Kids are digging their fingers into soft warm soil, planting peppers and tomatoes for August’s harvest. In the next row, their friends pick vegetables to make wood-fired pizzas for lunch. It’s hard to tell which smells better, the dough rising in the sun, the woodsmoke of the outdoor oven, or the earthy air in the hoop-house full of growing deliciousness.
We’re primed and excited! This summer on the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm the outdoor pizza oven and timber-framed outdoor classroom will be constructed, two new hoop-houses added, and most fun of all, we will begin testing the new farm-based classes with schools, campers, and families. Yep, that means hands in the dirt and the smell of locally grown pizza in the air.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has stepped up with a generous $16,250 pledge, putting us half-way to being able to complete all of these projects. If we can match the OCA donation by May 22, we can grow an organic farm that will get young people’s hands dirty while they learn science and sustainable practices.
Please help us match this $16,250 pledge by May 22!
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Wolf Ridge thanks the IRRRB (Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board) for funding to build the hoop houses, the Lloyd K. Johnson foundation for support to develop new curriculum, and North House Folk School and William Kelley School students for labor donated to build the pizza oven and timber-frame outdoor classroom.