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The Ahavah Community Newsletter

February 15th, 2024 - Winter Season Week 2

What is Biological Agriculture and Why should You Care?

Dear FARMILY! This week's newsletter is chock-full of great information for all members and non-members alike! Loaded with articles, gardening tips, the weekly harvests, our event schedule and so much more - don't miss this weekly newsletter! Enjoy😁!

We made it to Week 2 of our winter season! Although there were a few bumps in Week 1, we think it went pretty well. How about all those yummy veggies you received. WOW!


As we dive into another week, we're happy to say that our harvest continues to flourish, despite the winter weather, to bring you a variety of delicious winter vegetables. Our farmers market and extras tables will be brimming with a diverse array of options, ensuring there's something for everyone's palate. Keep in mind that the quickly changing Colorado weather can cause our harvest to be smaller some weeks. That's to be expected this time of year, but so far, we have been lucky. 🌞

For those eager to stock up, extras will be availbable at all our pick-up locations. But for the ultimate selection, don't miss our farmers market on Fridays from 10am to 1pm at the farm. If you haven't been out, it's worth the trek to 7545 N. Log Road, in Peyton, CO. It's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the freshest produce and connect directly with the the source.

Behind the scenes, our dedicated team has been hard at work, meticously harvesting and nurturing your shares, Additionally, we've been diligently brainstorming ways to enhance your CSA experience. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we're committed to making this season, and our 10th year, the best one yet!

To our cherished members, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Your support and enthusiasm fuel our passion for regenerative farming , and we're honored to be part of such a vibrant community. Together, let's savor the delights of winter's offerings and continue to cultivate a healthier, happier future.

Thank you for being an integral part of our journey.



👩‍🌾Around the Farm This Week👩‍🌾

👈Each week, Charles and Aiden grow the most delicious microgreens. Charles is harvesting them here. Microgreens are a great way to boost the power of the nutrients in your food. Get some extras this week!

👉Asher is doing an amazing job as our CSA manager. Here he is helping out in the nursery to ensure everything is getting planted and our seedlings are getting the best care possible.

👈The Carmire kids had a blast playing in the snow. How many skaters do we have in our communty?

👉We have a fantastic team for our 10th year. We work hard, but we also have a lot of fun. One of our goals this year is to get to know you, so if you see one of these faces, come say "hi"!

👈Every week, at the market, we have fun things for kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy the bounce houses, big yellow bus, swings, and much more.

👇Just look at our new sign. Yosef did such a great job, with help from the rest of the team. Welcome to Ahavah Farm. We love you all. Ahavah Means Love!!!


📢📢📢Spring and Summer Share REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!📢📢📢

...and don't miss out on our REFER A FRIEND program to earn $25.00 for both YOU & a FRIEND!



Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA and you BOTH will receive $25 in credit to use ANYTIME you want! Use to buy extra vegetables, or take $25 off your next CSA purchase - your credit will never expire!

New members simply send an e-mail to to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $25 certificate!  It's that easy!😁


Ahavah Community Indoor Farmer's Market

Every Friday from 10am to 1pm!

Since we started our Farmer's Market in the Summer of 22', it has been on a ROLL! Our vendors love being here and the community has such a great time supporting their neighbors at our markets, every Friday* from 10am to 1pm.

Being indoors has been awesome too! No matter the weather, we will always have a market loaded with all your local favorites from grass-fed meat, local veggies, plants, crafts, delicious food and more! It's a great market and it's so nice to have such a great event even out here in Peyton! We hope you join us and bring your friends and family - EVERY FRIDAY FROM 10AM TO 1PM!



Most likely the busiest vendor at the market, The Sourdough Boulangerie has a reputation that precedes them and we are so grateful to have them as a part of our market! We absolutely LOVE Shawn and his amazing team. They make the best sourdough bread and so many other baked items - including many vegan and gluten-free items as well! Come by the market and get some of their bread and baked goodness - you'll be SO glad that you did!



We are so excited about our current line-up of vendors, but we are still seeking more!  

👉If you are a local vendor and are interested in attending our farmer's market, please reach out directly at and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.


What is Biological Agriculture &

Why Should You Care?

- By Yosef Camire

Biological agriculture, sometimes known as "biodynamic agriculture", "ecological agriculture," or even "bio-organic agriculture" among other names, is a holistic approach to farming and gardening that focuses on creating healthy, sustainable ecosystems by using biology to grow the healthiest and purest crops available - instead of chemicals (even "Organic" ones). The goal of biological agriculture is to promote the healthiest soil possible while increasing biodiversity to produce nutritious food in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible - and primarily focused.

What is Biological Agriculture?

Biological agriculture is a science-based approach to agriculture that uses the principles of

ecology, agronomy, and soil science to promote healthy, productive ecosystems. It is based on the idea that healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy food system, and

that by working with nature, we can produce abundant, nutritious food while minimizing our impact on the environment.

At its core, biological agriculture is about creating a balanced ecosystem in which plants, animals, and microorganisms work together to support one another. This means using techniques like crop rotation, intercropping, cover cropping, and natural pest control to promote soil health and biodiversity.

Why is Biological Agriculture Important?

Biological agriculture is important for several reasons. First, it can help to promote food security by increasing the resilience of agricultural systems and reducing the vulnerability of crops to pests, diseases, and climate change. By creating healthy, diverse ecosystems, farmers and gardeners can ensure that their crops are more resistant to environmental stresses and can produce higher yields over the long term.

Second, biological agriculture can help to promote soil health and conservation. By using techniques like crop rotation, cover cropping, and natural pest control, farmers and gardeners can reduce soil erosion, promote better soil structure, and enhance nutrient cycling. This not only improves the health of the soil, but it can also help to mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil.

Finally, biological agriculture is important because it can promote biodiversity and protect wildlife. By creating diverse, healthy ecosystems, farmers and gardeners can provide habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife that can help to pollinate crops and control pests.

How Can We Learn and Implement Biological Agriculture in Our Own Home Garden?

If you're interested in learning more about biological agriculture and how to implement it in your own home garden, there are several steps you can take:

  1. Start with the Soil: Biological agriculture begins with healthy soil. Take the time to test

your soil to determine its pH and nutrient levels, and work to improve it with organic matter, compost, and other soil amendments. Use techniques like cover cropping and crop rotation to promote soil health and reduce soil erosion.

  1. Plant a Diverse Range of Crops: One of the key principles of biological agriculture is to promote biodiversity. Plant a diverse range of crops, including annuals, perennials, and cover crops, to promote a healthy ecosystem that can support a range of beneficial insects and wildlife.

  2. Practice Natural Pest Control: Biological agriculture emphasizes natural pest control methods, such as companion planting, crop rotation, and the use of beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings. Avoid using synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which can harm beneficial insects and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem.

  3. Conserve Water: Biological agriculture emphasizes water conservation techniques, such as drip irrigation and mulching, to reduce water waste and promote healthy soil moisture levels.

  4. Learn from Other Gardeners: There are many resources available for learning about biological agriculture, including books, websites, and gardening groups. Look for local gardening groups or community gardens where you can connect with other gardeners and learn from their experience.

  5. The BEST way? Come to Yosef's Bio-Ag class (4-part series starting April 21st). Learn more about the class here. 


Biological agriculture is a holistic approach to farming and gardening that emphasizes soil health, biodiversity, and sustainability. By working with nature, we can create healthy, productive ecosystems that can provide us with nutritious food and protect the environment. If you're interested in learning more about biological agriculture and how to implement it in your own home garden, please learn about and register for Yosef's Bio-Ag class (4-part series starting April 21st). Yosef's 4-part series is an in-depth look at biological agriculture and how it impacts our planet, our health and our communities. This class is an interactive and hands-on class with some powerpoint class time and field time. Classes are approximately 2 hours in length and cover all the fundamentals and basics related to biological farming and gardening. A very valuable class for beginners and a great review for experts. Learn more about the class here. 


Ahavah Community Upcoming Schedule

👉February 16th @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉February 16th: Auto-renewals run at midnight.

👉February 23rd @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉 March 1st @ 10am:  It's our first HOMESCHOOL DAY of 2024. Bring the kids for this fun event. We will have an activity, a farm tour, and more. Plus, our FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉March 8th @ 10am:  ADULT EDUCATION! How to Grow Your Own. Part 1 of 4. w/ Lorin Mattemore. Email Beth at

👉March 15th @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Farm Tour with Yosef! and Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉March 22nd @ 10am:  FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market

👉March 29th @ 10am:   FAMILY FRIENDLY! Ahavah Community INDOOR Spring Market. It's the last week of our Winter Season!

Go to to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!



Can't make it to the Farm for the Friday Farmer's Market? THAT'S OK! Please be sure to check out the extras table at all of our CSA pickup locations: available for all members and even NON-MEMBERS!  

Simply come to any of the CSA locations on Thursday and Friday and pick up some of our beyond-organic veggies for sale!

Food bearing plants also qualify for SNAP !!!

For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to or via Venmo to 719-233-7828


🚨Updated Member Benefits🚨


🚨Easy & Flexible Payment Plans!🚨

🥕Paypal  "Pay Later" options on the website! These are no-credit check, interest-free online payment plans so you can make 4 smaller payments directly through Paypal. Ahavah Farm benefits as well by paid immediately, thereby providing the farm liquidity, while giving our members flexibility and ease of mind!

🥕We also still have FLEXIBLE and CUSTOMIZABLE offline pay plans in place if you would prefer to make payments via check. Please email us at if you would like more information on offline payment plan and to set up your payment schedule.


🚨Got SNAP? Save 50% Off Automatically!🚨

🥕If you receive EBT (aka SNAP) you will receive 50% off of your membership automatically!

In addition, all extra veggies sold at the market or the CSA locations and also all nursery plant starts are also 50% off when paying with SNAP!

Follow these steps to purchase your SNAP membership 👉


Founded in April of 2018, our mission is to connect people who are facing food insecurity due to financial struggles to locally-farmed, regeneratively-grown produce, and to provide education centered around healthy living and environmental consciousness. We do this by offering donated memberships to a local CSA program. Memberships include a weekly bag of produce along with discounted (often free) farm tours, classes, and events.

We want to help participate in the creation of a local food-system-economy, build on a diversity of local and regenerative food education and provide activities and children's events centered around environmentally responsible agriculture and pure, beyond-organic, local food.


🚨Donated share applications for SPRING close MARCH 17th!🚨

Ahavah Community Initiative's applications for a free SPRING CSA membership are open and close on March 17th. Do not miss this opportunity. 

All accepted applications include:  

🥕Free Veggie-Share CSA Membership (18 weeks of fresh, local vegetables)

🥕Offering FREE garden plants for you to grow your own!

🥕Free and discounted classes

🥕All regular membership discounts.

🥕Free delivery available on request.

🥕Fully anonymous. You are treated like any other member.


☝️☝️☝️☝️CLICK HERE TO APPLY☝️☝️☝️☝️



Oh the amazing power of community and crowdfunding!

Every week, at all of the CSA locations, we have a bin or jar that looks similar to this.  We ask all of our members to consider bringing just one dollar with them every week to help us provide a CSA membership to a families in need next season.

Don't say your dollar isn't important! The only way crowdfunding works is if we all participate.  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!

During the Fall season, your Bring-A-Buck dollars will allow us to donate Fall CSA shares to families facing food insecurity and to offer subsidized shares to struggling families as well.



Gardening Tip of the Week:

"Encouraging Beneficial Insects in Your Home Garden."

- By Yosef Camire

One of the key aspects of sustainable/regenerative gardening is the use of beneficial insects to control pests and promote plant health. In this article, we will discuss a regenerative gardening tip of the week that emphasizes the use of beneficial insects.

Tip of the Week: Encouraging Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Beneficial insects are those insects that are natural predators of garden pests. By encouraging these insects to live in your garden, you can reduce the need for harmful pesticides and create a more sustainable and healthy environment for your plants. Here are some tips for encouraging beneficial insects in your garden:

  1. Plant Diversity: One of the best ways to attract beneficial insects is to plant a diverse range of plants in your garden. Different insects are attracted to different plants, so planting a variety of plants will help to create a habitat for a diverse range of insects.

  2. Plant Flowers: Many beneficial insects are attracted to flowers, so planting a variety of flowering plants in your garden can help to attract and retain these insects. Examples of flowering plants that are attractive to beneficial insects include daisies, sunflowers, and marigolds.

  3. Avoid Chemical Pesticides: Chemical pesticides can be harmful to beneficial insects, so it is important to avoid using them in your garden. Instead, use natural methods such as hand-picking pests and using row-covers to protect plants.

  4. Provide Shelter: Beneficial insects need shelter to live and reproduce. You can provide shelter by creating habitat areas such as brush piles, rock piles, or logs. These areas can also provide nesting sites for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

  5. Consider Companion Planting: Companion planting is the practice of planting different

crops together in order to benefit one another. Certain plants can attract beneficial insects that will help to control pests on nearby plants. For example, planting dill or parsley near tomato plants can attract predatory wasps that will help to control tomato hornworms.

  1. Avoid Using Chemical Fertilizers: Chemical fertilizers can harm beneficial insects as well as the environment. Instead, use natural fertilizers such as compost to nourish your plants.

  2. Practice Crop Rotation: Crop rotation is the practice of planting different crops in different areas of your garden each year. This helps to reduce soil-borne diseases and pests, which can help to create a healthier environment for beneficial insects.

By following these tips, you can create a healthy and sustainable environment for beneficial insects in your garden. By doing so, you will reduce the need for harmful pesticides and create a more balanced ecosystem that promotes the health and growth of your plants.



Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't do it without you...but we need more help!

We need help with so many things:

  • Construction Projects

  • Landscaping Projects

  • Composting Projects

  • Harvesting, washing and prep.

  • Weeding

  • Bag Packing

  • Teaching Classes

  • General farm cleanup

  • and a skill you want to share? Let us know!

Volunteering is Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM.

Please let Jessie know you are interested, she will send more information and necessary paperwork, and we will welcome you with open arms!


What's in your bags this week?

Winter Week 2 - Feb 15th & 16th


This Week's Harvest

As always, nothing is guaranteed. These are the items that are "in season" and are anticipated to be ready this week (which may or may not be available at the CSA).

  • Small = 4-6 items per week ($25/wk)

  • Medium = 7-9 items per week ($35/wk)

  • Large = 10-12 items per week ($45/wk)

  • Tatsoi- This is a very versatile green, equally suited to being served raw or lightly cooked. To make it easy, just use tatsoi anywhere you'd use spinach.

  • Mustard greens- Add these leafy greens to your diet by mixing mustard greens into a chopped salad or cook it like most leafy greens. The greens are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E!

  • Onions- Our delicious onion varieties add flavor and texture to soups, salsas, curries, and sauces. They can also act as toppers for entrees like chili and burgers.

  • Radishes- Radishes are most often served raw, halved and sprinkled with salt, shaved into salads, layered over butter-smeared baguettes, or shredded into slaws. They also can be marinated with olive oil and lemon and mint for a refreshing salad, and they can be pickled with a classic vinegar-sugar-salt mix.

  • Turnips - the turnips were a little small this week, but that just means that they are sweeter! But the greens...those greens are so beautiful and so tasty! Buttery and LOADED with nutrition, we love to sauté these amazing greens and eat them alone with some garlic and onion or add them to eggs or a stew. The flavor isn't just amazing, the calcium bioavailability is beyond any other food on earth😲!

  • Carrots- The best carrots around! You will be amazed by how much flavor our carrots pack. Many of our members have commented that they cannot go back to store-bought after tasting our pure, beyond organic carrots!

  • Arugula- A leafy green with a peppery taste. Use it in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish. It is rich in vitamins and minerals!

  • Barley Wheat Grass - Many of our members absolutely love our barley grass and use it religiously. We hope you take the time to learn and enjoy this most amazingly nutritious green! More nutritious than wheat grass and less bitter, barley grass is used mostly for juicing. However, I, Yosef (and many of our team members) love to use ian energy and nutrition

  • Radish Microgreens - Next to the barley grass and the sunshoots, radish microgreens are some of the most nutritiously-dense items we grow on the farm and not only that, but during our annual survey last year, they ranked as the #1 most requested and love item we grow! They have a fantastic bite to them, last considerably long in the refrigerator and are beautiful in appearance.

  • Pea Shoots - One of the most desired and sought after items we provide are these pea shoots! Quite literally the best you added to any dish or salad. Our favorite way is to add them to stews and soups. A perfect topper too! Here are four fun ways to use Pea Shoots: as

  • Broccoli Microgreens - Last week we told you that Radish Microgreens were the #1 most loved item we grow, well, these microgreens weren't on the list then! I have a sneaking suspicion that these microgreens are the real winners!

  • Sunshoots - Our sunshoots are certainly some of the nicest, most high-quality sunshoots you will ever find (that actually goes for all our microgreens). They are one of the most beloved items we grow as well and a regular staple to our CSA. Here are some ideas to use your sunnies this week:

  • Living Herbs - We have an abundance of beautiful living herbs for you. Choose from cilantro, oregano, parsley and more. Each plant counts as one serving.


Veggie of the week!

Barley Grass

Barley grass is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, calcium, potassium, and chlorophyll.

It boosts immunity to protect against infections. It helps the body remove toxins and heavy metals. It is high in dietary fiber to help support a healthy gut. Barley grass can help with blood sugar regulation. and has anti-inflammatory properties. Incorporating barley grass into your diet can contribute to overall health and well-being with part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

How to make Barley Grass Powder

To make barley grass powder, you'll need barley grass, a dehydrator or an oven, and an blender or food processor. Here's the basic outline:

  1. Harvest fresh barley grass, or buy it from Ahavah Farm.

  2. 2. Rinse the barley grass thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.

  3. Pat the barley grass dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.

  4. If you are using a dehydrator, spread the barley grass evenly on the dehydrator tras. If you are using an oven, spread it on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  5. Degydrate the barley grass at a low temperature. (around 100 - 110 degrees F) until it's completely dried out. This process can take several hours.

  6. Once the barley grass is dried, remove it from the dehydrator or oven and let it cool completely.

  7. Transfer the dried barley grass to a blender or food processor and grind it into a fine powder.

  8. Store the barley grass powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

That's it! You now have homemade barley grass powder ready to be used in smoothies, juices, or other recipes.


⚠ ⚠ ⚠ BAGS! We need your bags (PLEASE🙏) !!⚠ ⚠ ⚠

Thank you everyone for recycling your LARGE bags with us!  When we receive your bags we immediately quarantine them for 2 weeks before reusing them to ensure they are safe of any yuckies. Thank you for bringing them and any others you may have (we need any large PAPER-ONLY grocery bags you may have) THANK YOU!



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