CSA Newsletter April 6th, 2021

SUMMARY: SECOND 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 2 - The SECOND Week of SPRING CSA 2021!

HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS!


Week 2 is here and we are are on-a-roll! We are also back to our regular Weekly Newsletter with all articles and updates included (The following newsletter sections are updated weekly: "Did you Know," "Meet the Crew," "This Week's Harvest" and please always skim for any HIGHLIGHTS).


The market style is back and the sun is out and shining! The weather miraculously turned around from the coldest winter on record to a VERY hot Spring! All of a sudden everything is blowing up!


Now, what that means for you: More food! At least this week (and in future weeks). This week and next week will be fairly large, then we may go through a little dip as the spring crops start to catch up to the Winter ones that are blowing up now. We still are VERY far behind and we have ben struggling with our volunteer involvement - remember, we can't do this without you 😃 (so see below for volunteering info and come get your hands dirty😁!)


Thank you everyone for your patience as we had a billion hiccups this first week 😢. Due to the rollout of the market style, our short-staffed team is struggling to keep up. We just released Caleb to his own farm, and Shane is cutting his hours for his own farm. However we DID hire an amazing employee named Evan who will be highlighted fairly soon. We also have another full-time employee we are about to hire, but this is a process too! :) We are also trying to work through any kinks to our programs and things will smooth out here shortly (it's been over a year since we did market style, so things were a little chaotic - we'll get it!). For now though, please do consider volunteering (see below!).


We have an amazing share for you this week! Check it out below!

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


We still have plenty of summer shares available for purchase.


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?

(Continued from Week 8 of Winter - for this first week of Spring) Regenerative agriculture is a complete 180 degree mind-shift away from our current profit-driven conventional agriculture system. Everything in our current conventional agriculture system is based on financial profits and everything regenerative is based on nutritional/environmental/community profits. Yes!


Agriculture is the certainly the center of most of civilization, and because we all eat, it's communal! When we partner with nature to grow pure food it creates an enormous benefit to the planet and our community. In fact, farming regeneratively is one of the best things we can do for our planet and for our health, while conventional agriculture, we believe, is one of the absolute worst things we can do for our planet.


Regenerative agriculture, on the one hand is such a huge paradigm shift compared to where we currently are, but on the other hand it's not really that alternative or "out there." Regenerative agriculture is simply about "restoring" our planet and our ecosystem. It's also about creating more nutritionally-dense food and it's about a more PURE food system. All common-sense stuff. I mean, who doesn't want clean air, water, soil, healthier communities and pure food?


Regenerative agriculture is one of the few "revolutions" that can be totally and completely accepted based on pure common-sense. In other words, it's not a matter of convincing people as much as it is about spreading the word - and with the exception of changing our thinking, adding a lot more labor and some modern-day advances it's really not much more difficult to grow regeneratively, than otherwise - though it does cost, on average, almost 275% more expensive to produce (that's a big number and it needs to change with this revolution and is due almost entirely due to labor - a good thing considering we need more economic activity from producing careers).


At it's core, regenerative agriculture is about going back to the way our grandparents gardened, and then doing it on a larger scale. It's not that far off or experimental - it's just plain makes good sense! We have done it for thousands of years and the problem is not that we can't produce enough (Ahavah Farm produces 4x to 8x what conventional farms our size produce on the same acreage), as much as it is about growing more farmers and more farms - not more chemicals, fossil-fuels, bare ground, tillage and irresponsible irrigation practices that have lead us to where we are now - a dirty and polluted world.


Agricultural pollution comes from many different sources. For instance, high nitrogen fertilizer produces GHG's (greenhouse gases) and runoff that leaches into our watersheds while chemical pesticides and fungicides contaminate our air and water as well - never mind the poisonous affects of growing with these chemicals and then ingesting them! Of course, we won't even mention the hideous environmental and nutritional factors related to conventional animal agriculture - that's a whole separate problem!


With our methods: Zero chemicals, minimal tillage, no pesticides etc., while avoiding soil compaction and using only high-quality pure seeds while using solar energy and responsible irrigation techniques and animal husbandry, we are able to not only REDUCE our carbon emissions and our negative environmental impact, but we are able to actually reverse the negative affects that all of our "work" may cause in the process of growing this food!


If you think that is amazing and want to learn just how we do this, be sure to sign up for our classes, particularly the Bioagriculture 101 class so you can not only learn how we do this, but how you can apply this to your garden or farm as well!


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