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

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cold Frame: Lettuce in December

Florence, Sam, and Mike worked hard to build these cold-weather shelters for our salad greens. We're growing nasturtiums, spinach, lettuce, raddish, and the occasional mum. Take a peek next time you walk by. The plastic acts just like a green house and extends the growing season through December. We couldn't have built these forts without Florence. Thank you!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall Photos

Check out the "divinity farm" sign, fresh mums, people relaxing, building community, harvesting, and building a tomato trellis. The sweet cherry tomatoes pop in your mouth.

Had to climb up the larch tree to take this shot.

Farm volunteers planting winter greens. We will put them under a cold frame when the frost comes.

Fall Photos

Here's what the farm looked like the day after we planted.

Florence harvesting cherry tomatoes in September.

Mustard greens right before the harvest.

The corn patch! 2 weeks after planting.

September corn harvest. Here Andy, Florence, and Uting seek the perfect ear of corn. Florence found the best one.

Fall Photos

Florence, Uting, and Andy in the corn patch. The corn was at least 6'6" and the stalks make great compost.

Marigolds surround the sweet corn. These flowers attract pollinators, repel pests, and look pretty. Part of our integrated organic garden.

Ginormous sunflowers! These guys were a real hit with the bumble bees.

Fresh salad prepared by Heather Wenrick. Garden tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and scalions dance with local feta cheese and a splash of olive oil.

Students enjoy the food at weekly community dinners. Thanks to the house residents at Berkeley Center for folding farm veggies into the menu