Mimosa community really, really, really loves their cucurbits

Here is a post with what I think it a cute little video. It’s about Mimosa, a small commune in the Louisa community, which specializes in seed production, particularly cucurbit seeds. For those who have no idea with a cucurbit is, we are talking squashes, cucumbers, melons, and other related things. Gourds are a related plant and this video focuses on Theresa and a person named A who are cutting up gourds. Here is the video and what Theresa wrote.

Published by Theresa Kadish · March 17 · 

Mimosa community really, really, really loves their cucurbits. Cucumbers and perfect squash get the most oohs and ahhs (I mean, who doesnt love a PERFECT squash?) but Mimosa also grows other cucurbit crops. In this little time lapse, A and I are cutting up bird house gourds in the field. The seeds of the best gourds were saved for next season, while the gourds themselves were cut this way so that they could be crafted into bowls.

-Theresa4cucurbit♥

Mimosa community really, really, really loves their cucurbits

Edmund’s Perfect Squash

by Raven East Brook

The real name is South Anna Butternut Squash, but at East Brook we often refer to it as “Edmund’s Perfect Squash”.

The Mimosa community in Louisa, Virginia, has a community business called Commonwealth Seeds, especially squash seeds.  South Anna Butternut is one of their more successful sells.

These are the squash
Mimosa’s squash crew: Erin, Silas, Edmund, Amy, and Rejoice
Gathering the squash
Squash by the truckload
Amy and Edmund bake the squash
Lots of squash
Edmund, Rejoice, and squash

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Edmund’s Perfect Squash

Putting the Farm to Bed

by Raven

I am currently up at East Brook Community Farm and it’s late autumn. East Brook’s major source of income is from their agricultural work. At this time of the year, that work is finishing.

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Dried up tomato vines.

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Corn stalks. I will be taking them down and using them for compost to help grow new plants in the future.

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These are potato beds which have been dug up. Garlic will be planted in them soon.

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The kale is still being harvested. I think that they look like tiny palm trees.

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This is frost damage on the cabbage plants. The good parts will be used to make sauerkraut.

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Dried Echinacea. The birds apparently love the seeds.

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  • Cathy Loyd
  • Em Stiles
  • Jenn Morgan
  • Jonathan Thaler
  • Julia Elizabeth Evans
  • Kai Koru
  • Kathleen Brooks
  • Laurel Baez
  • Lynette Shaw
  • Magda schonfeld
  • Michael Hobson
  • Nance & Jack Williford
  • Peter Chinman
  • Sumner Nichols
  • Tobin Moore
  • Warren Kunce
  • William Croft
  • William Kadish

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Putting the Farm to Bed

Food at Twin Oaks

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Food at Twin Oaks