SUMMARY: THIRD Week of FALL 2020! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - CLASSES AND TOURS - VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK
Week 3 - The THIRD Week of FALL CSA 2020!
HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS! We are passed all the Jewish High Holydays and are looking forward to heading toward a smooth 10 more weeks. The only obstacle we have now is Thanksgiving. Keep an eye out for an update regarding that week's schedule - we will announce it as we get closer.
Well, so far we have had some beautiful shares and this week is no different! Of course, we are done with all the summer crops: All the peppers, squash, tomatoes and other summer crops are gone. But what's coming should be just as exciting! We are moving fully into Fall-mode with fresh beets, carrots, turnips and onions as our main staples with a series of greens and microgreens mixed in. This week you can expect leeks, celery-root, turnip greens, fennel, carrots, kohlrabi, some dried herbs and plenty more.
See below for what's coming in your bags this week.
Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!
WINTER CSA REGISTRATION OPENS THURSDAY, October 15th!
If you are a member that is NOT registered for "Automatic-Renewal," and you want a Winter CSA share, Thursday is the day to sign up! We don't know how the sales will go this time around, but we always sell out and do not expect this season to be an exception.
To make things easier for you, current members can simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org (reply to this e-mail) and let us know that you want to be placed on "Auto-Renewal." By doing so, not only will you secure your spot for the Winter 2021, but you will also automatically receive 5% off and an additional 5% off for every season thereafter.
EXTRA VEGGIES FOR SALE
DON'T FORGET: SNAP MEMBERS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!
As always, all prices are
See the weekly "What's in your Bag" e-mails that get sent on Wednesdays for your "extras" list.
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com or via Venmo to 719-233-7828 or by paying with credit card over the phone.
CLASSES AND TOURS
Today is our last tour of the year!
Unfortunately, this upcoming tour is the last of the year. We won't have any more tours until next Spring!
We will still be continuing our classes throughout the Winter and, as always, we would LOVE for your skills to be represented too! Have a special skill to share? Homesteading 101 skills are great and always in demand. Let us know if you have a class you would like to teach!
This is Terri and her husband Mark. Both Mark and Terri have been members of our CSA for years and all along the way they have volunteered with us regularly too.
Mark has been involved numerous times and really enjoys getting involved with projects like construction, while Terri regularly volunteers every week as part of our weeding team. Both Mark and Terri really deserve so much more credit than they have gotten, as they have been involved in so much on the farm and off the farm over the years. During the Bomb Cyclone recovery, Terri and Mark were here many times helping us rebuild. When we had the major hemp harvest of 2019 (pictured above) they were here then too. In between, at the CSA locations, or at the events, from packing bags, pulling weeds, harvesting and washing to projects and more, this amazing couple have really made a huge impact on our farm and we are very grateful to them!
Terri, you specifically have been an incredible blessing to our farm. You show up every week, go right to your tasks and often times I miss you all together! However, you should know that your impact on the farm is hugely beneficial, is recognized regularly and does not go unnoticed. We love having you and the benefit you bring to the farm is probably much bigger than you know! The team appreciates you and you are always so nice and warm and friendly and you always do such a thorough job. Thank you for your smile and your hard work we hope you and Mark will continue to volunteer with us and be members of our community for many more years!!
Want to get involved? 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
Ahavah Community Initiative (ACI) is the most important part of the Ahavah Farm mission and yet ACI is a completely separate entity from the farm and is run by a 100% volunteer board with virtually no overhead (although we are hoping to make our first part-time hire soon). The mission of ACI is aimed directly at reaching those families in our local area who are struggling to obtain purest vegetables they deserve (see our mission statement to the right).
We love doing classes, putting on events and hosting school groups. We love doing environmental and community projects and doing educational tours as well. The thing we care most about, however, is in feeding families in need. Thousands and thousands of families in our local area are struggling to acquire the nutritionally-dense food their family deserves. Many are ill with terminal and chronic diseases requiring bio-available nutrition that can only come through regeneratively-grown produce sources, like Ahavah Farm.
The truth is that a large proportion of your fellow CSA members are members who have received free memberships donated by ACI. Whether they are receiving SNAP double-up grants, pay-what-you-can-afford subsidized shares or fully donated shares, there are about 60+ families every season, that are being directly impacted by ACI...in some cases, we are the only source of vegetables for these members.
We couldn't do this without you. We mean this. Without you, not a single person gets impacted - and you may think "Well, I didn't do much," but if you have brought a single dollar, you have! We don't ask for much, and the majority of our fundraising does come from our "Bring-a-buck" campaign at the CSA locations. However, as impactful as this campaign has been, it's not bringing in the funds we need to survive nor what our community needs to thrive.
Every season the applications come through and they are overwhelming. The stories are heartbreaking and the number of applicants are growing continuously. Yet, we can't reach these people without your help. ACI needs more funds, period. We want to reach more people and feed more families. We want to be able to educate our community, do community projects and continue to feed local, struggling families. To be as impactful as possible, we are going to need to hire a part-time employee to help facilitate, organize and manage our programs as well. The bottom line is that if we want to make a bigger impact in our community we are going to need to ask for more money.
We are about to launch the Winter CSA application for donated CSA shares, and we know that we are going to receive a record number of applicants again this season and we know that we won't be able to support them all.
Over the past two and a half years, ACI has raised and donated over $80,000 worth of FREE FOOD and services to local families in need! Partnered with Ahavah Farm, that number gets nearly doubled. Including SNAP and double up grants, together, between ACI and Ahavah Farm, we have donated over $200,000 of free food and services to our local community.
Over the past two and a half years, we have proven that ACI is a valuable asset to our community and we have proven to be responsible with the funds you have honored us to distribute. We have proven that the community needs us and now we are asking you to dig deep and support the community and our organization again. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to support local families in need get the nutritionally-dense vegetables all families deserve.