Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Take

Check out my bountiful take from today's volunteer work at the urban farm!

I got onions, a big green zucchini (that is destined to be zucchini apple bread tonight), yellow zucchini squash, a pitty-pat squash, chard, two types of lettuce, cauliflower, and four types of long beans! Whew. Those are some eggs our ladies made back there, too. I used the butter lettuce to make a nice green salad to go with my egg scramble lunch.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Urban Farm

I showed up to work at the urban farm on campus on Saturday, and no one was there. The light was nice and overcast, so I took the opportunity to take a few photos. Can you tell I love raspberries and I'm fascinated with bees?

The best part of working on the urban farm is getting to take home free produce afterward. And sampling the berries while you work.

My First Site Plan

I'm a little too brain fried to compose a decent post about this right now, but here's a quick shot of my very first site plan! It's a conceptual re-design of a sadly neglected playground the university owns. I presented my plan twice, first to the head of the department, and second to a local practicing landscape architect. They both had some valuable criticism to give, and pointed out many details I wouldn't have even considered. I definitely have a lot to learn. They also had a bunch of nice things to say, so I think overall it went as well as could be expected for my first time out. Chest bumps all around!

Here are a couple of shots of earlier models that were part of the design process:

Tomorrow we're going on a field trip to Portland to check out innovative landscape sites (mostly parks) around the west side of town. I'm already familiar with most of them, so it'll be interesting to see what our professor has to say about them. More importantly, I'm going to stick around town for Friday, too, and try to wrangle myself into the schedules of at least a few of the people I miss. Watch out, Stumptown! I'm on the loose.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

New Digs

Ok, here it is, the Eugene house tour I promised. Here we are, entering through the front porch. Stalkers, take note of my house number. I'll leave it up to you to figure out the street name.

The entryway leads into the living room, with our newest thrift store steal, the little brown couch. Wilder was sadly couchless for the first week or so we were here. He's making up for lost couch time now.

Here's the rest of the living room, as seen from the hallway.

That blindingly bright corner in the photo is our breakfast nook, completed by our other fortunate thrift store find, the little round table. What with limited space issues, this is currently our only indoor eating space. The weather has been so nice, though, we've been eating a lot of dinners out in the back yard on the patio furniture. Summer is so great!

The hall leads to my room. (As well as the bathroom and the other bedroom.) Before we moved in, the landlord offered to paint it, so I picked out the same colors I had in my room in Portland. It's comforting when I'm feeling a little homesick. Aw.

Back through the living room, we head into the kitchen.

We're still working on this room. I think we're gonna get a table that fits over Wilder's crate so we can have more counter space.

And now for the best part... the back yard! The kitchen leads to a laundry room we share with the tenants who live in the two studio units back here. The little structure to the right is the coop for Renee's chickens. She brought "the ladies" down with her from Portland. We get fresh eggs pretty much daily, announced with some cute victory squawking.

Renee also brought this nice big pot of herbs that I use to cook with all the time. If you hadn't noticed, I seriously lucked out roommate-wise.

Our little house is on a double lot that stretches way back from the street. The foot path leads to raised beds and fruit trees, as well as the two studio units that share the lot. Another one of my favorite cohorts from our class is subletting the unit you can see through the trees until the end of the summer term.

Here are a couple of the aforementioned fruit trees. Wilder is modeling the pear tree, which probably won't be ready for harvest until August. The cherry tree, on the other hand, is just finishing its season.

Check out all the cherries! Renee and I climbed up yesterday and picked a big mixing bowl full. I ate some with yogurt, and Renee used to rest to make an amazing cherry-blueberry-strawberry pie.

It's going fast. I had pie for breakfast this morning. So good.

I'd also like to introduce you to Wilder's new guy pals, namely Renee's husband Jay and their retired greyhound Howard. Jay and Howard have made the Eugene transition much easier for Wilder, as they keep him company during the day while I'm at school. As you can see, he has already fallen for their charms.

I have lots to tell you about school, but that will have to wait for the next post. Now, it's bed time.