A Note From OUR Team:
WHAT IS A CSA? If you’re unfamiliar with what a CSA is, it stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” The function of a CSA stays true to its name. It’s a farm in which individuals purchase a “crop share” during the winter and early spring, before the season begins. Then, throughout the growing season, share members either come to the farm weekly to pick up their already-paid-for shares of just-harvested vegetables, or they pick up their shares at a pre-determined location. Shareholders financially support the farmer in advance to grow fresh vegetables for them in the upcoming growing season. This has been a major shift in consumer based & food commodification that industrial food created by the highjacking of LOCAL FOOD…..2020 has been the largest resurgence of understanding and support for CSA programs within the islands Community!
With this OUR team invites you to let us know ASAP if you wish to book your next 10 weeks program (this is for those who originally came in with a ‘half season’/10 weeks)
With the process of ‘pre-buying’ foods and supporting farming – there is a major awareness of weather shifts, crop loss, predation, and all ways that impact food production in the daily realities of farming. The possibilities of loss/changes is very real for OUR team as we have been ‘under the weather’ – or simply to say we have had very little sun, way more rain than usual (!!), and now lots of different pests given the weather change….and we acknowledge the climate shifting affects farming for sure!
Changes on the ground will mean:
- some fruit trees lost much of the integrity of their bloom with heavy rainfalls but other fruit trees thrived by the extra rain.
- High heat early made some seedlings ‘bolt’ (go to flower too quickly) and we had to re-seed so much. Those same new seedlings now have had much less heat and light! But moving along slowly…..
- Pests prevail with lots of moisture (bring on the woodbugs and possibility of mould).
- animals have been impacted with most local hay farmers very much under seige of the rain (and not being able to bale/loosing nutrients etc).
- and we will now pull back on as many eggs in your CSA box and begin to ramp up other items to fill the gap including emptying OUR freezers from the items which we preserved in order to feed 10K learners who historically came through yearly on their learning journeys – and we would feed most all of them.
This year we will feed the local community much more and as we move forward we look forward to a further certification of OUR kitchen in order to begin take out meals…..
Looking forward to finding more ways to educate and connect food and farming within OUR CSA and the local community – if you have ideas and ways in which you might wish to become involved please let us know!
We would also like to to request that if you happen to have any empty garden pots from the plants we have been giving out, we would be so grateful if you recycled them back to us so we can replenish our supply.
~ With love and gratitude from OUR ECOVILLAGE
“We will continue to create a new world – seed by seed, person by person, community by community – until this planet is embraced in a circle of resurgent life and resurgent love.” ~Vandana Shiva
This Week’s Harvest
- Edible Flowers: Borage, nasturtium, broccolini
- Garlic Scapes
- Kale & Swiss chard mini bunch
- Healing Herb: Marjoram
- Potted Plant: Marjoram
- A special treat
Lifestyle Box Additions
- Farm Crafted Pesto – 1 lb
- Freya’s Mini Cherry Cheesecakes