Eco Ride your bike to The Farm this Sunday

This Sunday, 9am-1pm, join the Ecology Center and The Farm at St. Joe’s for bike rides from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, following the Border to Border Trail, to The Farm at St. Joe’s. This years Eco Ride stop at St. Joe’s will also feature art from a local artist.  Tour the farm and see the new patient focused, accessible hoophouse

John Deere Model 35 Bicycle.

John Deere Model 35 Bicycle

and see what else Farmer Dan has growing this summer. There are fun ways to participate even if you don’t bike.

Late fall update from The Farm

Hoophouse 2 is growing with salad mix, scallions, kale, arugula, spinach, kale, chard, beets, and carrots.

The garlic is planted outdoors at the farm, and we are now ready for the snow and ice of winter to come. It is a time of reflection, planning, and hunkering down at The Farm at St. Joe’s.

It’s hard to believe that this is our third fall at The Farm at St. Joe’s. This fall we have a third hoophouse that is being retrofit to be handicap accessible and this be patient focused. This is an exciting project in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Eisenhower Center. Stop by in March to see some innovative hoophouse production with a therapeutic twist.

Work on The Farm this fall has been getting accomplished in part with the help of the Washtenaw County ISD Young Adult Program. This group of 5 young adults help out for two hours each Thursday morning rain or shine or cold.

Farmer Dan has been also getting farm hand support from Eastern Michigan University dietetic intern Garnet Bruell. Garnet has been helping around the farm to prepare garlic beds, plant garlic, weed, water, and rip tomato plants. Garnet is also helping behind the scenes to help build organizational capacity for The Farm.

The Farm has been visited by two tour group this past month, one organized by FSEP, which was a group of food service employees from Ypsilanti Public Schools and one group of professionals for an event called “Eating Healthy Day” organized by The American Heart Association. The Farm is happy to give your group a tour. Just email bairdz@trinity-health.org.

We always welcome visitors. Stop by and say to Farmer Dan and the winter vegetables.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits A Hoophouse (full of kale)

Photo By Scott Olson/Getty Images

Yahoo News reports that First Lady Michelle Obama visited an urban farm in Chicago this week. Not only does this urban farm have a hoophouse, much like our own hoophouses, but she was also photographed picking kale.

The Farm at St. Joe’s is grateful that the first lady has taken a serious interest in promoting small-scale farming. Thank you Michelle Obama.