CSA Work Day # 2

We had much nicer weather for yesterday’s CSA work share day.  Two members came out and we worked on the hoophouse & made soil block mix & blocks.  If things had gone a little more smoothly, we’d probably have gotten the whole frame up, but some of the sleeves are stuck on the ground posts & we were not able to remove all of them.  So we got 1/3 of the bows put up.  We may have to fabricate some larger sleeves.

If you live in Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, Sheridan, or thereabouts, and are looking for a CSA where you have the opportunity to get more involved & see what happens on a working vegetable farm, we have the one for you!  As one of our members said today when things were a little crazy during the project, “You can’t make this stuff up!”  It’s always an adventure around here.

We are looking in to having a couple on-farm events that are fun-centered throughout the summer.  U-Pick peas and a salsa fest are being considered.  We’ve also heard a lot of interest is out there for visiting our baby chicks when they arrive.

CSA Work Day #1

4 friends, new & old, came out & braved cold, drizzling conditions to help out with putting up our hoophouse.  They stood in puddles, lost shoes in the mud, and even brought side dishes.  They made a lot more space in the pole barn, sorted out all the parts, put together all the hoops, and have the posts driven.  Once it dries out a little, we’ll get the hoops up & take some pictures!

We are so grateful that folks who, in some cases, have just met us are willing to take time out of their weekends to help us in our effort to build a sustainable family farm.  Perhaps it’s our farm name, but many of our members seem to be employed in technical fields or be engineers.  It’s doubly amazing to me that many “desk job” sorts of persons will come out and spend a day covered in mud to help us out.

We’ll be using this hoophouse, assuming it makes it up in a timely fashion, to grow early tomatoes for the CSA & market.  I hope to get a few cucumbers going in there also, and possibly early greens.

Long term, we have the pieces for 1 more hoophouse that’s twice as long, or 2 that are the same size.  We’d like to use one to grow & start produce, and use the other for overwintering chickens, probably alternating between the two as needed to maintain soil fertility.

2010 CSA and Markets..

We signed the contract and will be at the Carmel Farmers Market throughout the 2010 season.  The market starts on May 22nd and runs through October 2nd – a few weeks earlier and later than in past years.  We’re still working on adding another market, and will keep you posted when that’s determined.

We still have space in our 2010 CSA. 16 weeks of produce, mid-June through late September or early October.  Applications are available here!

Baby plants are now growing in our seed-starting house, and baby chicks are coming in less than a month.  It’s almost spring!