William H. Davies, 1914
Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad,
Beyond the town, where wild flowers grow--
A rainbow and a singing bird, Lord,
How rich and great the times are now!
Know, all ye sheep
And cows, that keep
On staring that I stand so long
In grass that's wet from heavy rain--
May never come together again;
May never come
This side the tomb.
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- WHAT'S A CSA?
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES~SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #0010 KALE CHIPS
Another really nice day, just as promised! It's 80F out there right now and I sat lazily on the porch swing with two puppies flopped down next to me, swinging and watching the mourning doves cavort in the tree canopy overhead.
Just wanted to give y'all a heads up that Share Our Garden is going to be switching from Blogger to WordPress. You on the e-mail lists will soon receive a new subscription request, all you have to do is to click on the link and you are signed up. Those of you who navigate through Facebook, I will leave the new address for you when it is live. If you are coming to the blog through the website, I will leave a way for you to find us! The new platform is needed because we can't be found in Google or the other search engines; also the new blog will be easier for mobile users to read. Don't worry I will give you advance notice!
WHAT IS A CSA?
Community-supported, or community-shared agriculture, or CSA is an alternative, locally based socio-economic model of agricultural food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
There are several different business models. In one example, CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, and also other items such as herbs, cut flowers, soap, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat as well. Some CSA's require a volunteer time donation, either to charity or to the farm, in addition to the monetary subscription fee. These are based on the honor system and it is assumed you will follow through with your time donation. Others will allow you to 'trade' labor for part of your subscription cost.
She originally got into this because she always loved to garden. When they moved up here, her garden kept getting eaten by critters. It was very discouraging, so her husband bought her a 20X40 greenhouse. She started to put together a salad mix that she gave to friends and it was SO popular, she looked into the CSA models as a way to be at home with her growing children and still make a living off their five acres.
She and Michael are living the American Dream of living off the land. When she added the greenhouse, it was something new and she thought, "I'm amazed at what I can do!". We are, too!
If you live in the High Desert area and would like to contact Moonstruck Farms, here's the link. Don't miss one of Rowena's recipes in the Garden Goodies section today.
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt