North, but still south... the fijords of Fuegia

North, but still south... the fijords of Fuegia
North, but still south... the fijords of Fuegia

Monday, October 22, 2012

The sun is up and it's time to go!  Spring has sprung and it's crazy time, getting ready for the influx of new folks and packing up to end our stay.  Tonight is the final harvest of greenhouse produce, it's looking so good in there it'll be sad to see it all go.


A final view of the chamber before we eat it all!  Aren't he orange nasturtiams (left in photo) awesome!  The flowers taste so good...


Some final touches for the greenhouse, an awesome painting by Mel Ordway-Cook, one of our chefs.  It'll add much needed color outside of the greenhouse, directly across the hallway.


Hope to post some photos of The Last Harvest and related festivities.  The last Farmer's Market will be this Friday, maybe even after our first summer crew arrives... they won't get to see the greenhouse in action, but they'll get to enjoy the fruits of the labor.

One more cool thing, have done a couple of Skype sessions with schools back in the states-- talking about hydroponics, what we grow here, and of course about how cold it is outside.  We're growing pretty much the same things that the Alpine Middle School is growing in Alpine, Texas.  Can't wait to see their school garden in person!

Hope to post more info about the greenhouse in coming days but for now there's a link to the right that has some basic info about the chamber and the systems used to grow the plants.  Cheers!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

OK, so this is weird but someone has decided to impersonate me.  You know you're famous when... What a laugh (sort of)!  To set the record straight...

The impersonator has posted themselves, username AntarcticaAma, on the site IAmA/reddit (I don't really know what these things are, a friend of mine just sent me the link because he works with me and knows that this isn't my doing)... and this person has put themselves out there saying they run the greenhouse at the South Pole and is answering questions about the station, life here, etc-- but this person is a FRAUD. 

Their answers are incorrect, incomplete, misleading, and they don't even know how to spell or even spell the contractor's name that is their supposed employer.  So those of you that have commented on reddit that the person's proof seems false... well, my blog is real-- though not a co.uk site-- and AntarcticaAma isn't the person that's actually here running the greenhouse.

If you read this and actually do have questions about life here, the greenhouse, etc, and want real answers, please ask and I'll do my best to respond... since just recently I learned how to find the 'reply' function to answer peoples' comments.

So, happy fraud-busting and may we all find a lesson somewhere in here about believing (or not) what you see, read, hear about, etc...

:) jos

And PS, if anyone knows how to post this info on IAmA or reddit so AntarcticaAma can be exposed for a fraud (and so I can dissociate myself from their answers/representations of life here) please let me know!  Thanks!