Friday, April 26, 2013

Gaia Gardens offering CSA shares for 2013

Our intention in offering CSA shares this season is to create an intimate community around the farm.  To us, being intimate with the farm involves developing a relationship with the land that your food is grown on, and the community of people who grow it.  It means participating in some of the farm activities, such as working in the garden once in a while, helping us harvest or pack vegetables, selling at the farmers market, helping with school kids when they come on field trips, writing grants, being a host for some of our events or however you may be inspired to participate.

What you’ll get in your weekly allotment is what’s growing at the farm, as if you lived here with us.  We may occasionally supplement your box with produce from some of our favorite local organic farmers, such as fruits, or vegetables we don’t grow.

CSA crops planned for 2013 include arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cabbages, chard, collard greens, mustard greens, eggplant, herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, parsley, summer savory, sage), kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, peas, peppers, chile, radishes, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, winter squash and zucchini.

Our CSA will only be offering 20 shares to start with.  If we are blessed with enough produce to offer more shares, we’ll let people on our waiting list know.

We would like to know why you want to support Gaia Gardens and how you want to participate in the farm activities (please be creative as any participation is welcome!)

In addition to the 20 shares that we are offering, we will be donating 5 shares to people with terminal illnesses and/or families in need.  We are looking for sponsors (individuals or businesses) for these extra shares.

The drop off location is yet to be determined.  If you wish to offer your home or business as a drop off, please let us know (that would count as a way to participate).

The season will run from June to October, or approximately 20 weeks.

Shares are $22/week.  If you decide to join the CSA, we ask that you pay half of the season up front ($220) by May 1st, and the other half ($220) by July 1st.

If you leave town and are unable to pick up your box (they will actually be insulated shopping bags, provided by Del Norte Credit Union!), you will need to make arrangements to give your share to a friend during your absence, or you can donate it to a person in need (we will arrange for delivery).

This is our first year offering a CSA. We only grow a limited variety of vegetables and will not supplement boxes with anything not grown locally.  When kale is abundant, you’ll get lots of kale.  When it’s zucchini season, same.  When we harvest potatoes, your bag will be heavy.  Our CSA will be simple.  We probably won’t have time to include recipes in your box but you may occasionally find a poem, a bunch of flowers or herbs, or a couple of eggs from our lovely feathered friends.

We promise to give you the freshest, most organic, most grown with passion and reverence vegetables we can grow.

The upfront money from the CSA shares will go to the construction of our water-harvesting system and well fund.  If you are inspired to pitch in a little extra, bless your heart.  If you wish to sponsor a share for a family in need or person with terminal illness, please indicate the amount of your sponsorship on your enrollment form.

If interested in joining our CSA, please email us to request a CSA enrollment form.

Thank you for your interest in our CSA offering and for supporting organic and regenerative farming in Santa Fe!

Dominique and Poki

Once upon a time,
When women were birds,
There was the simple understanding
That to sing at dawn
And to sing at dusk
Was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember what we have forgotten,
That the world is meant to be celebrated.4
- Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds

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