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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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Despite the cold winter weather, the farm is doing well, preparing to grow delicious, nutritious food for our community! On February 23rd, we are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate CSA Day. This is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up because we are in the process of making the investments that will result in a successful harvest many months from now.
According to Small Farm Central, this is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA share and now is when we need your support! Of course, you are welcome and encouraged to sign up before Feb. 23. We would like to have 75% of our shares sold by the end of the day on the 23rd.
The CSA model is an important model to support our farm. Laura, who runs First Root Farm in Concord, Mass. put it eloquently: "The CSA model was what allowed me to start my own farm business at age 23. Without the sale of CSA shares, I would not have been able to buy seeds, potting soil, fertilizer, or anything else. Six years later, my business is still going strong. Access to capital in the off-season; the meaningful connections between farmers and CSA members; the sense of ownership and pride members feel about their CSA farms--all these things add up to healthy farms, businesses, and communities. The CSA model is good for everybody,"
So thank you for your support now and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you! Buy your Cane Creek Farm CSA here
We have added a new drop site in Alpharetta at the Alpharetta Flower Mart on Main Street. Allison and Robert Schrade own and run the Flower Mart and are also Incubator Farmers at Cane Creek Farm. The Mercantile Company located on Buford Hwy and Johns Creek Yoga in Johns Creek make it possible for those in the eastern and southern parts of the county to pick up their shares in a reasonable amount of time. Traffic issues are becoming a real part of our daily life in this fast growing county. If anyone on the north side would like to organize a drop site, we need 5 people to buy a share to deliver to a particular drop site. If you get 10 people to buy a share at your drop site, your share will be free.
Contact Lynn to discuss this opportunity for summer season.
At the farm, you will see the result of the Farmers In Training's efforts in the front field in front of the parking lot. This year, these farmers will be growing a part of what will be in the share each week. With their help, we will be able to grow the CSA and outdo ourselves in value for our community!
Above photo is of section J beside the driveway with cover crop. The deer are very fond of the cover crop here and we have seen as many as 12 of them at dusk grazing.
For the last year we have had an abundance of wood chips, supplied by Sawnee EMC, Acorn Tree Service and other tree companies. This organic material has been an wonderful weed suppressant in the aisles of the fields and also absorbed some of the water that tends to accumulate in the aisles. The purchase of the tractor with the front end loader has made the distribution of the chips in the aisles much more efficient.
Wood chips shade the soil, which discourages seed from germinating. As the chips deteriorate, they add organic matter to the soil, which feeds the microorganisms which feed the plants, a beneficial, natural cycle.
As the mountains of wood chips sit at the end of the parking lot, they are decomposing. Given enough time these mounds would be reduced to some really dark, fertile compost. We don't plan on them producing compost in the parking lot, though. Those chips get to do weed control before becoming compost!
This year we will start out the summer season the middle of April with lots of greens, edge into June with summer fruiting vegetables such as squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and berries, and end the summer at the end of July with lots of tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, onions and peppers. The fall season will feature beans, okra, field peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers and eggplant, along with plenty of other veggies. Below I am going to list some of what we expect to be in the shares in the summer season: carrots, spinach, sugar snap peas, collards, radishes, green onions, arugula, lettuce, chard, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, napa cabbage, pac choi, turnips, squash, zucchini, blueberries, broccolini, leeks, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, beets, and garlic