CSA Newsletter May 25th, 2021

SUMMARY: Ninth 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 9 - The NINTH Week of SPRING CSA 2021!


Hello Dear CSA Members!

Wow have we had a fun and productive couple of weeks! Let's see, we planted 2,500 squash, melon and pumpkin plants, we prepped and planted the entire north garden, the carrot crib and more. We also gave a tour to an amazing group of about 40 kids and adults from the Mountain Song school and we had a special guest from Turtle Badger Farm, Mark Robinson, give an amazing class on composting! We also built a really cool water-buffalo (a big trailer with a 150 gallon water tank and pump) that we will be using to water our trees as we start our food-forest (more on this below!), and we started that process by transplanting about 70 trees this week - and we have thousands left to go!!


That's right, we are foresting the 40 acres of our property (though it may take some years to do so!). This will be a long transition to a permaculture farm and food forest (10+ years). We have been wanting to put in thousands of trees on our property, fruit and perennials but we just haven't had the opportunity to move forward with this project. Now is the time. My cancer is improving (and my ability to do things), last year was covid-19 and the year before was the bomb cyclone that destroyed 6 of our greenhouses - so this is the year!


Not only is it the year for trees, it's going to be the best summer season we have ever had, I can almost guarantee it! I can't tell you how much food we will have and how good we are doing! Last summer was the best summer we have ever had. This year should be even better! We have more of EVERYTHING and the team is absolutely rocking it on every-single-level! I'm so proud of this team and how hard they work and how well they do it!


This week you can expect ANOTHER gorgeous share! Garlic greens are returning this week along with chives and loads of lettuce, kale, radishes, carrots, fennel 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

Our next Open-House volunteer day is not until June 13th, 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


Spring extras have been lacking - that's true! However, they should pick up here soon and you will have more options as our harvests improve along with the changing seasons!


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?

Did you know that Ahavah Farm is putting in a food forest!? We are so excited about this development as we have been planning this for YEARS! You can see exactly what that is in this nicely created infographic to the left and you can read more about it here. We are finally able to put into place some of our dreams of making this farm a more permanent and MORE environmentally supportive farm (more on that next week!).

So, we started the project by building a big water-buffalo (a big trailer with a 150 gallon water tank and a pump). We also purchased a bunch of slow-drip bucket spouts to fill up so we can get the trees established, using the water-buffalo, throughout the property. Finally, we were able to plant about 75 trees over the last few days and we will be putting in 1,000's more over the coming weeks, months and years.


A project of this scope will take many thousands of dollars, a ton of ingenuity and a lot of effort. However, in the end, our farm, our community and our planet, will be much better off for it. We will be slowly transitioning away from annual agriculture and crops to more permanent fruits, nutz, herbs and vegetables that are of a more permanent (permaculture) variety. For instance, we will be installing asparagus, strawberries, mint and chives, apples, plums, paw-paws, blackberries and raspberries and more. The benefits, as you can see from the above picture are numerous and very worth the effort our family will be making and we are so excited about this process.


If you are interested in being a part of this project, we would love any help we can get and any donations for / of trees and shrubs and fruit bushes etc. would be more than welcome - we would be very grateful! Please reach out to Bekka at contact@ahavahfarm.com if you are interested in volunteering or donating to this project!

 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

We LOVE serving our community!


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 Asher's "Build a Herb Box" class and the upcoming blacksmithing 101 class!). We also do in-depth, professional level classes (like last week's Nursery Management class, and our Biological Agriculture 101 class). We also really enjoy putting on educational tours and events and sometimes we even have school groups (like the one pictured here from Mountain Song School) 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 we put on two classes: We had a special guest, Mark Robinson from Turtle Badger Farm, come to the farm to teach our students how to make, manage and apply compost. What a great class it was! Also, pictured above is the Mountain Song School group that came out today. It was a blast to have this many kiddo's come out today and learn about climate change, environmental stewardship and they learned all about the how, what, why we grow the way we do and they got to plant a sunflower and take it home!


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!!

 

🔦 The Farm Crew Spotlight🔦

Unfortunately, I was unable to get a farm-crew spotlight for this week. Next week I will spotlight Holly!


Photo above from left to right: Havah, Ovadya, Aiden, Eliana, Israel, Joe, Asher, Yosef, Shane, Caleb (no longer here), R. Shapiro, Tess, Josh and Lorin. Not pictured: Esther, Evan, Charles, Holly and Bekka.

 

NURSERY NEWS