|Burgundy Globe onions from this year's harvest.
We started seed in February with students from OSU.
|OSU student, Amy -- planting onion seeds.
|Many plants don't produce seed till their second year. We dig them in the fall, keep them in a root-cellar over-winter and replant in the winter/spring. Pictured: parsnips, onions and carrots.
|Onions 'going to seed'. Kinda look like ocean-plants or something from an alien world!
|Onion seeds, drying on tray. Soon they'll be ready for planting...and the cycle continues!
|Rows of onions. A tedious crop to plant,and weed.
|Llyn making buckets of compost-tea to fertilize plants.
|Llyn pouring compost-tea on baby plants. Plants that receive good nutrition are able to withstand diseases and pests. Just like people!
|Weeding is more fun in groups! Here we are in the Fava bean patch - mid-spring.
|Many of the weeds we pull, and other garden "extras" go to feed local chicken flocks. Here are Allyson and Elisa loading cabbage leaves into bags.
When the tops of the onions began to die back, we bent over their greens to encourage them to go into their drying/storage process. Heather, Joshua and Chris did this together. Then Jim pulled them all and layed them on screens in the greenhouse to finish their curing. We cover them with sheets so they don't become sun-burned. The last stage involved trimming roots and greens.
|Elisa, trimming onions.
What follows is a gallery of many of the people who help to grow the gardens:
|Two of our littlest helpers -- Bella and Adri, loading buckets with manure.
|Gini and her sister Kathy harvesting lettuce. Gini has been a great connector for us with the Brownsville 'sharing' garden. Kathy is new this year and brings great enthusiasm, a strong back and a working knowledge of carpenter's tools.
|That's Jim - Cindy's husband. Jim has a knack for the "detailed work" of sifting seeds, trimming onions and things that require that meditative kind of stillness. Here he is harvesting beet-seed plants.
|Jim and Danny in a production-line of tomato transplanting.
|Danny has discovered he enjoys salvaging building-materials (and he's good at it!). Here he is pulling nails from lumber. Look at the perfectly neat stack of finished boards behind him!
|That's Heather again -- thinning beets with Calla and Annaleece.
|Willow's Mom, Vicky came from Utah to help out a few mornings. Vicky is pulling a cart of dried grass clippings to mulch the melon patch.
|Sabine is also new this year . She's come from Germany and is a "natural" at gardening: gentle, yet efficient. She says she loves weeding thistles! "I like having one thing to focus on and, in a short time having so much to show for my work."
|Rob-harvesting garlic; a willing and cheerful helper. We're so glad he's become a part of the garden-family!
|Those are Maia's feet! We set her loose with our camera one day. Such a treat to see the garden through fresh eyes.
|Laura Kleman receiving a bunch of 'starts' for the SAGE garden in Corvallis. Their program provides food for local food banks and opportunities for kids to learn about gardening.
|Les Koltavary helping Chris remove the heating system from the greenhouse frame he has donated to our project.
|Volunteers at the Local Aid Food Pantry receiving donations from the Sharing Gardens. Twenty percent of Junction City's small-town population receive some sort of services through their agency on a monthly basis.
|...and here's the Sharing Garden's greatest partner of all - my sweetheart, Chris!