Red Planet Farm Going Solar

crescent-moon-and-venus

The first phase of our project is wrapping up, and at the day’s end Venus was lit up as bright as the crescent moon.

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That morning trenches were dug for the frost-free water line (HOORAY!) and the electric cables.

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Holes were dug and what Matt calls “coozies” were placed for the poles that will hold the solar array.

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Once the poles were secure, they had to stop and wait for the work to be inspected. I can’t wait to see what it will look like with the panels up there.

There’s so much to look forward to here at the farm, and we are incredibly lucky to be working with landowners as committed as we are to building community, creating partnerships and decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels. As our farm has grown over the years I sometimes felt that we were losing our focus on these aspects of our work. Since we moved to this location, it feels like our commitment is renewed.

We had some friends visit who hadn’t seen the farm yet, and they were so amazed that this farm was able to stay as intact as it is, and its surrounding woods, right on the edge of Providence. It re-inspires me to think about that. I hope this year to have more folks visiting us, coming up on the Woonasquatucket Bike Path, whenever possible. And more field trips, and work days, and parties. The farm is already special. Now I hope to make it beautiful.

But oh boy it’s a muddy mess today.