Hey CCATers and community members! We’re still working on getting the blog up and running, and in the next few weeks, there will be some big changes coming to CCAT Tails. For now though, here’s your weekly CCAT update!
CCAT History: The Original Funding
CCAT started back in 1978, but we haven’t always been funded by the university…
Peter, one of the founders of CCAT, says, “When we first started in 1978 everything was about, ‘How do we get the money?’ So we had bake sales. Bake sales, bake sales, and more bake sales finally generated enough revenue to hold the first hands on workshop, where the original members helped insulate and weatherstrip the original location.” Because of the original momentum from the bake sales, Arcata City Council passed a resolution supporting the proposed demonstration house. Peter remembers, “Getting a resolution passed by the City Council was a big deal. It really helped things along tremendously.”
This has been an excerpt from CCAT’s history. If you want to read more, come in to CCAT’s library and check out the binder called “Sean Armstrong’s Co-Director Interviews,” or stay tuned for more CCAT Tails.
Greywater Marsh Update:
The CCAT greywater marsh has been an ongoing project at CCAT since 2007. The marsh is a way to naturally filter and recycle CCAT’s greywater. The term ‘greywater’ does not really refer to the color of the water but rather what it has been used for. Where white water is clean unused water, greywater is water that has been used in sinks, washing machines, and showers. In 2009, the original build of the project was completed by HSU students. CCAT’s greywater marsh is designed so that water flows from the house to a settling tank where relatively large particles settle. Water then goes through the fat oil and grease (FOG) trap and into the marsh. The marsh contains gravel and plants, which further filter the water. The design of the wetland (the marsh) allows particulates in the greywater to naturally settle in the water. The plants and organisms in the marsh such as cattail and bulbrush help to break down these particles down. When it exits the marsh, the overflow water irrigates the CCAT landscape.
Currently, the system is offline, but some of CCAT’s employees recently got permission to turn it back on so that they can do some testing on it. Their first order of business is to get the system back online and see how it is working. They have anticipated some possible problems, and their tentative plan is to change the elevation and piping of some pieces of the system, such as the settling tank, the FOG trap, and the overflow tank. Through these changes, they believe that they can get the device working even better than before with additional benefits to CCAT such as better irrigation from the overflow tank. If this is accomplished, it will reduce CCAT’s use of water and our impact on Arcata’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.
DIY: Vegan On A Budget
Baked Spaghetti Squash
Along with the air getting colder and the leaves starting to change color comes an abundance of squash and other gourds! In the spirit of the harvest season, here is a tasty, simple vegan recipe for spaghetti squash that you can try!
Cut one spaghetti squash in half.
Put it in the oven at 350 degrees until it’s golden brown.
Take it out, peel all the goodness out, and mix it with some paprika and garlic if you want savory squash, or with cinnamon and maple syrup if you want it to be sweet. Feel free to add basically whatever you want to experiment with different flavors. Have fun with it! And be sure to come check out the Harvest Festival on October 18th here at CCAT for more harvest time fun!
A special thanks to Kelly Compost and her Organic Gardening class who are transplanting plants into our Hugelkulture to protect them from cold temperatures.
Gardening Tips: October
As the seasons change, so does what we do at the CCAT garden. Right now, we are growing some Brassicas: kale, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi. They are cold hardy! In the greenhouse, we have peas, and our eggplants are just now getting big. In the food forest, we plan to plant garlic, and we cut back our raspberries for winter. We have been putting beds to bed by covering them in horse manure, sprinkling them with cover crop seeds, and mulching with straw. We completed the huegel bed with various green manure cover crops, like vetch clover and bell bean and pea also oat.
When it gets cold it is important to protect sensitive plants in the ground with heavy mulch to shield them from frost. October is a good time to harvest your tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers to prevent that frost from spoiling them.
October Planting Options:
Sow Direct: (plant the seeds)
Broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, garlic, spinach, lettuce, peas, chard, turnips, carrots, beets, parsnip, radish, chives, parsley, cilantro, dill, winter and spring bulbs, spring wild flowers, bee balm, calendula, candytuft, clarkia, cornflower, columbine, coreopsis, dianthus, foxglove, larkspur, nigella, pansy, poppy, snapdragon, and sweet peas.
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and lettuce.