this is our last day here.. fase I construction is over and now it’s all in the farmers/nature’s hands hehhe
I’m also leaving to rio de janeiro to participate in the interactivos16 and be there one month trying to make this project. having apparently nothing connecting them, the rio’s project is a research for specific problem that we have in taula amiga farm: water. that simple :)
we enjoined a lot this time we have been working together.. apart from the good work and enriching experience made with the taula amiga and the school of horticulture of reus, working with nicola, gorka and laura was a real pleasure. tks guys ;)
after 43 days and we have 8 farm tables, 1000L liters of water 2m height (enough for gravity watering) and a cccb ready for been feed this farm has the basic tools to start producing their own food. this particular part is all that matters to us on this project: connect a urban farm to a social canteen.
but can not finish this post without saying how much I enjoyed sharing my time with the real players is this story, mr julio that kept care and control of the communs but also put huge effort of making his farm table bright. with juan I’ve learn how to use a jigsaw in the air with one hand. amazing wood worker. oscar, that brought light, music and good mood, eva and juan the first farm neighbors that had adopted a table farm, rosen our anti-commons person hehehe one of the most applied farmers that I ever meet.
see you soon ;)
preparing the farm diaries and main board for taula amiga.
this is the diagram of all the main components of taula amiga farm table.
after the wood structure there are 8 layers:
layer 1 – 1000x4000mm – fabric, any soft material, old cotton sheets or old blankets are perfect materials. this layer is for protecting the thin film of PP plastic (layer2) from touching the non pollished wooden floor.
layer 2 – 1240x4240mm – PP plastic fim 0.2 > 1mm. this should be a food grade plastic. this layer is the main drainage membrane. if punched or not well sealed on the draining holes (10 per table) the water will damage the wood structure of the table.
layer 3 – 150L – drainage material can be small rocks, sand, expanded clay or any inert material. this layer can also be used has a water reservoir for capillarity systems.
layer 4 – 1000x4000mm – TNT fabric, used to prevent the roots from entering the layer 3
layer 5 – 1000x4000mm – wood net. this layer is for prevent any damage on the sub layers like working on the soil with big tools so when someone reaches this layer knows that’s the end of the soil :) the wood has also a secondary function. it will rot slowly producing heat and a home for micro life.
layer 6 – 10000L of coco fiber. coco fiber is an excellent soil structure, it retains moisture and nutrients, the roots have no problem on diving in it and is very light.
layer 7 – 4000L of humus. this is a lot of humus and this is just for one table. we already started the composting systems but we need to go fast or find local sources of good humus.
layer 8 – 1000x4000mm – wood net. this layer is to divide the table by family of vegetables, reinforce the side structure and hold the watering system in position.
every year in the spring we have algae arriving to the coast. this year we got posidonia fruits to use in taula amiga farm. this are balls of fibrous material that can be added to the compost, has a water reservoir in the draining system or added to soil has structure material.
we also collect tons of plastics.. ;(
following the plan here we have the first 4 tables ready on their positions.
today me and laia meet up early in roba amiga storage center in vila seca to get all the woods to build the 8 farm tables.
today we started the building process. we’ll first prepare the composters and then we’ll start the first farm table :)
all workshops need working tables.. we improvised a bit ;)
here is the first final design of the farm tables.
this is a farm table designed to be build together with the families that are involved in the social cantine of taula amiga foundation. we think is important that people are involved with the design and building process. you know.. you make it and then it becomes part of you :)
we calculate 60 woods of 2000x100x20 per table. but before we came to this number we went to visit a sawmill. sawmills are not common this days.. like josep fontova said ” familiar sawmills are disappearing all bought by big corporations” so in practice you can not get wood from local resources and when you go to a big store you pay 6x more for the same type of wood and you don’t know where it came from. plus when you go to a sawmill you can ask wood with no treatment, that fits better to our goal of building a healthy container for our food to grow.
since we where here we took some woods to start making the prototype ;)
you know, we already started the workshops here :) today we’ll talk about waterings systems.
today our workshop was lead again by nati from the school of horticulture of reus. we talked a little of everything, from soil to seeds :)
today we had nati:) she talked about farm planning according to personal tastes and gastronomy (here everyone if from different corners of the planet:)
today is our first day of a series of workshops.
we plan building this farm together and with so many things to build and many more to learn we setup the goals for this next months: building a urban composting system, build the first 8 tables for the families and 2 more if there are neighbours interested in growing their vegetables :) in between we’ll learn how to grow food. we’ll meet every friday from now until the end of april. come join us if you are around ;)
this is a project that we have been cooking for some time now. we manage to involve 3 institutions and give some meaning to this farm. the idea is to engage neighbors and users from taula amiga social cantina to produce their own vegetables. a farm has a tool just like we see it :p
the city council gave the allotment. no water, no electricity, no direct sun. design and biology challenges are all there :)
horticulture school of reus will give us the local approach. local seeds, small workshops of calendars and farm management, organic farm procedures and will keep an “eye” over the new year.
and taula amiga: we first meet fundacio formacio i treball through another workshop in barcelona. we needed washing machines, they didn’t have but in between we made a visit to their headquarters and we meet their social cantina project called taula amiga (friendliest table. in catalan sounds better:) every one in this cantina is involved in some kind of integration/formation work and the farm is meant to them. we will start with 10 families and some neighbors the design and the construction but first and until the spring of 2016 we are having horticulture classes and start a community composting.