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March 2015

FarmBlog: Donate or Share… or both!

By | Farm

We’re taking the farm to the next level!  Or trying to at least…

We need your help in raising funds through GoFundMe to make some capital improvements on the farm this summer!  Any amount that you (as a community member) can contribute will help us immeasurably.  If you can’t donate anything you can still help us by sharing this blog post on FaceBook, twitter, e-mail, carrier pigeon, or smoke signal.

The GoFundMe site where you can donate is here:

We are asking for $5000 in order to purchase the following supplies and incidentals that arise when starting an urban farm from scratch:

Greenhouse irrigation
Greenhouse temperature and humidity controls (fans and vents)
Broadfork and hand-tilling equipment
Hand-held garden tools
Irrigation supplies
Row Cover
Temperature and Humidity gauges
Planting trays
Compost Thermometers
Storage Units
Harvesting equipment
Washing station equipment
Building supplies

There is a lot of equipment, big and small, that is needed to start and run a farm. Sure, we don’t need a tractor, but we need plenty of stuff to make up for not having a tractor! 🙂

Please help to make this farm a success. Any amount donated will be greatly appreciated and go to a VERY good cause (who doesn’t like to eat?). If you can’t donate now, please take a second to pass the word. Social media is a great way to make sure everyone is in the loop.

Once again, the link to donate or share is here:



FarmBlog: Updates and a big “Thank You”

By | Farm

I know it’s been awhile since our last FarmBlog update, but things have been busy kicking into high gear!

Firstly, a special thanks to Melissa Durand, her boyfriend John and her mother Barbara!  They volunteered out of the blue to bring in a roto-tiller and help us mix our compost into the field.  You saved us so much back-breaking labor and we really appreciate it!  We still have plenty of back-breaking labor however.  Here’s a photo of our wonderful volunteers with their handiwork in the background.

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We’re also getting ever closer to actual food production.  We have several flats of seedlings growing and even a few crops out in the field.  The biggest challenge so far has been increasing the soil fertility, but we need patience.  Building soil fertility is something that can take months or years if you do it correctly and responsibly.  Adding compost, cover cropping, encouraging soil biodiversity and all are great – but I want radishes now!  Every step brings us a little closer to our goal, and we really appreciate everyone’s volunteer efforts that help us along that way.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Clean-Up

By | Uncategorized

With the help of sponsorship from City Councilor Marti Emerald and dumpsters donated by EDCO, Groundwork holds a Trash Take- Away event in Southcrest. Many trash items such as mattresses and couches are too large for residents to leave curbside. The result is these items contribute to poor water quality in our watershed. This program provides a unique opportunity to speak to members of the community and work together to keep these areas clean and promote community empowerment.

 REDUCE: Decrease, cut, or diminish the utilization of raw or natural resources.

REUSE: Reclaim or reprocess items that have been used so as not to become totally spent beyond use again.

RECYCLE: Reclaim or reprocess items that have expired from their serviceable purpose, so they may once again be made into something useful.

The next Neighbors Helping Neighbors clean up dates are:

March 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Southcrest (38th and Z)

April 25 from 9:00am to 12:00 pm
Southcrest (Beta and Birch)

May 30 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Southcrest (40th and Epsilon)


dumpster James


Transect Poles

By | Community Support

Transect PoleEarthLab Education programs are taking off! With the help of invested and interested partners, our dreams are coming true. A huge thank you to DPA Design and UCSD for designing and building a prototype of our newest educational device: the transect pole. This pole can be used to teach math, science, engineering, solar technology, and many other subjects. The MTM 6th graders were the first to get a chance to interact with this technology and see the demonstration as to how it can be utilized. It was a fun and interesting day and we look forward to the installation of the finished product. Thanks everyone!

Ms. Proctor

Education Director, EarthLab

OceanView Growing Grounds

By | Community Support

Leslie with President Napolitano (3)This past Thursday was an exciting day for GroundworkSD and our partnership with UCSD and the Oceanview Growing Grounds. UC President Napolitano toured the facility and witnessed the many projects currently underway at the site. An impressive group of students from Gompers was busy gardening, planting and creating seed trays to propagate vegetables for the garden beds. The energy and enthusiasm of all the staff, students, and UC visitors was contagious. We look forward to continuing our work and partnering with UCSD. Thanks to everyone for a successful, educational and inspiring day!


JoAnna Proctor

Education Director, EarthLab