Weekly News Roundup: October 22-29

Here are updates on the most current projects at Harmony & Health.

A row of happy garlic plants with Dennis.
A row of happy garlic plants with Dennis.


Garlic is sprouting up in the winter beds. The garden is six rows by eight columns. We’ve planted 20 beds so far. (And each bed has approximately 120 to 160 plants!) For each bed, we dig up and loosen the dirt, mix in manure, create furrows between four rows, and plant two lines of garlic cloves in each row. Once planted, each bed is mulched for temperature control and watered every couple days. Two more rows have been prepped and are awaiting planting. We will be planting 12 more beds of garlic, and then filling the remaining 16 beds with other winter vegetables.


Plans have been started for a tool shed lending library. We are building a twelve-by-twelve dirt floor shed with corrugated steel roof and shelves to hold gardening supplies and other tools. These will be available for anyone at Harmony and Health, Terra Sante, and our neighbors to borrow and use. Let’s share our resources and lend a hand to each other!


The Bhakti has been cleaned up and reorganized. We look forward to hosting monthly potlucks (starting in December of 2014). These potlucks will be a time to visit with friends, meet new people, and converse on topics important to our community.


Over at Terra Sante, Bruce is hard at work at a hot tub and cistern. The newly planted arundo (a bamboo-like plant) will form a natural shade screen once they’ve matured.

Festival attendees enjoy a food demonstration.
Festival attendees enjoy a food demonstration.
The conference room featured nearly twenty booths.
The conference room featured nearly twenty booths.











Sunday was EnVision Tucson’s Sustainability Festival. The festival was a definite success, with several hundred attendees and over 50 vendors, demonstrators, and speakers. The vendors were related to food, energy, landscaping, gardening, education, politics, technology, and local non-profits. Exit feedback was overwhelmingly positive. People were also impressed with the YWCA facility. Tucson Mayor Rothschild attended the festival. He took time to speak at the dedication of the YWCA’s new garden, as well as recognize the excellent work of Drachman Montessori Magnet School. A big thank you to all the volunteers, particularly the organizers Paula, Susan, and Greg!

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