(a photo from volunteering at Amazing Heart Farm in 2012)
“Hi! My name is Ana and I’m going to be a senior at Gettysburg College this coming fall. I’m a Political Science major, Peace and Justice Studies minor but my real passion is in the field of environmental studies. This past year I’ve been exploring my interest in the food system and environmental activism through study abroad programs in both Denmark and Australia. Aside from gardening I love to hike, hula hoop, and make all kinds of arts and crafts. I’m really excited to be interning at Amazing Heart Farm this summer and I hope to gain a lot of valuable knowledge about gardening while I’m there!”
Ana will be starting toward the middle of June. We can’t wait to have her (and her amazing hula hoop talent) join us!
Last night we had an educational workshop on building rain barrels at Painted Turtle Farm, a student-run Certified Naturally Grown garden at Gettysburg College that also hosts a Community Garden and Training Center. For those of you who are interested in learning how to build your own rain barrel, Bill Mooney did a great job demonstrating the following quick and easy techniques.
- A barrel to collect rain water. Make sure that it wasn’t previously used to hold anything toxic.
- A flexible downspout
- 3/4″ boiler drain
- 3/4 ” barb fitting
- Teflon tape or some type of thread sealant
- A marker
- Snips or a saw of some type
- A drill with a 1 inch bit
- A pair of pliers
- Safety glasses and hearing protection
1. Put the flexible downspout where you’d like it to go on top of the rain barrel and trace the hole to be cut with marker.
2. Wearing safety glasses, cut the hole on top of the barrel with a snips or some type of saw – a few options would be the reciprocating saw (what Bill used), hand saw, rotary cutter etc.
3. Drill a 1 inch hole at the bottom of the barrel for the drain (on the opposite side of where the downspout goes, This allows easy access if the rain barrel is placed against a building) with a hole saw or drill bit.
4. Then drill a 1 inch hole at the top of the barrel for the overflow. This can be drilled at 90 degrees from the downspout or drain.
5. Put thread sealant or Teflon tape on the drain and on the overflow fitting.
6. Then screw in the drain and overflow pipe.
7. Place the barrel where it’s intended to go, elevating it with bricks or concrete or wood blocks to make the drain more accessible.
8. Use a hack saw to cut the gutter and connect the flexible downspout to the gutter. Place the downspout in the barrel (the hole you cut in step 2).
9. Then connect a hose to the overflow fitting and divert it away from the house.
10. . . . And Voila! Now you just have to wait for it to rain
While I love taking pictures, my knowledge on the inner workings of photography is rather basic. So this year, I’m doing a barter exchange (CSA share for photography lessons) with Jerry Gilbert of Jerry Gilbert Photography. We had a great first session this morning – if you’ve ever wondered about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, trust me, he’s your guy!
His gorgeous prints are for sale HERE and if you’re interested in photography lessons, you can contact Jerry HERE.
Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather!
EFFORTLESS GARDENING ™ WITH
THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
OF AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT®
Taught by Bob Hunter, Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®
HAVE A GREEN THUMB WITHOUT AN ACHING BACK!
Experience the joy of gardening and feel great too! In this workshop you will discover that basic gardening tasks such as digging, planting, weeding, hoeing, and raking can be easier and more pleasurable than you ever thought possible. Through a series of gentle, easy-to-do movement explorations you will learn efficient ways to pull, push, squat, lift and carry. This workshop is for those of all ages and degrees of experience. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Bob Hunter is an experienced and certified Feldenkrais® teacher and an enthusiastic gardener. If you have questions please feel free to call him at (717) 328-2363.
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2013, from 10 AM – 4 PM
Cost: $45 (scholarships may be available, check with Elizabeth at email@example.com)
Place: Amazing Heart Farm / 181 Orrtanna Road/ Orrtanna PA 17353
Lunch will be potluck so please bring something to share!
Registration: contact Elizabeth Weller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.339.8443
Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, and Functional Integration®, are registered service marks; and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® is a certification mark of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.
Kendall will be interning with us when she returns from her semester abroad in Panama this June. An Environmental Studies major at Gettysburg College, Kendall is from Rumson, NJ and when she isn’t engaged with her studies, she loves to cook and she enjoys running and being outdoors. She is excited to enjoy the hands on experience as an intern for Amazing Heart Farm this summer. And we’re excited to have her!