: Defining the Concepts of Cultivating Together #3

January 18 and January 19 2017  by Abby Lopez Today we become familiar the theoretical terms of permaculture and regenerative agriculture. These principles guide  practices of mimicking the relationships found in nature and regenerating unhealthy environments to promote biodiversity. 3 Ethics of Permaculture are: Care for Earth Care for People Return the Abundance 12 Principles of Permaculture are : CULTIVATORS C reate

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Rain or shine

Last Sunday was Raining but that didn’t stop us from doing some harvesting. I was able to see how the rain fall did not flood the crops due to trench’s Jemery and JD had dug to keep the water controlled.  I learned how the mulch regulates waters flow and helps prevent erosion . Share This:

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