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12 May 2022                                                                                                                                                  Edited by Avery Dyson

In This Issue

  • Semester recap.
  • Meet our new co-lead!
  • Farmer Claire and Tahoka Daisies.

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Well friends,

With finals season upon us, it's time to take a moment to reflect on all we've accomplished this semester. We're so proud of all our amazing volunteers, team members, and collaborators who have made this spring truly amazing at the farm.

We hosted a total of 456 volunteers this semester, received 164 pounds of compost donations, and rented out 30 successful plots to students, faculty, and staff. Our team members also put together 3 incredible promo videos (check them out here) and 15 Tik Toks, while we received over 200 donations of plants and mushrooms (thank you so much to Squeaky Frog Farm and Central Texas Mycological Society)!

As we welcome in the summer heat, be sure to keep up with all our social media to get the latest Microfarm scoop. We'll be hosting more workdays starting in June, and will be taking applications for new team members come fall. We're wishing you all a great end of the semester!
 
Love from the farm,  
Nikki and Lauren
We're so excited to announce that we'll be welcoming Alicia as our new co-lead over the summer! She has been with us at the at the farm since 2019, and we feel so lucky to have her join Nikki in leading us next year.

Summer Workdays!

The summer heat is here, but farm activities are still in full swing! We won't be hosting group volunteering sessions during the summer. However, you can still join us with up to 4 of your friends every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM starting on June 2nd. Don't forget to wear closed-toed shoes and bring your student ID + lots of water!

For more info on our workday protocol, including how to get to the farm and where to park, click here!

Learn Your Locals: Tahoka Daisy

Getting to know your local flora is a great way to feel more connected to nature. Here's one iconic Texas wildflower that's a summertime favorite of gardeners and conservationists alike.

Also known as the Prairie Aster, the Tahoka Daisy's gorgeous purple flowers bloom all summer. The plant thrives in full sun and sandy soils, enduring the Texas summer heat like a champ. Keep an eye out for them on roadsides or plant them in a rock garden. Either way, this Texas native is sure brighten your day!

Befriend a Farmer: Claire

Basics: Freshman Chemistry major
Pronouns: She/her
Favorite Veggie: Broccoli
Favorite Microfarm Memory: "The Microfarm birthday party because I got to introduce some of my friends to the farm, and we made our own tote bags which was super fun!" 

Things Making Us Happy

Summer is just around the corner. Here are some things helping the Microfarm team members enjoy the heat and make it through the last of our finals!
  1. Growing carnivorous plants and listening to the Binchtopia podcast.
  2. Channeling our inner cowboy at the Broken Spoke.
  3. Possum Pizza, Merit Coffee, and BookPeople.
  4. Streaming This Love (Taylor's Version) and The Head And The Heart's new album.
  5. Swimming at Barton Springs Pool and watching The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
We want to hear from you! Reach out to us: microfarm@utenvironment.org

By the way, the Microfarm is one of 5 projects under the Campus Environmental Center. Our fellow CEC friends do some really cool work that's worth checking out here

 
That's all for now! See you next month, okay? If you liked this newsletter, be sure to share it and tell your friends to subscribe! 
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