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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
CSA 2017 sign ups start now!
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally January 24, 2017
We are ready to accept sign ups for the 2017 season with the same basic format, just a few tweaks, and a new pick up location. All shares will be the same size this year, somewhere between the large and medium shares we offered last year. We are trying our hand at growing onions this year, with some new techniques. This is one of the vegetables that I have never grown enough of, for my own use, much less the CSA. I am hopeful that following the advice of experienced onion growers will lead to bulb onions in your bag this summer. Click here to sign up for share this year.
We are rearranging the herb beds and adding new beds to accommodate more flowers and vegetables. Some of the root vegetables, like beets and carrots, grow much better for us in the raised beds. I want to intersperse the flower beds among the herbs and vegetables for a more interesting design.
Because of the mostly mild winter, we were able to offer a limited number of shares in late December and January, after the regular season was over. I sent emails to those who signed up for winter about the shares. I plan to do the same thing for early spring, so if you are interested in early crops of kale, lettuce, radishes, salad turnips, arugula, swiss chard, etc., let me know and I will add you to that list.
Update on Incubator farm We are making progress on getting our Incubator Farm project set up, with our emphasis in the past month on recruitment of farmers. Click here to get more info. We are targeting military veterans as potential farmers, as they are often outdoor oriented, hard working and sometimes struggling to find a productive place in civilian society. Consistent connection with the earth can be a very healing experience.
Last week Chuck and I, along with Robin Chanin of Global Growers met with with Gary Black, Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner at the capitol for a discussion of our incubator farm projects. After a productive discussion, he expressed support and help with communications.
We have partnered with Global Growers to submit a grant application for a Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant from the USDA to support our Incubator projects for 2017-2020. We will find out in February if our projects have been funded.
To download a flyer about the Incubator farm, click here.
Education at the Farm
This year along with the CSA, we are putting more of an emphasis on education. The new project is the Incubator farm, but we will also continue our Lunch 'N Learn series on the second Wednesday of each month, starting in March with a class on growing your own transplants.
The Organic Growing Course will start Saturday Feb. 11 for serious gardeners and beginning farmers. It will run 7 alternating Saturdays from 9-3. The bases will be covered from soil to plants, compost, and crop planning. Find the complete list of classes here.
If I can locate the right teacher, we will run the Farm Camp for children 8-12 in June. If you are or know of a teacher who might be interested, let me know.
We are always open to volunteers who want to help at the farm. Many people have come here to learn while doing. Our hope is that by providing all these opportunities to learn more about growing food, more people will become aware and support local, sustainable food.
National CSA Day Sign up! CSA stands for “community supported agriculture,” which is a direct-to-customer business model for farmers. In the traditional CSA model, people pay for a season’s worth of produce (a membership), sometimes months in advance. The CSA member then receives a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the harvesting season. This is great for the farmers because they get the revenue when they most need it to get ready for the growing season. Click on the title above for more info about CSA Day.
Donate to the Farm
Old IPad (beyond the first generation)
Old Straw bales
Bags of leaves
Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this email if you have items to donate.