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What’s New at Spruce Island Farm

We’re excited for spring at Spruce Island Farm! We’re erecting our first greenhouse and adding more beehives. To prepare ourselves, Director Paul Finley and assistant house manager Kirk B. took a road trip to Holy Oak Farm in Wisconsin. Holy Oak Farm is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide agricultural and business skills development opportunities for veterans, the homeless, and other disenfranchised or under-served groups as a catalyst for becoming productive contributors within their communities.

Holy Oak Farm staff have many years of experience in greenhouse horticulture—particularly growing flowers and vegetables—so the trip was a great opportunity to learn from them. They also have an aquaponics lab, which combines raising fish with soil-less plant farming. The fish wastewater serves as a source of plant food, and the plants naturally filter the water. It was very interesting and something we might one day replicate at the farm.

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