Forest Update 9/26/2011

Posted September 26th, 2011

After months of temperatures in the high 90s, fall has finally descended on the Forest. Cooler nights and pleasant days have inspired fresh energy to complete projects. The garden overhaul is nearly half complete; by the end of the week there will be 736 square ft of raised beds installed and the pathways between them laid with sawdust, hay, and hardwood mulch. Earlier this week the first seeds for the fall were planted, and we are all looking forward to the late fall and winter crops and no longer wading through knee-deep grass to reach them.

In the mean time, the rain visits us every few days, and we are keeping full of shiitake mushrooms harvested from logs made at the mushroom inoculation workshop this past spring. Homegrown shiitakes carry a superior flavor and texture. Thanks to the hard work of the workshop participants, and Carch’s careful love and maintenance over the summer, we can now look forward to several years of mushroom harvests.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Forest Update 9/6/2011

Posted September 6th, 2011

The first signs of autumn have settled into the forest—cleansing rains and a crisper air. The coolness is especially welcome as we commence the building of our raised beds in the garden. The bed frames are a beautiful rough cypress which allow a more sustainable structure to grow delicious veggies. No doubt our fall garden will be most delightful this year. Freddy is also continuing his steady progress on the shelves and benches in the new dome, and as the boards tell him where they’d like to rest, book matched stacks of pine from our forest line her walls .

Labor day weekend brought great energy and wonderful food to the forest with our acro-yoga fund raiser. Lovely Lila lead us in combining the flying elegance of acrobatics and the fluid strength of yoga as we enjoyed Jonas’ crafted vegan meals in between sessions.

Day by day we’re feeling the shift in the seasons, awaiting the falling of the leaves and the beauty of each day among the trees.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff