2015 CSA shares still available! Sign up now for your fresh picked, organically grown produce. Early sign ups can pay $150 initial payment and pay balance in monthly payments!
April Newsletter - Spring Update
Well if I had sent this email out last week I would have been telling you how excited we are that spring had finally arrived and we were able to work out in the field. But now, as I watch random snowflakes flit past my window, and Scott builds a fire in the fireplace, I'm not quite as excited as I was last week! Those few weeks of spring did get our seeds germinated and the plants large enough to transplant into the field. Luckily the cold hardy plants that we transplanted took right away and do well in the cool temps and cold nights. But we are holding off on planting some of the other veggies, just to let this cold spell pass and those frost warnings to move on through.
We did get all our onions and potatoes planted, and in the large hoop house the kale, Swiss chard, beets and carrots are starting to poke through the soil. We've already done the first transplant on the tomatoes from the heated trough to the soil boxes. Now when we're sure the warm weather is here to stay we can transplant them from the boxes into the field. The sweet and hot peppers are coming up, and the kohlrabi is ready for transplanting.
We've also been working a lot around the farm, cleaning up after the winter, building new fences and reseeding the pastures for the horses, goats and sheep. And somewhere when we have a few spare minutes here and there we are converting our storage shed into an "apartment" for our boys for when they come home from college for the summer.
The membership signups are trickling in and we anticipate that we will fill up again this year, so sign up while shares remain! For our past members who have not signed up yet, we hope to see you again this year, and for our new members, we look forward to meeting you when the season begins. Please help spread the word about Green Earth Farm and our CSA. You are our best form of advertisement!
Yours in health,
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the concept of local farmers growing produce for members of their community – the traditional method of buying produce before the advent of grocery stores at the beginning of the twentieth century. Farmers and community supported agriculture members work together, with members providing the financial support the farmer needs to grow their food (by paying for their seasonal membership fee), and farmers investing that paid fee into the farm to run the farm and grow the produce. CSA members “pledge” to support the farm through the purchase of their share, and farmers “pledge” to work their hardest to provide an abundant season of healthy, delicious food. In this way, farmers and members provide mutual support and share the mutual risk and benefits of the season’s harvest. By paying for the seasonal membership fee up front, the farmer can concentrate on farming rather than marketing.
This farmer/community relationship eliminates the middle man (grocery stores) which reduces the price for the members, and enables farmers to receive a fairer price for their crops, as well as allowing the CSA member to see where and how their food is grown. This benefit of buying from a local farmer has become increasingly important as the country’s food system becomes more inundated with genetically modified (GMO) produce, and internationally imported organic produce and other labels that do not mean what they imply.
"I subscribe to Green Earth Farm each year because I love the fresh produce, but it's much more than that. There is a sense of community in connecting to Scott and Kathy and their family, along with the other subscribers. I look forward to picking up the weekly box of produce, for the food, yes, but also for the chance to catch up with my friends. And knowing where my food comes from, feeling that connection to a specific plot of land, and lessening my demands on the earth, are very satisfying." - Greg
"Green Earth Farm is a wonderful CSA to be a part of. I have been a member for going on 3 years now and I love it!! The farmers are great people who truly love what they do and it shows in the vegetables they provide. Their farm is SO family friendly as they allow me and my son to stay as long as we like and pick raspberries off the bushes (more make it into our bellies than the baskets!!), feed the goats and horses and say hello to their resident pig, 'Charlotte'. Green Earth Farm has it all...awesome veggies, herbs and fruit and friendly farmers that know you by name. What could be better?!?" - Meredith
"I am returning to this CSA for the fourth year because I love the vegetables and the fact that they are organically grown. The boxes are generously filled and it is a blast to go each week to find out what fresh ingredients I will be cooking with for the next several days. I have never gotten something too ripe and so I never have to use something before I'm ready. If you don't know what to do with something, the farmers are happy to share preparation tips and recipes with you. It is great to be able to talk to the people who raise your food!" - Kim
"We are so excited to be back for the 2012 season. The boys are very excited to come to the farm again. You and Scott make the whole CSA experience so enjoyable for our entire family. Our boys have learned so much from coming out to the farm each week. We are truly grateful for all you do." - Laura
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