This Saturday starting at 8am and running to 4 pm the farm experience continues. Plenty to do to prepare for the fall planting. Weeding. Address the needs of the aquaponics project. Making beds. The Emile Street Community Educational Farm project is moving into gear ramping up a opportunity to load the fields. Handling a full range of projects that cover a wheel to sustainablity. The farm has a 4500 gallon water catchment system that acts as a reservoir for the 11,000 gallon fish tank. Presently Tilapia are the fish of choice. Approximately 300 according to Ryan Niles the Project Manager. Ryan has also built the flock of chickens to sizable number for egg production.
The farm has been using wood chips from CenterPoint tree companies to build the soil. Lifting the elevation of the farm in the past two years by at least 3′ or more.
The strategy of using wood chips has helped save water as much as 80% because the composted material absorbs the water like a sponge. Also due to the elevation plants are less likely to drown due to to much rain. Composting is happening on pathways. Inside the chicken coop. Roadways and between beds.
This Saturday is a all day work event and where tours are available. Check out the hard work of one of the most impressive urban farms in Houston Inner City. Drawing from a skill workforce that understands innovation and has demonstrated it in full view.
Efforts are underway to build resources through land stewardship. Providing education in a full spectrum of Sustainability. From food production to water conservation. Neighborhood Food security is being able to see food growing out your window or able to walk or bike to a food production operation. The need is growing.