See what’s happening this fall at Turtle Rock Farm on the prairie & in town.
And find out how to reserve your place at the table for Green Connections’ ninth annual prairie dinner & concert. Coming up soon!

Here’s our latest newsletter:
Early Autumn 2017

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Our May-June 2016 Newsletter
Much Ado About Earth

When it came time to get the word out
about CommonWealth Urban Farm’s neighborhood potluck,
a flier was created
and placed on a facebook event page
and emailed to friends. The flier
was also copied
and handed out door-to-door
in a six block area around the urban farm.
It has been a long time
since I went door to door in the city.
It was a very different experience
from inviting facebook friends
by sitting at my laptop in my house,
clicking on their names. I met
new people,
sometimes we chatted awhile;
always,
we smiled and were friendly
with each other. I loved it:
walking the neighborhood
in autumn, beneath golden and copper-colored
trees, greeting people,
inviting them to a potluck picnic
in the garden.

Hurray! It rained most of the day Friday.
Saturday dawned damp, misty, cool.
Still, people came for the Saturday morning
Garden School. They made compost sifters
out of recycled wood and new screen.
It was dry and autumn-cool
when we sat up the tables for lunch,
and neighbors, supportive friends and food
began to arrive. David and Clem Braden
played guitar and mandolin;
David sang. Sweet neighborliness
broke out all over the place. Music, food
conversation. I didn’t see one single cell phone
answered.

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Food and neighbors continued to arrive.
Lia gave a tour of the garden.
Several adults and one child
set out to gather items
during the nature scavenger hunt.
The little girl finished first
and judged the order of when the others
would collect their prizes. Everyone
won that way.

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By mid-afternoon,
guests were gone,
tables, chairs put away.
But we who live in the CommonWealth
Urban Farm neighborhood
will for a long time
feel the sweet support
of community.

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Our Latest Newsletter
November 2015
Celebratory Days at Turtle Rock Farm

It’s a beautiful autumn afternoon:
sunshine, cloudless sky, temperature
in the mid-70’s. The air is still.
If one were to be set down today
in the CommonWealth Urban Farms,
it would look like a spring garden:
Bright greens
growing in long patches
and pots. Broccoli plants, carrot shoots.
Oh, but look over there: tomatoes,
still ripening. Ah, yes,
this is the fall garden—the very best time
to grow vegetables in Oklahoma.

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The secret ingredient: Lia’s soil mix

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Seedlings ready for succession plantings

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Our Latest Newsletter:
An Astonishing Summer at Turtle Rock Farm