Monday, November 11, 2013

Transition Time

"Leaves are falling all around, it was time I was on my way.  To you I'm much obliged, for such a pleasant stay. " - Led Zeppelin's Ramble On

SAGE sure is in a state of seasonal transition.  Summer bounty enjoyed a pleasant stay and now it's moved on its way.  As the leaves have been falling (and delivered in huge piles!), the garden has taken the last month to transition from a space flagrantly bursting with fresh foods to one still full of produce, but more subtle in its glory.  Replacing the showing colors of eggplants, tomatoes and peppers, now there are the bright colors of radishes and beets who's hue only peeks through the soil surface.  Squash and cucumber vines no longer sprawl, now we have bok choy and mustard greens blanketing the soil.   The greens that were a bit lackluster all summer long have now come into their full glory.  Kids are eating the kale raw again, chard is glowing and the broccoli is actually producing delicious side shoots rather than bolting straight away.  This time of year, the greens reign supreme.

Ducks help HP employees mulch!
Phi Sigma Rho sisters help clean onions


To help with this transition into the winter months, we've had 18 work parties in a one month period of time!  The outpouring of community support has been immense and I'm so grateful for all the hard work that has been completed.  The garden is in a better state than I could have imagined.  Thank you to all the groups who have contributed to the clean-up and wheeled hundreds of loads of leaf mulch!  The garden looks amazing and will be protected and nourished throughout the winter so we can continue growing quality produce for those in need throughout our community!





Thanks to the different community volunteer groups: Corvallis Rotary Club, HP Employees, OSU Soils Students, OSU GEO 300 Students, OSU Food for the World Students, Phi Sigma Rho Sorority, Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity, Chemeketa Community College Biology Students, Crescent Valley HS National Honors Society, Crescent Valley HS SEA Club, Leadership Corvallis, and our Tuesday evening regulars!
Colors from the fall/winter garden!

Delicious greens!