Our Farm at Lyndale School has had a couple major updates this year. We’ve built a hoop house a good sized hoop house that we will start growing in this winter. Our Farm Stewards have long been at work at putting this project together and the construction process was assisted by our friends at Minnesota Teen Challenge. This fall our Project LEAD and youth from our Lyndale Elementary Afterschool Class have started building the beds within the space.
Over the last year Lyndale School and Community Ed has been working with us to build a fence around the farm. With lumber donated by Siwek’s, youth from Lyndale’s art classes have been designing and painting pickets. Thirty feet of the fence have been installed with more ready to go up, and when its all done the mural will reach around over 100 feet of the farm.
Farm Stewards have also begun strategic planning for how to improve our production and create more youth-friendly spaces at all of our farm sites. Exciting ideas for Lyndale School include re-designing the plots, growing mushrooms, and building a lean-to for shade on hot summer days. We’ll keep you updated as we put these ideas to action over the next couple years.