The Saint Isidore Society has been allowed to use a new site; an acre field located near Gallup Street and Littleton Boulevard in Littleton CO. We will be growing enough produce for the nearby Carmelite convent, as well as for the participating members. We hope to eventually plant fruit trees and bushes, as well as a large vegetable garden.
Our site in Lakewood will be moving into its second year this spring. We will be continuing our operations there as well as developing our new site in Littleton.
We have already erected the frame of a greenhouse on the new site, which should be ready for use in a week or so. It will be very much like our Lakewood greenhouse featured in earlier posts here: an Eliot Coleman style hoop house with a plastic cover.
If you want to participate, contact us and we will send you the exact location of the site.
Here is the schematic plan for the Lakewood Urban farm. It will be modified and possibly even changed as we get down to the details. For instance, the small tree orchards “4” will have to be closer to “3” than indicated here.
This property is about a three quarters of an acre. As you can see, the land slopes almost due north. That is generally a bad orientation, but it will delay the flowering of our fruit trees, thus avoiding late frosts. To the south are two large crab apple trees; perhaps because of the above mentioned effect, they bore well this year when many other trees failed. On all other sides of the property there are lines of large trees, mostly cotton wood/ poplar, willow, and Siberian elm. Some of these may be removed, and all will be pruned back heavily. The land it self is mostly a blank slate; there is a small run in horse shed in the area marked 2, and a small apple tree in the center of the south side. All the rest is full of weeds, bindweed and thistles and some remnant alfalfa among them. The land was used previously for farming. The two ditches are operational, but we are not allowed to take water from them. However, our fruit trees will have no problem helping themselves.
The garden area will be laid out in contour line paths with keyhole beds along them. In the lower orchard, trees will be planted on mounds. There may be a Mary shrine in the center of the land. Within the solar area, only dwarf trees or bushes may be planted, so that the greenhouse will get six hours of sun on December 21st.