Keep reading to find out how we did it!
In Sankofa's summer youth program, we have a group of kids from the Southwest or West philly area come and work at the farm. If they're lucky, a select few even get to stay for our fall program! There are three groups, cooking (they cook lunch everyday for our group), farm (they tend to our crop field), market (they harvest our fruits and veggies to sell at farmer's markets) and special projects, who this article is actually about. They do all the odd jobs at our space, like carpentry work, tending to the flowers and orchid, helping other groups, and building community beds!
On Wednesday, they actually built a bed to plant raspberries! Not only that, but they also weeded the strawberry and rosemary beds to make sure they could thrive!
HOW WE BUILT & INSTALLED THE BED
1. Drilled together pieces of wood to make a 4 by 6 structure (similar to how we make our beds that we sell to the community!)
2. Skimmed the previous area to rid of weeds for a clean slate for our bed with a hoe.
3. Brought down the finished product (the bed) to our crop farm.
4. Filled up 6 wheelbarrows with soil (we have our own compost pile that turns into fresh soil to use!)
5. Put down landscaping fabric inside of the bed to keep down weeds. The fabric is also used to shut out light while also keeping moisture in.
6. Dumped the soil we got into the bed and then planted our raspberries!
7. Put down hay around the strawberry and raspberries. Hay/mulch is used to keep down weeds and support the plants.
8. Wait for our fruits to flourish!