East Rock, seen from Yale Divinity Farm

Yale Divinity Farm

What: Yale Divinity Farm is a collaboration between Urban Resource Initiative and Yale Divinity School.
Who: YDS administrators teamed up with an invincible volunteer corps to build and cultivate the organic farm.
Where: On the Yale Divinity campus, near the dorms.
When: Now! It's growing as you read this.
Why: Because environmental stewardship is an act of faith. And because we love good food, grown well.
How to get involved: contact kai.hoffman-krull@yale.edu

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Barn Raising (or setting down)


This video (taken from an overturned tomato pot) shows the team placing the LAST lumber square. It culminates 3 days of Olympian team work. Thanks to Alice for the photo and YouTube post.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Warren Files

Check out these awesome photos from Saturday's work day, taken by David Warren. Plus, thanks to Noel Hennelly for designing the logo you see above.

The view of East Rock from our garden.
Andy, Sarah Warren and Father Joseph discuss how to mulch the young tomato plants.Andy and James: professional mulching team.The tomato plants bask in the sun.A dispatch from Andy:

I played this hymn on Sunday and I like it a lot.

"We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand,
Who sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us are sent form heaven above
We thank you God we thank you, for all your love"

When we were planting this garden, an old man walked up and said, "You've done everything you can. Now you just have to sit back and let God do some miracles."

Seeds are blowing my mind this week. Six days ago we dropped flat crusty chunks of DNA into the dirt and waited. I imagined the seeds weighed down by soil, drenched in water, forcing up a tiny shoot to get some solar power before exhausting their stored energy. Then, starting Friday, the shoots started poking through the soil. Turnips, cucumbers, sweet corn, beans, lettuce, and, this morning, some baby carrots. It's amazing.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Welcome to the Divinity Farm! We had our first work day last Friday, and though it rained we got a great start with some amazing help. Saturday the sun came out and so did a ton of volunteers. We dug rows, weeded, planted seeds, built edging, spread mulch, and filled our burm border with a huge assortment of wildflowers and beans.

Here are the vegetables we are growing at the farm: tomatoes, basil, scallions, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, sweet corn, rosemary, snap beans, soybeans, zucchini, lettuce, sage, bell peppers, hot peppers, anice hyslop...

Here's our story in pictures, so far.

The untouched plot, ready for digging.
The 'dozer arrives.
Dean Attridge mans the machine.
One of the biggest jobs, moving the sod, is complete.
Chris and Andy weed the compost.
The 'dozer helps move the compost (still full of weeds) to the garden.
Justin moves the last of the moist, rich compost over to the garden site.
More help arrives! Alice, Andy, Gerald, and Father Joseph start tying beds off into rows.
The broadfork stops for lunchtime...
The beds are shaping up!
James and Emily plant scallion seeds.
Jamey assembles the edging for the first bed.
Justin and Jamey plant lots of beans - both snap and soy.
The sun goes down at the end of a hard day's work. A Divinity School resident inspects our work.
The corn bed gets edging.
Andy shows Carmen our tomato and basil starts.
Rachel greets a community member as she finishes the edging for our raised bed.