Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Completed Spice Rack!

It's been a long time coming, but at last I am happy to announce the completion of my intern project: a spice rack for the kitchen. Whoo hoo! There has been so much activity in the woodshop as of late, that finding a space to work has been damn near impossible. But last weekend, I took full advantage of a deserted afternoon to slip in and finish constructing my, well maybe masterpiece is too big of a word, but it certainly fulfills its purpose to a T!  I had so much fun in the woodshop figuring out all the different tools and dust off my old math skills. Measure twice, cut once and cross your fingers that the shelves sit more or less flat when all is said and done. Can't wait to start my next project!

Check out that craftsmanship!
Adding on the brackets
"I can't find anything in here!"
This is why a person could learn to hate cooking
the organized results

The spice rack in all its glory
The far side of the kitchen: revamped and user friendly

Sunday, February 19, 2012

As usual, us interns have been thrown into a plethra of activities and the past few weeks have been no exception. Jack of all trades is what we are all becoming, as everyday is a new lesson.  Recently, it's been hiking up into the hills to understand the benefits of creek pillows as a way resolve soil erosion, ironworks with Aurelio, our onsite blacksmith, who showed us how to make a nail, hunting cardboard in the woods, building hotbeds, re-covering a basic greenhouse, sustainable tree harvesting in the forest... to name but a few. It's been exciting times here at the farm that's for sure. And now, into our final two weeks, we are abuzz with putting together our intern event for the community of Petaluma. All the while soaking up those final days as interns. Below is just a small sample of what we've been up to recently.
The crew all out for a walk with Bob

Checking out the health of a tree

An afternoon atop the hill

All nestled in ready for a ride in the back of the pickup
Lesson in ironworks with Aurelio

Aurelio sharing his wisdom 

Mike taking notes

Hunting day with the winterns. Gonna catch us some cardboard!
Ready, Aim, Fire!

Load 'em up Clay!
We built a hot bed to grow tomatoes!

Wes checking out our planted seeds
Chicken sitting time with Emily and Clay
Brian and Mike on their way to get some goat compost

Clay-Psyched to Prune
One of our final rows of fruit trees to prune

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"I'm not a hunter, I'm a killer" -Bob Cannard
Yessir, the time came to learn how to shoot a gun here at Green String. The big game? The ever elusive, well camouflaged cardboard box. These strange square-looking creatures are known to remain inanimate for very long periods of time, great for first time hunters.  In firing off several rounds, us beginners proved to have better aim than anticipated. The verdict? We got 'em. We got 'em good.