Seeking Space

Lunaria Gardens is growing, and we’re seeking a centralized space, preferably in the Philadelphia area, for:

  • Farm/ garden: for growing flowers, herbs, edibles, natives
  • Floral design studio: for creating special orders and event designs
  • Plant nursery: for our specialty herbs, edibles, perennials, natives
  • Workshops: in topics like sustainable floristry, natural dyes, botanical brewing

We’re motivated to find our new home, so if you have a lead, please share, and email [email protected] to start a conversation.

Thank you!

Kristen Jas Vietty
Grower-Forager-Designer
Lunaria Gardens

Easter 2017

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Whether you are setting the table, or bringing a hostess gift, an Easter gathering wouldn’t be complete without botanical beauty! Lunaria can provide floral arrangements, bouquets, plant packages. Order early – supplies are limited! Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Pickup/ delivery schedule:

Friday 4/15
10a-noon: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Villlage, Germantown, Philadelphia
1p-7p: Lunaria Gardens nursery, Roxborough, Philadelphia; possible custom delivery

Saturday 4/16:
10a-noon Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
2p-4:30p Free Library Central Branch, Parkway District (evening pickup available for The BUZZ event attendees)

Easter Sunday 4/17
Pickup points or custom delivery

 

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Plant availability list

 

Small mixed succulents, $7 each, 3 for $20

 

Tropicals (contact for availability and pricing) or houseplant gift boxes available

 

HIRING: Chestnut Hill Farmstand Manager

bala market display slate signage Lunaria Gardens

Chestnut Hill Farmstand Manager

Lunaria Gardens is seeking a spring 2016 Farmstead Manager to work Saturdays at the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market in Northwest Philadelphia.

Job type: Part-time seasonal. Saturday morning availability is required, approximately 7:30a-3p. Possible option to assist in nursery or other markets as well.

Season term: We are asking for a commitment of Saturday mornings, March 19 through June 18, 2016. Lunaria Gardens may continue market participation beyond this point, but this will be discussed at later date.

Compensation: $10-16/ hr ($7.25/ hr with sales commission)

Position posted: October 28, 2015

Application deadline: November 13, 2015

Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

 

Position Description:

Lunaria Gardens will be participating in Farm to City’s Chestnut Hill Farmers Market in Spring 2016. We will be offering potted plants, floral bouquets, and a limited amount of seasonal decor, produce, and value-added products. The director will train and assist, but the Farmstand Manager is in charge of ensuring everything runs smoothly each Saturday.

– Loading vehicle at nursery in Roxborough/ Manayunk on Saturday morning (or Friday evening if preferred).

– Unloading vehicle and creating display at Chestnut Hill Farmers Market: setting up tent, tables, merchandise display, signage.

– Photographing display for Instagram/ Facebook promotion.

– Assisting customers with selecting merchandise, taking special order requests. Cultivating relationships and repeat customers, but not allowing conversations to interfere with duties.

– Handling cash and credit card sales, recording sales data, and maintaining optimal visual display throughout market hours.

– Breaking down display and loading vehicle.

– Unloading vehicle back at nursery, reporting any issues or trends to director.

 

 

succulents Philadelphia Lunaria Gardens farmers market clay pots

 

Requirements:

– Must be excellent with customer service and sales, and possess an outgoing, personable, and positive nature.

– Must have familiarity with plants and their general growing requirements. Applicant must have some gardening/ farming/ ecological know-how, like cool-season vs tender vegetables, plant families, sun-shade requirements, etc. You will be helping people select plants, so you need to have some base knowledge, as well as an interest in improving it through ongoing training and self-study.

– Must be punctual, communicative, organized, and comfortable jumping in and figuring things out.

– Must be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and withstand standing and sitting outside (under tent) in all weather conditions.

– Must commit to work Saturday mornings from mid-March through mid-June.

– Must possess valid drivers license.

Preferred:

– Ideal applicant would have vehicle to assist with transport of tent, tables, plants from nursery to market. However, applicants without a vehicle will still be considered.

– Ideal applicant will live in Northwest Philadelphia, and have some connection to the Chestnut Hill or Roxborough community.

– Familiarity with botanical nomenclature, gardening, landscaping, agriculture, permaculture, or ecology.

– Interest in assisting with occasional nursery operations (seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting) during peak season.

– Interest or experience in floriculture is a plus, and could elicit additional Friday hours.

– Experience in visual display and merchandising is a plus, as well as any experience doing other markets or pop-up events.

– Do you have experience with social media/ email marketing, web design, construction, proposal writing, or other cool skills? Let us know.

 

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About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens specializes in edibles, natives, and perennials for the landscape, and houseplants, floral arrangements, and seasonal decor for the home. Our focus is on habitat creation, food production, and sustainable beauty. In addition to providing unique plants, Lunaria Gardens also provides permaculture design, installation, and maintenance services. Launching Spring 2016 is a Philadelphia floral subscription service. Owner-operator Kristen Jas Vietty has a background in visual arts, administration, music, and permaculture design at residential, farm, and municipal scale.

 

To Apply:

To be considered, send email to Kristen Jas Vietty [email protected] (no phone calls) by November 13, 2015.

Email subject format: “Chestnut Hill Farmstand Manager: (Your full name)”

Please either attach a resume in PDF or Word format, or include link to an online resume.

No formal letter of interest required. Instead, either in the email body or in an attached document, answer the following questions in list or paragraph form:

1. Can you commit to working every Saturday, March 19 – June 18? Sometimes last-minute situations arise, but please specify if you already have trips or weddings booked on certain dates.

2. Do you have a valid drivers license? Do you have a vehicle with ability to assist with transport of tent, tables, and merchandise?

3. Do you have interest or experience with floral design, as well as Friday availability?

4. What are you hoping to learn or gain from this position?

5. What can you bring to this position? If not listed in resume, please list any skills.

6. If not included in your resume, please list links to social media profiles, websites, links to cool projects with which you’re involved.

 

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Please do not call to follow up on applications. We will contact selected applicants by Thanksgiving to schedule interviews. Thanks much for your interest and time.

Lunaria Gardens is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Kristen Jas Vietty

[email protected]

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Spring Potluck with the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild

Inoculated shitake logs fruiting in the Hunter Hill mushroom circle.
Inoculated shitake logs fruiting in the Hunter Hill mushroom circle.

 

On Sunday, May 4, we’ll be hosting a gathering of members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild! This free Meetup group is a great way to find out about cool events & connect with other permies. To attend, you must join the Meetup group and RSVP – space is limited!

 

EPPG Spring Potluck!


Sunday, May 4
, 1-4p

Hunter Hill Farm
901 Frost Hollow Road, Easton, PA 18040

One of our members, Kristen Jas Vietty, of Lunaria Gardens permaculture design, has graciously offered to host a potluck at Hunter Hill Farm, alongside the crew of young farmers who help things run smoothly there.

This suburban property is being reverted back to its former farmland glory, with a CSA operation, apple orchard, mushroom cultivation area, meadow & forest habitat, & the beginnings of an edible forest garden. Kristen is converting a school bus into a tiny home, and they’re adding some livestock into the mix.

Join us for some merriment & permie community!

Please bring a dish to share, your own utensils, plates, cups, etc., and park alongside either of the driveways.

RSVP required!

LUNA BUS tiny home in progress
LUNA BUS tiny home in progress

Seed Starting: New (and Old) Varieties from Lunaria

Well, we’re about to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Lunaria farm, which means our blog, and the seasons, have come full circle. Here we are at the end of winter, poised for new beginnings in the coming spring.

Gardeners all over are turning their attention to seeds. Today I attended a seed cleaning workshop at Bartram’s Garden, where we winnowed, threshed, and sifted to prepare packets for distribution. I was lucky enough to bring home some seeds of the unique epazote, a Mexican culinary and medicinal herb.

Lunaria is also offering a variety of seeds saved from last year’s harvest. We have several open-pollinated varieties, including some rare heirlooms, available for purchase online or for pickup in Upper Black Eddy or Philadelphia. Stock up, then refer to our post on seed-starting.

:::HERBS:::

Cilantro/ Coriander
Coriandrum sativum, annual
Direct sow after last frost. Does not transplant well. Will go to seed quickly in hot weather, so sow in successions throughout the season for a continuous supply.

Dill
Anethum graveolens, annual
Direct sow after last frost. Does not transplant well. Will go to seed quickly in hot weather, so sow in successions throughout the season for a continuous supply.

Garlic Chives
Allium tuberosum, perennial
80-90 days, sow indoors or direct sow after last frost
Onion-flavored leaf spears and delicious flowers which bloom late summer.

:::FRUITS & VEGETABLES:::

Melon Hearts of Gold (heirloom)
Cucumis Melo, annual
70-90 days, direct sow after last frost
2-3 lb fruit, personal-size cantaloup with sweet, orange flesh. Suitable for trellising.

Summer Squash Early Prolific Straightneck (heirloom)
Cucurbita pepo, annual
45 days, Direct sow 2-3 weeks after last frost.
Yellow straightneck variety resistant to squash bug. Plants can become too large and less productive with age, so try planting several successions a few weeks apart.

Winter Squash Waltham Butternut (heirloom)
Curcubita pepo, annual
100 days, direct sow 2-3 weeks after last frost
3-6 lb, delicious fruits on strong vines resistant to boring insects. Harvest just before first frost, leaving part of stem attached. Cure in warm area for week – 10 days, then store in dry area at 45 -55 degrees all winter.

Winter Squash Blue Hubbard (heirloom)
Curcubita maxima, annual
110 days, direct sow 2-3 weeks after last frost
Blue-gray skin & orange flesh. Harvest just before first frost, leaving part of stem attached. Cure in warm area for week – 10 days, then store in dry area at 45 -55 degrees all winter.

Winter Squash Red Kuri
Curcubita maxima, annual
80 days, direct sow 2-3 weeks after last frost
Red/ orange skin & orange flesh. Harvest just before first frost, leaving part of stem attached. Cure in warm area for week – 10 days, then store in dry area at 45 -55 degrees all winter.

Corn Blue Dent (heirloom)
Zea mays, annual
90 days, direct sow 1-2 weeks after last frost
Protein-rich variety for cornmeal, reaching 7-8 ft. Plant in blocks rather than rows to ensure good pollination. Harvest when husks are completely dry.

Corn Hooker’s Sweet Indian (heirloom)
Zea mays, annual
80 days, direct sow 1-2 weeks after last frost
4-5′ plants with 5-7″, semi-sweet, purple & white ears. Plant in blocks rather than rows to ensure good pollination. Harvest when silks turn brown. Best when eaten very fresh.

:::FLOWERS:::

Marigold African Crackerjack
Tagetes erecta, annual
Start indoors 4-6 wks before last frost, or direct sow after last frost
Large variety reaching 2-3 ft, with orange & yellow 4″ single and double blooms.

Fresh Eggs from Happy Chickens!

Our young chickens have started laying and the ducks aren’t far behind. Our happy hens are raised on fresh grass, bugs, food scraps, and organically-grown, local grains. Because they eat so well and get to scratch in the sunshine, their eggs are higher in beta carotene, omega-3s, and vitamins A, E, & D. They’re also lower in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Our current flock includes:

7 Rhode Island Red x White Plymouth Rocks
5 Ameraucanas (blue & green Easter egg)
5 Delawares (critically-endangered heritage breed, according to ALBC)
5 Welsh Harlequin ducks (critically-endangered heritage breed, according to ALBC)

Contact us about purchasing our amazing eggs at $4/ dozen.

Source: Mother Earth News 14-source Egg Chart

What’s Pickin’ in the Heat of July

Here’s just a glimpse of what’s pickin’ at Lunaria right now, where change is the only constant. The delicious snap peas that started so early are finally winding down in this hot, dry start to summer. The broccoli are plumping out the last of the main florets or sending out their rays of side shoots. We’re starting to get a handful of tomatoes every day, mostly Romas and cherries with the heirlooms not far behind. With the June strawberry season long gone, we’ve stopped pinching the flowers on our first year everbearing varieties so they can focus on fruiting. We planted a few zucchinis only to be met with just as many volunteers, and so starts the season of squash at every meal. The herbs are coming full force; loads of basil, cilantro, chives, parsley, dill infusing the kitchen. Although one of our hens recently molted for 2 weeks (thereby creating feathers instead of eggs), they’re all laying spectacularly once again. and And our standby greens – the kale, chard, lettuce, cabbages – are chugging away through the heat of summer, obliging us with leaves for the taking.

That’s what’s picking, but there’s so much more just focusing on vegetative growth, sending out new stems and leaves and vines every day. Check out what some of the gardens are looking like lately:

The eastern half of the Helen Nast Memorial garden: zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, winter squash, and more.
The sorry-looking slips that arrived in the mail are beginning to look like lush, promising, sweet potato vines.
The mystery brassicas that we thought were broccoli, then maybe cabbage, have revealed themselves as brussels sprouts, to which we say "Yum!"
Our attempt at a sun-trap garden on the shady property: melons & cucumbers on the fence, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, peppers, & ground cherries, undersown with radishes & lettuce.
We've had the delight of bringing in a few of these yellow straightneck "siamese squash."

Lunaria at Coffee & Craft Fest!

Homestead Coffee Roasters is about the closest our podunk Upper Black Eddy will ever have to a downtown. And thank goodness for that, because the place is super rad. Owned by the Lewis family since 1979, the Homestead specializes in fair trade, organic coffee roasted in small batches. Plus you can get all sorts of great food and snacks, right next to the tranquil, historic Delaware canal.

This Saturday, June 19, they’ll be hosting Coffee & Craft Fest 2010, featuring coffee tasting, live music, fuzzy alpacas, crafts, and yours truly. That’s right, Kristen will be there with potted plants, aromatic herbs, fresh greens, handspun yarn, and artisan paper goods. So come out and enjoy some lunch, sip some fair trade joe, and support your local economy!

Coffee & Craft Fest 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11AM – 4PM

Homestead Coffee Roasters
1650 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA
610-982-5121 map
Homestead on Facebook

UPDATE 6/23: I had a such a great time meeting lots of cool local folks and providing people with healthy food and handmade goodies! Here are a few photos of what you missed:

Our bounty of fresh herbs and greens.
Despite the heat, I brought out some of my handspun yarn.
I debuted some silkscreened, handmade paper cards along with other print and paper items.
People really sniffed out these potted herbs.
My quiet, friendly neighbors, the hum-dinger alpacas.
A small glimpse of the array of venders.


Organic Garden Workshop/ Work Party: 6/12/10

It’s our first workshop in Pennsylvania! And what better way to kick off the curriculum than with an organic garden work party! Come learn how to turn your lawn into an thriving, abundant, edible paradise!

Lee has designed a simple raised bed vegetable garden for a woman who was interested in growing her own food. We will be erecting an 8 foot deer fence, as well as a skirt extension to keep groundhogs out, assembling a raised bed, filling it with soil, and planting lots of veggies!

Come learn about organic gardening, lend a hand, eat some food (lunch will be provided at 1:00), bring an instrument, and have fun!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event or email if you’ll be joining us.

Saturday, June 12, 2010, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

@ Dorothy’s House, 1751 East Saw Mill Road, Quakertown, PA map

UPDATE 6/23: Photos!

Before the workday, Lee dropped off the soil on site
The wood was cut to size to create a 3' x 15' box, secured with L-brackets.
We lined the bottom with uncoated cardboard to suppress any grass or weeds.
The box was filled with soil.
Our helpers arrived and began working on the fence while we raked the soil level.
To deter groundhogs, we made a skirt around the perimeter out of a 4' roll of 1"x4" welded wire.
Deer netting was installed overhead and around the perimeter.
We planted seeds and transplants and watered them in.
The final garden, ready to thwart critters and feed a family!

Preparing for a Weekend of Art & Music at R.A.T. Gallery

Hey folks, today I’m going to diverge from poultry and plant talk and spread the word about a cool community space in the area. R.A.T. Gallery is a non-profit radical art team focusing on emerging artists “who are not governed by conventionality or status.” Our first visit to the R.A.T. was for Friday’s open mic, which is held weekly. In all honesty, I usually have low expectations for open mics, but the quality of the music, the space, and the energy was fantastic. (A video of Lee and I performing Fiona Apple’s “Extraordinary Machine” that night has since surfaced.)

This weekend there will be the usual Friday open mic, but on Saturday there’s a new exhibition opening. Organized by Laura Esposito, the show has been given various titles – Give a Rat’s Ass for Art, Diversity of Community, while I’m a personal fan of Consciousness: Visual & Vibrational. Whatever you call it, come out on Saturday night and see some art and performances.

Here’s a sneak peak of a piece I’m working on for the show, The Official Territorial Claims of Antarctica. Hope you can make it out to see this and more!

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 1, 7 – 9 PM

Open Mic every Friday 8 PM – 1 AM

R.A.T. Gallery
5207 Point Pleasant Pike
Gardenville, PA 18902 map

R.A.T. Gallery on Facebook
R.A.T. Music on Facebook

This event is sponsored in part by Brad’s Raw Chips, Murphy & Klein Floral Studio, and generous volunteer & monetary support from lots of rad people.