A couple of weeks ago we sold out our CSA at 96 shares. This is our biggest group to date and although it's still small compared to many other farm programs around the country, we're proud to be here. We're making an effort to stay small enough to be able to grow most of the produce for our members, the only exceptions being produce we'll buy from a handful of hyper local and organic small farms in Homestead that are growing specialty things like mushrooms, fruit and a few space hogging crops we can't fit on our tiny urban farm like squash and broccoli.
We're shooting to start the CSA on Saturday November 19th and as we approach that date our CSA members will be receiving precise updates and reminders by email.
Now that we're just a month away from our first CSA pick up it's time to fill everyone in on what we're planting and how the farm is coming along for the season. Mother nature has been pretty good to us so far, with reduced humidity and slightly cooler temperatures, consistent but gentle rain for the most part and no hurricanes! Everything we've planted seems to be responding well and filling in nicely in the fields. The season is starting off with multi colored bush beans, radishes, turnips, baby salad greens, kohlrabi and asian greens. We're on a mission to reduce farm labor hours in order to make the whole operation more efficient so we've implemented a system of lightly tilling and then tarping our beds between planting as a way of managing weeds without having to manually get on our hands and knees and waste hundreds of valuable hours just pulling unwanted plants. We're feeling pretty good about this system as this will be our second year using it so it feels natural and quick. Pictured above is our main farm hand Sam, he's back from last season and he'll be the guy working the tiller and getting beds ready for transplants and seeds. We're lucky to have him our team again. We also have two great apprentices, Daniel and Kristin. Daniel is an aspiring young farmer with some land in Homestead and he's eager to apply new skills on his own operation; Kristin is a city girl who's interested in growing her own food at home and she's got a special knack for attention to detail which we love.
We're very excited to get this show on the road again. See you guys very soon!
Muriel and Tiffany