CSA Newsletter May 16th, 2021

SUMMARY: EIGHTH 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 8 - The EIGHTH Week of SPRING CSA 2021!


Hello Dear CSA Members!

We have another beautiful share for you this week as we really start to get rolling through the season (more varieties and volume should start to come out more and more for the remainder of the season!).


We have something really special for you too (something many of you have been waiting for!)...GARLIC GREENS! Yes! Garlic greens are finally back (and could be for the next 4 weeks or so) and are one of the most requested items we offer! Along with the gorgeous garlic greens this week we also have radical redbor kale, crazy-tasty carrots, lovely lettuce and beautiful baby turnips this week and more 😂 (yes, I'm a 40 year old dork!).


📢📢As some of you know, this week, the Jewish people are celebrating the Holy Day of Shavuot which is on Monday and Tuesday. 👉The farm will be "closed" for these two days, and due to this, we will not be sending out a new newsletter for this week (THIS IS IT!). All the pickup locations and times are the same this week, nothing changes for you.


HAPPY SHAVUOT!!!!

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

Are you coming to the farm this Sunday between 1pm and 5pm?!? We have huge projects to do and we would LOOOOOOOOVE your help!


Squash plants are going in, shade cloth is going on the greenhouses and the carrot-crib (our giant shade/hail structure is being constructed for the season. We hope you can make it out!


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


Spring extras have been lacking, but more and more will be coming as the harvests get larger and larger. Keep an eye out for your favorite veggies for sale!


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

&

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.

 

SUMMER SHARES STILL AVAILABLE!

 

DID YOU KNOW?

(Carried over from week 5/11/2021)

Did you know that the production, processing and distribution of food is the world's largest economic activity? Not only is it the largest economic activity, but from farm to plate, the resulting emissions from agriculture is responsible for a staggering 44% to 57% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gases worldwide! WOW!


These greenhouse gases come from many different activities within the process of getting your food from the farm to your plate. 15% to 18% comes from land-use change and deforestation, while processing, transport and packing consists of 15% - 20% of the greenhouse gases being emitted. Waste accounts for an additional 2% - 4% and "other" non-food-related emissions adds another 43% - 56% of GHG's - directly from the production and distribution of agriculture.


These GHG's are coming from agrochemicals, the burning of fossil fuels in vehicles, the pumping of irrigation water, plowing and subsoiling to name a few of the major culprits. However, the largest contributor to GHG's world-wide is the release of carbon being held in the soil, primarily from tilling and land-clearing. This one activity has accounted for a staggering 320 billion tons of emissions, 155 billion tons of which have been released within the last 150 years!


Currently there are over two and a half TRILLION tons of carbon currently being held in the top meter of soils around the planet in addition to the above-ground biomass and detritus carbon of another 560 billion tons. If we add these two amounts together, we come to a number that is roughly six times greater than the amount of carbon currently in the atmosphere!


Did you hear that? Carbon gets LOCKED, or STORED in SOIL! In the top meter of soils is more Co2 than we have in the entire atmosphere. The question is: Can we store more? YES! How did the carbon get there to begin with? Well, carbon is plant-food and plants love it! Not only do they love it, but they thrive on it and need it as an essential part of their make-up. Plants (think lawns, trees, shrubs) take carbon from the atmosphere and they store it in the soil...then we come along and we till the soil, thereby releasing all the excess carbon into the atmosphere (what a bone-head move!).


Plowing and tilling is not only highly destructive to the organic carbon in the soil (food for the plants and microbes), but whenever we till our soils we lose approximately 3% of the carbon from that layer of soil we just inverted. Over years of repetition, this can have an enormously detrimental affect on our crops, but more so on the atmospheric GHG's that are being released by this process. In fact, most agricultural soils have lost between 30 and 40 tons of carbon per hectare, or 25% to 75% of what existed before the land was cleared!


We can fix this! It has been proven by Regeneration International, and many others, that if only 3% of all available arable land (think your front lawn, road-strips, parks and your back garden!) on the planet were to be managed in a "regenerative" way, that we could reduce 100% of ALL GHG emissions from our atmosphere! ALL! yes, this sounds nuts, especially if you are hearing it for the first time, but this is a well-known statistic. We have the solution to climate change...so why isn't it happening? Well, it is, just very slowly - and it starts with you! It starts with your food choices and the choices you make with your dollar - by supporting organizations who are being socially responsible and doing it right. You can also take many steps to make a difference too by taking steps to regenerate your lawn or local school grounds or park.


At Ahavah Farm, we decided to do it right from the beginning and since our founding almost 7 years ago we have placed carbon-negativity as a goal and mission of ours - to reduce emissions on our farm to such an extent that we actually remove more carbon out of the atmosphere than we put in.


We aren't perfect in our approach, but by taking multiple steps, and by utilizing carbon calculators, we are able to be fairly confident in our assessment that our farm is completely carbon-negative, including delivery, production, storage and the growing of the crops themselves!


We do it through six major practices: 100% solar power (seen here), reduced irrigation and water pumping, growing all year-round, refusing to use agrochemicals, by adding compost to the soil, by covering the soil whenever it is bare and not planted and by practicing zero/minimal-tillage.


We are confident that through the utilization of these six major practices (utilized alongside carbon calculators and soil-carbon tests in addition to many more less-critical beneficial practices) have led us to be confident in our assessment that we operate a fully carbon-negative farm and we believe that you can be absolutely confident in this assessment as well.


If you have any questions regarding any of our growing practices, or how we determine our carbon-negativity, or if you are interested in applying any of these practices to your personal farm, garden or lawn please join us for our classes as it is a passion for us to spread this information to as many people as will listen and implement it! Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/classes to register.

 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

(Continued from last week. See this section next week for a new update! unfortunately, all classes and tours were canceled this week due to the weather)


As you know, Ahavah Community Initiative loves to donate free food to those in need. But did you know that ACI is all about education and outreach too (see our class schedule below)!?


It's true! We strive to put on as many events and classes as we have the bandwidth to do. Classes include kids education classes (like Tracy's Storytime class every month) and project classes for children (like this week's "Build a Herb Box" class). We also do in-depth, professional level classes (like last week's Nursery Management class, and next week's Biological Agriculture 101 class). We also really enjoy putting on educational tours and events and sometimes we even have school groups (like later this month) and kids camps come and stay on the farm or we go and visit your school or event (like Yosef did last month for a Girl Scout group). In short, education is a key component to Ahavah Community Initiative and it isn't slowing down!

This week, Asher did a great job teaching the "Mother's Day Windowsill Herb Box" class. This is a class he came up with on his own and he designed the box himself (you can purchase the box with or without the herbs here). The students all built a pine box stained with Organic whey-based stain and they planted four herbs in the box: basil, thyme, chives and oregano.



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!

 

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