“Growing food roots someone to the land in a way that is palpable and intimate and goes far beyond a sentimental love of nature.” – Soil and Sacrament

Inoculating hard woods with oyster and shiitake mushroom spawn

A garden not only grows food, it grows a community as well.  We experienced that first hand last weekend at our volunteer day at the Fresh Harvest Garden.  As an “online retailer” (sexy right?) we don’t often get to meet our customers.  Our garden in Clarkston, however, is changing that.

On Saturday we inoculated 200 hard wood logs with oyster and shiitake mushroom spawn.  We now have 8 different strains of mushrooms that will fruit at various times throughout the year.  By far the best part for FH staff is that we get to meet our customers.  We believe for the local food movement to progress, it has to be tasted and seen…not just clicked and liked.

Paraffin wax coat applied to protect the spawn

These days, so much is driven by technology that it’s refreshing to meet at a physical place with friends and share a common task.  We’re all fairly different and yet share so much in common – primarily, an appreciation and joy of getting outside on a crisp, clear morning to create something with our hands.   We believe thats hard wired in us all.

We can’t wait to share more experiences with our friends, customers, and neighbors at the garden.  Thanks to you guys, we’ll be cultivating food, community, and jobs.

Kids are always welcome at the garden. We’ll put them to work! 🙂
The best part is the campfire hangs