Sunday, June 29, 2008

Women and Local farms

This is a shout out and thanks to all those women who have been sharing time, energy and support of our CSA over the past three seasons. Members who help prepare our share boxes, members who weed, members who make muffins and breads and Beet Soup- we are so grateful.
One of our newest farmers is Melissa Guingona,( in the photo on the left) age 19, who carries herself so beautifully in the field- and made breakfast for the crew on the Saturday John and I were away at a family wedding. Melissa is organized, hardworking and kind, and a great asset on our farm- a testament to the younger generation who will be farming and producing food on the planet.
Gina from Virginia Beach Friends School looks relaxed on a tractor. She may be another one of the women who makes sure that healthy food continues to grow.
I'm getting ready to host an event- along with the board members of the Friends of Women's Studies- at The Boot in Norfolk celebrating Women and Local Food- growers, store owners, community organizers, writers, chefs- so many females who realize the strong sense of connection with the earth, our bodies, our commuties, our families and loved ones. And thanks to the men who inspire us, partner with us and share their gifts side by side. Acting locally is really the best thing we can do!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Week 7 (June 28, 2008)

In this week's share: basil, carrots, garlic, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, pick 2 from beets, bok choy, chard, tatsoi.

Field Notes:




Zinnias (Envy)


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Week 6 (June 21, 2008)

In this week's share: basil, carrots, lettuces, onions, radishes, tatsoi, and a choice of bok choy or broccoli.

Freshly pulled, freshly washed carrots.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The CSA and the Next Generation

Tristan wants to drive this tractor NOW!Melissa, Farmer John and Nick

As John and I prepare to take a short trip for a family wedding in St. Louis, we are leaving the CSA in the hands of a great young crew. And I have no doubts that they will do just fine.

This week we have had a wonderful opportunity to see the dynamic abilities of the new farm staff here. We are luck to have with us a young couple, Nick ( age21) and Melissa( age19) who have great attitudes and work habits( you may have seen them at the Leaping Lizard or the Bayville farms vegetable market), plus a recent transplant, Chris Towne, who has not one but two great -great-great-women in the past who were tried as witches in New England. Chris brings a great energy and this week, he brought his lovely dog, 8 year old Boston bull terrier "BO".

We also hired a young farmer-in-training, 10 year old Daniel Greenspan, who is featured in our newsletter. Daniel is learning how it feels to get dirty and have fun at work.He arrives early in the morning when it is cool, and this week, it has been absolutely lovely.
Teacher Sandy picks flowers while Daniel and farmer John work .

The Friends School Bird Camp came for a short field trip this week as well. And our 6 brave hens- the survivors of numerous fox attacks this winter and spring- are delighted with the new hay in their nesting boxes. We love to share the farm with small groups of children.

Perhaps, one of them may work with us in a few years!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Week 5 (June 14, 2008)

In this week's share: arugula, beets, garlic scapes, onions, radishes, tatsoi, zucchini

Saturday, June 7, 2008


If anyone has any ideas for what to do with kale, they would be greatly appreciated. Post them in the comments! Has anyone ever tried roasting kale?

Week 4 (June 7, 2008)

In this week's share: arugula, beets, dill, kale, lettuce, turnips.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

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