Saturday, May 30, 2009

Week 2 (May 30, 2009)

In the share this week ... bok choy, collards, kale, lettuce and radishes.

Kathleen and AmberChickens under the truck

Friday, May 29, 2009

Contribute to the Blog

I sent out invitations to this season's members to become authors of the blog. If you didn't get one, or have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at cathalwoods at gmail dot com .

Remember that you can comment without signing up as an author.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Week 1 (May 23, 2009)

The 2009 season - New Earth's fourth - began on May 23rd. Members put together their own shares in the recently renovated gazebo pick your own and pack them into coolers and bags they had brought. (Produce for the Norfolk group was packed into a few large boxes.) The share included arugula, collards, garlic scapes, kale, lettuces, mizuna, radishes and spinach. I highly recommend the recipe for garlic scape pesto.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The beautiful month of May

Hello, CSA friends,

As I look out my window over the farm, the greens are brilliant- nearly as lovely as Ireland's landscape- well, not quite like that! The kale, collards, lettuces, and all are ready to be part of your life and a fourth season of CSA is beginning on Saturday.

New folks: welcome to the adventure! Regulars: We'll be ready to see you. Remember, please call if you want to volunteer on Saturdays- the temptation of the farm breakfast brings lots of people over early- so if you want to help with harvesting and washing veggies, Call ahead and get on our list.

We expect the greens to take center stage at this time of the year- you'll just have to wait for zucchini and tomatoes! Call ahead as well if you want eggs.

Our chickens are growing. And one of our laying hens, Eileen is featured in a commercial for Gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe. See it at John does a great job as the straight man/handsome farmer!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Gardening Classes Begin Now!

Now that the chicks are out of the barn, and our 2009 staff- Wayne Jones, Farmer John, Melissa Guingona and Nick Broerman can take down their hoodies- it's time to get into the soil with our bare hands- or rather your bare hands! Make a note to tell others about these opportunities on the farm.

Build your own Earth Box! May 9

John and our friend Dave Reilly are offering a Build Your Own earth box workshop on Saturday, May 9 from 10 am-12 p.m. Bring a cordless power drill and a 1/4" drill bit if you have one. The cost is $50.00, and includes all your supplies. You'll bring home an independently designed growing box. Limited to 20 people. Please call the farm to register at 427-6515 or email to RSVP by May 7.

Intro to Organic Gardening May 16 or May 20

For novice gardeners and/or folks who think they are green-thumb challenged!

Farmer John takes you through the basics of organic gardening, with tips on developing good soil, planting, choosing plants, the value and application of compost and how to deal with insects. This class is held in the field and greenhouse. Wear a hat and covered-toe shoes and bring a water bottle along. Saturday May 16 from 10-12noon or Wednesday May 20 10am to 12 noon. This class is $30.00. Once again: please call 427-6515 to register at least two days before a class or send an email to