Farm Day-Building a Loom and Transplanting Pumpkins

By Jenna Richter | April 29, 2016 | Farming, Project Work, Science, Sustainablility

Another lovely Spring day spent at Green Bow Farm.  On today’s list, build a living farm loom for a farm weaving project, transplant pumpkins, see how the onions we started last time have grown and meet some turkey chicks.

In preparation for our farm loom project, we worked on mastering some weaving skills.  We started with paper weaving.  Learning to alternate and manipulate the materials is an important weaving skill.

 

Boden working on his "chess board" weaving.
Boden working on his “chess board” weaving.

 

Next we tried our hand at hula hoop weaving project with materials from our Beautiful Stuff studio.

Audrey tied turquoise yarn on and worked to weave it through the yarn spokes.
Audrey tied turquoise yarn on and worked to weave it through the yarn spokes.

 

We'll continue to add to this creation with ribbons, fabric and yarn.
We’ll continue to add to this creation with ribbons, fabric and yarn.  It has quite a lot of texture.

 

We started our day out in the wood shop with Farmer Matt.  As soon as we walked in, soft chirping got our attention.  In two brooders we found dozens of turkey chicks!

 

Louie meeting one of the chicks.
Louie meeting one of the chicks.

 

After a quick chick cuddle, Farmer Matt introduced us to Japanese saw.  Students measured, used the speed square to mark and then sawed the wood into three foot lengths.

 

Harlow learning how to get a clean cut.
Harlow learning how to get a clean cut.

 

After nailing the boards into a frame, it was time to add the pins to attach the warp yarn to.  We measured and marked in one inch increments then painstakingly nailed 29 nails on each end.

 

Emmett and Audrey working from both ends.
Emmett and Audrey working from both ends.

 

Emmett stayed inside to help Farmer Matt put feet on our new loom.  Farmer Christina took us out to the hoop house to transplant the pumpkin seedlings into larger pots.  On the way in we checked out the onions we planted a few trips ago.

 

Wow! So excited to see the onions flourishing!
Wow! So excited to see the onions flourishing!

 

After filling all of the four inch pots with soil and pre-moistening them.  Farmer Christina showed us how to dig a hole with our fingers, tuck the roots inside and press our seedlings into the soil.

 

Christina showing Harlow the well developed roots.
Christina showing Harlow the well developed roots.

 

Boden gently pressing the soil around his seedling.
Boden gently pressing the soil around his seedling.

 

We will get to harvest pumpkins from these plants when we come back in the Fall.  When we come back in a few weeks, we will scavenge materials around the farm to weave.

 

 

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Our finished loom is ready for weaving on our next visit.