This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, March 03, 2008

new CSA farm blog

A new blog! Its about the CSA farm around the corner from my garden: Belmont CSA News. Its very exciting to be able to read updates on what's happening down on the farm. And maybe I'll find some time to help Gretta out sometime. I can't imagine how much work it is to single-handedly run a CSA farm.
CSA farm in March
The CSA farm with its snow covered fields in the March twilight.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick said...

I just had a look at the CSA blog. You're pretty lucky to have a CSA like that nearby. It sounds like she's going to be growing some great veggies.

The Black Japanese Trifele Tomato she's growing is the new rage. Not only will I probably grow this too, but I've just found sources for the yellow, orange and red versions of the same tomato and I'm thinking about growing them too. In spite of the name, it's a Russian tomato.

March 04, 2008 3:16 PM

 
Blogger carletongardener said...

I love visiting her farm and the Farmer's Market stand!

I think her blog will also be a big help. It spurred me to setting up my plant tables and getting the potting soil ready. I'll seed a few of the vegetables she mentions having started already. Onions and kale.

March 04, 2008 4:34 PM

 
Blogger Connie said...

I love the concept of CSA's. We are hoping to get something like this going in our area.

March 05, 2008 11:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, I give up, what is CSA an acronym for? Community something something. Love your blog.

March 07, 2008 1:03 AM

 
Blogger carletongardener said...

Here's an explanation from Local Harvest.org. You can find a CSA near you on their site!

"A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.

A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 1000."

March 07, 2008 10:51 AM

 
Anonymous Mrs. Bumbly of the Northwoods said...

My Brother owns and runs a CSA (Burning River Farm) in Wisconsin, and delivers to the Twin Cities. He gets a couple apprentices to hep him out, and also sells at the Farmers market in MPLS.

During Growing season I never see him unless I go to his farm or the Market. It is a pretty demanding life choice.

March 07, 2008 3:20 PM

 
Blogger carletongardener said...

I went ahead an purchased a winter CSA share for 2008 - next year. I was wishing I had done this for this year, because I don't really grow as many vegetables as I wish I did - especially late season ones. I'm glad to be supporting my CSA and am looking forward to seeing what I'll end up with. They have an awesome list of vegetables they will be growing.

March 07, 2008 6:19 PM

 

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