Chag Sameach!

Chag Sameach!

Last week we had the pleasure of participating in a discussion led by our boss Gabe Goldman on the Jewish tradition of celebrating Passover. While most know the standard story of Passover in which the Jewish people were freed by Moses from slavery in Egypt, wandered around the desert for 40 years, and eventually made … Continue reading

Ice Cream You Scream

Ice Cream You Scream

You scream, I scream we all scream for ice cream. Or at least us fellows do. Last week we pulled out our ice cream maker and got churnin’. The ice cream churn we used is the real deal. It’s a traditional Amish creation made by hand. Using it really makes one feel connected to the … Continue reading

Ringing in the Spring

Ringing in the Spring

On the cusp of the season’s change, here in the Helping Hands Garden we’ve begun to plant our summer’s crop. To start off we tilled each of our prospective beds. Tilling the soil helps mix and loosen it to offer better irrigation and capture more nutrients. After tilling the beds, we kicked off the new … Continue reading

Squirrel-Proofing a Nursery

Squirrel-Proofing a Nursery

Our garden’s nursery has been used as a safe house for sprouting seeds until they are ready to be put into the earth. This nursery is a simple structure consisting of shelves where our seed trays and small pots are placed and walls of green netting to sooth the harsh sunlight as it enters. Unfortunately, the stapled green … Continue reading

Strawberry Fields L’olam Vaed

Strawberry Fields L’olam Vaed

In the ongoing battle with gofers, squirrels and garden pests, the JENE fellows have taken a stand. Just in time for spring, we created an (fingers crossed) impenetrable barrier between our strawberries and the gofers. We built a strawberry mound complete with chicken wire fencing surrounding and beneath the mound, a removable gate and automated … Continue reading

Making Your Own Figure Four Snare

Making Your Own Figure Four Snare

Last week was busy  for the JENE fellows. Each of us was asked to complete a special project to learn a new wilderness survival skill. Carly split a log and turned it into a stove, Lila made an outdoor refrigerator using clay pots and sand to create evaporative cooling. Aryeh built a Pepsi can stove. … Continue reading

The Great Composting Experiment

The Great Composting Experiment

With the growing season on it’s way, here in the JENE garden we’re looking to get our soil tip top. As cover crops are beginning to poke their head up we’ve set our sights on compost. Compost is the perfect example of nature’s awesome capacity for recycling and the best friend of any organic gardener. … Continue reading

Preparing the Soil with Cover Crops

Preparing the Soil with Cover Crops

Cover Crops Another eventful day in the  garden, today we planted a cover crop of Clover. But what is a cover crop you ask? Well… A cover crop is a plant grown in the garden in order to help restore and prepare the soil for planting one’s desired crops. They offer a fairly astonishing array … Continue reading