Retirement Planning – Plants in the Spotlight

November 5, 2020

We are excited to introduce Karin Baer, our new intern. Karin is working toward a Urban Agriculture Production Certificate within the Horticulture Program at Edmonds College. She began helping in September and will be with us until the end of the term.

Karin worked many years as a nurse practitioner, until 2019, when she retired.

“I knew I wanted some structure after retirement. I have been gardening a long time, and so was drawn to the Edmonds horticulture classes.”

Now she can enjoy a deeper understanding of plants, and especially fruit and nut bearing plants. (Karin visited FECO last summer, as a student participant for the summer pruning class, taught by Ingela.)

“Horticulture Internships are not easy to come by,” she told me. “It’s because of COVID. Free labor sounds great but it’s challenging enough for organizations to deal with their regular employees.”

Volunteers are needed!
by appointment
please email freewayestatescommunityorchard@gmail.com

During her internship, she has been, or will be, working on pest management, orchard floor management, pruning, micro-climate observations, plant identification, propagation, and planting. She will gain experience in making compost via a thermal process, root pruning, and eventually, winter pruning and compost tea application.

Karin is reliable, alert, helpful, asks good questions and definitely pulls her own weight. She didn’t complain once about banding trees against winter moth protection, which involved getting up and down from the ground about 30 times. Then, she noticed we forgot a tree and she offered to go finish the job!

The most important plant skill to have is keen observation and Karin has a good eye. Last week I was spouting off about plant succession, or some such topic, and she stopped me. “Ruth, look at that persimmon.” Most of the noted persimmon had been scoured out by a rat. Thank you Karin.

This is the first year the rats have targeted the persimmons so I was taken by surprise. Some netting and upside down pie pans were applied to the tree but, we shall see if the strategy works.

If you volunteer on Thursdays between 11-2 you will meet Karin and you will surely enjoy this plant enthusiast.

Ruth

FECO’s 10th Annual Cider Fest – en vivo! A COVID-unfriendly event

October 8, 2020

Friends! This year’s Fest will be the best ever. Bring your raincoat, join us Saturday  from 2-4pm, and enjoy the lineup:

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2-4pm
6th Ave NE, just south of NE 63rd St
rain or shine
freewayestatescommunityorchard@gmail.com
check calendar for details

Three fabulous young musicians

The best assortment of homemade pie slices, scrumptous homemade granola, raspberry jam, and
invigorating homemade salsa verde

Plants for sale include natives, strawberries, and a few fig and elderberry plants

Miscellaneous art items

The kids will be busy filling out their passports.

OH! and free warm cider from the press!

Quite different from prior years, the Fest is designed as a tour. The anti-Covid team marked a one-way loop route through the orchard and native areas. Distancing and masks are required.

For those who don’t like rain (maybe you just moved to Seattle) we have runners who will greet guests with a handout of all sale items and prices. If lighting strikes your car, you don’t even have to get out!

There are quizzes and interpretive signs along the loop. Everyone will learn something new about gardening.

This is our annual fundraiser. Please bring cash or your checkbook. Volunteers have spent so many hours tidying up. We are very proud of what we have accomplished this year. See you soon!

Ruth

World Premiere Video – about FECO!

September 21, 2020

FECO World Premiere! Welcome to Freeway Estates Community Orchard

Here it is friends – a video about us! We commissioned a very talented and patient producer/videographer, Carter Raaen, and we were privileged to catch the following interview with him.

FECO: Did you watch movies/videos when you were younger?
Carter: Yeah. I have been watching movies all my life, especially Disney movies, kids movies. Now, I watch a movie every day.

FECO: A favorite Disney movie?
Carter: The 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast. The songs, the characters, and the story … everything was real good. There been sequels and a remake but I prefer the original.

FECO: What happened that made you want to make videos?
Carter: In 6th grade, I played video games, especially Minecraft. Friends were making videos of themselves building things with Minecraft and I started doing the same. We didn’t need any editing equipment, just our smart phones. I also started a YouTube channel. Making videos helped me appreciate movies and the behind the scenes work. When I started making videos where some editing was needed, I just used some screen recording software.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I took a photography class that taught me the basics. I learned some basics from my father; he had older cameras. I also took a film class that year and we made short videos in groups. My junior year I took a film class as well.

FECO: Do you have all of the equipment that you need?
Carter: I don’t have a videographer camera because they are too pricey … probably $2,500 or so. However, it is an inspiration to know that Shawn Baker and Steven Soderbergh just use their smart phones.

FECO: What obstacles did you face, at the beginning, or now?
Carter: Yeah. As I have done more research, I find you can get more phone accessories, but they are also expensive.

FECO: Did making our video give you any insights or new skills?
Carter: I got an app called Filmic Pro that allows me to make adjustments like I can with a real camera (shutter speed, ISO, etc.). Smart cameras don’t let you do that. So that was a new application for me. The other new thing was … I had never worked with a group other than my friends.

Volunteers are needed!
by appointment
please email freewayestatescommunityorchard@gmail.com
10th Annual Cider Fest!
Sat Oct 10, 2-4pm
check calendar for details

FECO: Is there a videographer network group for you in Seattle?
Carter: I don’t belong to any professional group. I do have a group of friends to make videos with. Most are the same people I made videos with as a sophomore in high school.

FECO: What is your ultimate goal with video making?
Carter: Not sure. I may get an undergraduate degree in Cinema & Media Studies. At any rate, I will be taking film classes at the UW. Maybe Hollywood, but it’s real competitive.

FECO: Is there anything else about videography that you think would be interesting to people outside “the know”?
Carter: A smart phone is a great way to start. It’s not nearly as hard as it used to be to make a film.

Thank you Carter.

Carter’s YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/nilmersteve
There, you can find his reviews of his favorite 46 animated films produced by Disney Studios.

Here’s an excerpt from his review of Beauty and The Beast:
” … Every song slaps in terms of purpose and Gaston as a hilarious villain and Belle is a great antagonist. The romance alone is super compelling and makes the average Disney love story look embarrassing …

Ruth

LINK TO THE FECO VIDEO