Ahavah Farm Community News, July 6th 2021

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

Week 3 - The THIRD Week of SUMMER CSA 2021!

(Want to skim this e-mail, but get the most benefit? All NEW and UPDATED sections will be titled in "RED")

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📢STARTING THIS WEEK, THIS NEWSLETTER WILL NOW BE EVERY TWO WEEKS. CSA MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE BAG-PACKING AND EXTRAS EMAIL EVERY WEEK AND SPECIAL UPDATES WILL BE SENT OUT DIRECTLY IN BETWEEN NEWSLETTERS📢

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Opening Remarks

Hello Dear CSA Members!

WOW! WOW! WOW! 😍 What beautiful weather we have been having (and such gorgeous shares too!)! We have NEVER, and I mean NEVER had such gorgeous weather for the summer. Rain has come almost every day lately with a perfect mixture of sun and temperate temperatures - let's hope this lasts for a long time (I feel like I'm back in New Hampshire😄)! the pasture sure hasn't ever looked as good as it does right now - and filled with wildflowers too! Our pest pressure has been some of the best we have ever had and the crops are looking great - especially without hail! On the other hand, the temperatures, as pleasant as they have been, and as beneficial for the pasture as it has been, does have it's downsides...


Since the winter and spring have been the coolest on record (and the summer is shaping up similarly), the soil temperatures have very much hindered the growth of the outside crops, and there's not much we can do about it. The onions are hesitant to bulb out and the squash and pumpkins are veeeerrrrryyyy ssssllllooowwww - even the beans and peas are slow! We will definitely have plenty of summer squash this season and the onions will most definitely bulb out for a beautiful fall crop along with our amazing potatoes, but it's been slow growin'😄! Again, as I write this, we are 100% planted and we are excited for some new crops for the fall, but boy oh boy, I'll take a delay in summer crops (tomatoes, cucs, squash etc) for the environmental benefit of this amazing rain, ANY DAY! But...don't worry, those crops will come soon enough 😉 and your bags will be so full of squash you'll be giving them away!!


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

Our next Open-House volunteer day is not until July 18th, but that doesn't mean you can't come before then!


We need volunteers all the time! Weeding, planting, cleaning, harvesting, bagging and so much more.


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

More and more items will be for sale as we progress through the season. Remember:

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

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As always, all prices are

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


👀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.

 

FALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!

Did you know that Fall is really the BEST season of all? That's right, Summer is fantastic and all, but it's fall when all the biggest and most beautiful crops come in.


Things like potatoes, onions, squash, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, leeks and so much more get harvested in the fall and it's the best - especially once the farmer's market's run out, you still have the ability to get fresh, nutrient-dense veggies every single week - and remember, you save 5% by selecting auto-renewal - every season!! Want to sign up? Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to learn more.

 

INTRODUCING OUR CSA REFERAL PROGRAM!



Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA OR to Ahavah Farm Nursery's microgreen CSA and you BOTH will receive $35 in credit to use ANYTIME you want! Use to buy extra vegetables, or take $35 off your next CSA purchase - your credit will never expire!


 

ATTENTION AUTO-RENEWAL MEMBERS:

Your automatic renewal will be charged on August 1st, 2021 for the Fall 2021 season. Please make any changes or request known no-later than July 30th. If you would like to change your share size or pickup location, or if you would like to change your Market-Style / Traditional style share or for any other requests, please send them to contact@ahavahfarm.com before July 30th. Thank you.


The following are the amounts to be charged:

Large - Cost is $648.84 minus 5% discount. Amount to be charged: $616.40 (Optional: 4 Cash/Check Payments of $154.10ea)

Medium - Cost is $504.65 minus 5% discount. Amount to be charged: $479.43 (Optional: 4 Cash/Check Payments of $126.17ea)

Small - Cost is $360.46 minus 5% discount. Amount to be charged: $342.43 (Optional: 4 Cash/Check Payments of $90.12ea)

Card payments will have an automatic charge of 2.99% added, but does not apply to cash or SNAP payments.


Door to door delivery members will have an additional charge of $126.00

 

DID YOU KNOW?


This week I want to share with you a quick video about what CSA really is and why it is important. It's short and sweet and to the point. The major ideas that this video shares that I want to focus on are the following:

  • Supporting local agriculture is supporting your local economy.

  • Supporting regenerative agriculture is making a TANGIBLE and positive impact on the environment.

  • CSA is fresher, more nutrient-dense and more delicious than food from the store.

  • Pay in advance, so the farmer can purchase seeds and supplies and pay for the labor of planting months in advance.

  • CSA is about community.



 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

A lot has been happening lately, almost too much to share. Recently we have been putting on a bunch of classes and events and you have been hearing about all of them, and that's great! We love teaching and we love community. But what we love to do the most is to serve others in need. The core aspect of ACI, Ahavah Community Initiative, is to support struggling families by donating free food. Not just any food, however, PURE, regeneratively grown food, grown locally in a way that is beneficial to our environment, our health and our community at large.


We fulfill this mission through multiple avenues including offering state-grants like double-up food bucks through the SNAP/EBT programs, flexible payment options like pay-what-you-can-afford, by offering volunteer work-shares, by donating plants for gardens and by offering supplemented CSA memberships and fully donated memberships.


Ahavah Community Initiative is a one-of-a-kind, very special non-profit organization that serves our community in a unique and wholesome way. We believe in this mission so much that all board members (including the Camire family) donate personally to it. Do you believe in this organization too? Please, if you do, consider donating if you have the ability...


Interested in making a tax-deductible donation to ACI? 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!

 

AHAVAH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

BRING-A-BUCK!

Oh the amazing power of community and crowdfunding!


Every week, at all of the CSA locations, we have a bin or jar that looks like this. We ask all of our members to bring just $1 with them every week to help support their fellow-members and community.


Bring $1 every week and be a part of supporting, directly, families in need.


Don't say your $1 isn't important! The only way crowdfunding works is if we all participate. Therefore, your $1 is vitally important and it is directly through this program that we raise the majority of ACI's food donation funds than any other fundraising program, and yet it is the absolute easiest for all of our members to participate!


Everyone can afford to Bring-A-Buck and if we ALL bring $1, the impact can be enormous - to the tune of feeding 1 family for an entire season for every single week we all participate!!!! WOW!!


Thank you members! The last few weeks of Bring-A-Buck have been great! Thank you so much for your donations! - EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

 

🔦 The Farm Crew Spotlight🔦

Say "Hello" to Ms. Esther! Esther came to us from Monsey, NY because she always want to live in Colorado and as a religious Jew who absolutely loves the outdoors, hard work and working in the dirt, she always dreamt of working on a Jewish farm and when the opportunity came up last March to work and move here, she jumped at the chance - and so did we!


We are absolutely super-excited to have Esther with us. She is not only a hard working team-member (duh, shes all that and a whole lot more), but she has a stellar personality, a caring heart and honestly, a very insightful and brilliant mind.


Every one of us have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Esther, and our kids love having another Jewish woman living on the farm (oh, did we mention that she actually lives here too!?). It's been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and enjoying you Esther and we are so glad you are here!