Welcome to the 2014 CSA!

Howdy everyone,

Welcome aboard & thanks for joining forces with us this year!

It’s been an incredibly busy spring, getting settled into our new off-grid home on the Farm while also getting the field & plants rolling for the season.
soaking beans for planting
soaking beans for planting

The late lingering snow on the ground kept things off to a slow start at first, but now temperatures are much more seasonally appropriate – cool season crops are growing in the field, the warm weather crops are being sun-hardened in the greenhouse and about ready to hit the fields as well.

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So far this spring we plowed the field, built the greenhouse, upgraded our solar power system, finished the deer and varmint fencing, set up the gravity drip irrigation system, and started thousands of plants both indoors and directly in the field. We’re now moving toward a permanent-bed field, so that we can work on enriching specific patches of soil over time, and let the walkways remain constant from year to year.

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purple seed potatoes
purple seed potatoes

 

friends helping wire the electric deer fence
friends helping wire the electric deer fence

We’ve also invested some work in future seasons; planted hundreds of free raspberry bushes and a cherry tree, dug out and started filling a hugelkultur bed, and inoculated a big stack of shiitake mushroom logs.

planting hundreds of free raspberry bushes (thanks to the late Afton Raspberry Company!)
planting hundreds of free raspberry bushes (thanks to the late Afton Raspberry Company!)

 

mulching the new raspberry beds
mulching the new raspberry beds
laying the foundation of the Hugelkultur bed
laying the foundation of the Hugelkultur bed

 

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planting the sour cherry tree
inoculating mushroom logs with friends
inoculating shiitake mushroom logs with friends
the "root cellar" aka "The Hole" - our off-grid fridge
the “root cellar” aka “The Hole” – our off-grid fridge
For awhile it was quite cold and chilly, and we waited for the sun’s warming rays. Then it got sunny and hot, blazing away at us out in the shadeless field – and we remembered that chilly isn’t so bad. Then the rains came, bringing clouds … of mosquitoes. All day and night long for the last couple of days. Holy. Crap. So now we can’t wait for the hot, dry sun to return and bake down upon us again, scorching away the mosquitoes. We’ll be grateful for it this time …

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CSA Shares
Assuming that we survive this onslaught of bloodsuckers, the first of the weekly CSA boxes should be ready in about two weeks. After a lot of deliberation, we’re going with Wednesday evening for share pickup. We will have two pick-up locations – one in South Minneapolis, and one in Vadnais Heights. Please let us know which location is best for you!
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attacked by the damned row cover
attacked by the damned row cover
tamed row cover
tamed row cover
saving garlic from beneath the deep winter mulch
saving garlic from beneath the deep winter mulch

Farm Visits

CSA members are welcome to come visit throughout the year, just to check things out – or to get your hands in the dirt alongside us.

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We always have several projects pending – if there is something specific you’d like to help out with, get in touch so we can coordinate. Some of the things we have lined up include:

  • transplanting from greenhouse to field
  • weeding (very relaxing!)
  • mulching
  • repairing the pull cord on the generator
  • building a solar dehydrator
  • assembling the pallet fort / guesthouse
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Keeping in Touch

We’ll send out weekly email updates like this throughout the season, with links to the full-photo version in the blog.

If you’re on Facebook, ‘Follow’ us on there to see updates from the Field and such.

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Get in touch if you have any questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, constructive criticisms, jokes, or just want to say hello!
See you all soon; happy Spring!!

the Sehrs

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