CSA Newsletter April 19th, 2021

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

SUMMARY: FOURTH WEEK of SPRING 2021! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - FARM CREW SPOTILIGHT - NEW* - NURSERY SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK

Week 4 - The FOURTH Week of SPRING CSA 2021!

HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS!


WOW! What a turnout yesterday! We had about 25 people come out to volunteer and help us get caught up! Yesterday we got 550 tomato plants in the ground as well as over 3,500 basil plants! We also got a ton of ground prepared for summer planting and some general farm cleanup! PHEW, that was a ton of work, and we are absolutely so grateful for our community for coming out! We are thinking about doing more Sunday volunteer days as the weather continues to warm up - so stay tuned for those announcements!


In other news, the farm is still fairly far behind. There's not much we can do about this, as the weather has been so cold and we still haven't been able to plant anything outside of the hoophouses yet or prepare much outside ground. We have, however, been able to make up some lost time over the past few weeks as our family has been able to step up on the weekends and the evenings to get multiple beds of radishes, mustard, lettuce and fennel planted as well as thousands of leeks, beets, turnips and carrots. The Spring may be behind, but the summer should be extremely abundant, since there will be a sort of "pent up demand" as all the crops are ready to be harvested all at the same time! 😃 (let's hope not!)


What we have planted for Spring and Summer so far: Beets, Radishes, Turnips, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Basil, Scallions, Fennel, Leeks, Garlic, Kale, Swiss Chard, Mustard, Cilantro, Salad Mix, Arugula, Dill, Daikon Radishes, Carrots and more. Still to be planted: Cabbages, Onions, Celeriac, Parsley Roots, Potatoes, Squash, Melons, Pumpkins, Peas, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Peppers and more.


See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!

Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group

 

Volunteering

Want to volunteer? We need weeders, harvesters, nursery workers, bag-packers, washers, construction/project helpers and we need help at the pickup locations and more! There is so much to do, there is something for everyone! Kids can help too (over 10y/o with supervision).


We still have some openings for some work-exchange shares as well.


Want to volunteer? Simply e-mail our amazing Administrator, Bekka at aci@ahavahcommunity.org to get more information and to sign up!

 

EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE

DON'T FORGET: SNAP MEMBERS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!

&

As always, all prices are

"Pay-What-You-Can-Afford."


See the weekly "What's in your Bag" e-mails that get sent on Wednesdays for your "extras" list.


👀GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND 2x DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!👀


For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to contact@ahavahfarm.com or via Venmo to Ahavah Farm, LLC or by paying with credit card over the phone.

 

SUMMER SHARES STILL AVAILABLE - FALL NOW OPEN.

We are almost out of Summer CSA registrations. We only have about 25 left!


We have also opened up the Fall CSA registrations for current members (we are not advertising this).


Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to sign up.


If you are not an auto-renewal member and have not signed up for Summer, but want to save 5%, please e-mail Havah at contact@ahavahfarm.com to be placed on auto-enrollment and automatically save 5% every season.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

"LOCAL-SUSTAINABLE-PURE," is a lot more than a mere tagline to us: "Ahavah Farm: Local, Sustainable, Pure."


It's the three pillars (foundational principles) that our farm operates by and what we stand on and for. Every single decision we make, whether big or small, must fit into all three of these foundational principles and if the decision does not support all three of these aspects positively, than we will not move forward with it. Period. Whether it is opening a new nursery, moving forward with different crops, expanding the farm or planning on where and how we sell or regarding any other aspect of our business, all decisions must fit into supporting our Local-Sustainable-Pure mission.


Local

We pride ourselves on being more than just a farm - WE ARE A COMMUNITY! We are volunteers, customers, members, supporters and friends. We work together, love each other and are building a stronger local-food-movement as a TEAM.

Also, by being a "Local" farm, not only do you the consumer have the opportunity to "Meet the Farmer" and visit the farm and see first-hand what and how we are growing and producing our food, but you also get to support the local economy and support the "little guy." In addition, by being local, the food you get is usually picked either the same day, or pretty close to it. Ripe, fresh and not shipped in from Mexico, California or worse, China. You know where your food is coming from. You know that it is fresh. You know how it is produced. You also know who you are supporting and that you are not contributing to greenhouse emissions and pollution from the transportation of your food over thousands of miles.


Sustainable (And Regenerative)


Every decision we make includes the impact on our world and environment.

Whether it is our 100% solar energy we use to run all electrical power on our farm, our irrigation methods, our minimal-till, carbon reduction, tractor-free commitments, minimal fossil fuel consumption, deep mulching practices, and biological / biodynamic farming practices that builds soil through composting and our animal by-product fertilization, our farm takes our commitment to sustainability seriously and our passion to regenerate our land and environment is at the core of everything we do!

Every ounce of support you give to Ahavah Farm goes not only to supporting our family and employees, but also to repairing the world.


Pure


Pure ties this all together. Because we use regenerative farming practices, your food is pure. It's not simply "organic," it's better-than-organic. No synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, sprays or genetically engineered seeds etc. are used. This means that it has not been altered in any way. In addition, we use row-covers, hand-tools and old-fashioned pure and natural farming methods to avoid pests and to control weeds. Your food is harvested fresh and ripened on the plant and not on a truck. The same goes for our animals. Our chickens and ducks get to roam the land eating bugs and grasses as well as our kitchen scraps and our left-over produce. All supplemented feed is certified organic, soy free and the animals are loved, well-cared for and simply the cleanest birds you have ever seen! In short, there is no possible way to get fresher, healthier and more PURE produce and eggs than you can from our farm

 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to Ahavah Community Initiative (registered 501c3) by CLICKING HERE.

Since 2018 We Have (not including Spring and Winter CSA's for 2021)...

  • Donated 154 CSA memberships to families in need! - Over A value of $53,900.00 of free food - OVER1,800 weekly BAGS of veggies😮!

  • Facilitated the donation of 42 Double Up Food Buck Grants valued at $15,750.00 of free food!

  • Taught 31 full-length classes on regenerative and biological agriculture.

  • Attended 48 outreach events to spread regenerative agriculture education to our community including school events, speaking engagements and markets.

  • Have provided 27 educational tours.

  • Hosted 4 large public events.

  • Educated 5 regenerative farming interns.

  • In addition, Ahavah Farm (aside from ACI) has donated an additional $56,750.00 worth of free food to numerous outlets and families in our local community

  • We have paid ZERO dollars to salaries or to "other" overhead.

Interested in making a tax-deductible donation? Ahavah Community Initiative is registered as a 501c3 with the State of Colorado as a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.



CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO AHAVAH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE


Want to get involved with either ACI or as a volunteer on the farm? E-mail us to let us know. We are always looking for volunteers and we would love for you to join the party!

 

🚨CLASSES AND EVENTS!!!🚨

So many classes are happening this year and registration is filling up!! Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/classes and click on the calendar event to register. Don't miss them!


UPCOMING CLASSES:


Seed starting and Nursery Management 101 – by Lorin, manager of Ahavah Farm Nursery

* April23rd @ 10am

Cost: CSA Members: FREE. Non-Members: $10

Description: Starting a garden this year? Want to learn how to start, manage and maintain your seedlings from scratch? Join Ahavah Farm Nursery’s manager Lorin for a fundamentals nursery class: Learn nursery set up and organization, sourcing seeds, direct seeding vs. transplants, caring for seed while sprouting, learn about diseases and troubleshooting and more!

Class Length: 1 Hour

 

KIDS CLASS!! Natural and Organic Mother’s Day Windowsill Herb Garden. 2 Weeks. – By Asher Camire

* Class # 1: April 30th @ 10am