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Free Farm Consulting

Are you a small farm owner in Mendocino County? Did you know that Adam can give you farm technical assistance for free? That’s right! Usually, consultants charge at least $50.00/hour, but through West Company’s ‘Strengthening CSAs by Building Capacity and Expanding Markets Program,’ farmers can pick Adam’s brain and get technical advice for free.

If you know a farmer who is looking for assistance but cannot afford the typical consulting fees, please let them know about this FREE FARM CONSULTING.

Consulting Flier

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3rd Annual National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa Next Week

Happening next week is The National Heirloom Expo! http://www.theheirloomexpo.com/

Adam and Paula will be giving a workshop there on Wednesday, September 11 at 2:00pm on “Whole Farm Planning for On-Farm Fertility.” There is sooo much to see here, we suggest you go over to the website above to see the lineup and make it south to Santa Rosa next week!

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Local Food Time Ticker

From The Land Connection http://www.thelandconnection.org Instead of comparing prices between locally-grown and non-local foods, let’s compare nutritional value and indirect economic benefits to the community!

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broccoli seedlings

Seeds are getting sown. Soil is getting prepped. February is quite contrary as we jump into spring vegetable production! The outlook: a dry and warm late winter / early spring. Since we have no reserves, in order to provide fabulous produce for the start of the season, we depend on community support to farm. We are budgeting for 75 CSA households joining us this year, although we could take more. So far, we have 6. It’s better for us to see what our membership will look like sooner rather than later so we can adjust our crop plan for other markets. In about 6 weeks, our spring crop plan will be unadjustable. By the beginning of May, our summer crop plan will be locked in.

We have ordered spring seeds but are short the funds to order summer seeds, including tomatoes, which we need to start in the greenhouse this month. Fortunately, meat sales and off-farm work are helping cashflow the farm right now. By March, if we can get at least 30 members to at least put the minimum deposit of $150 down, we can get the seeds, fertilizer (chicken manure to compost) and rental of the compost spreader. It would also let us know whether to continue with our current crop plan or shift toward planting more profitable veg for other markets. (For example, greens are much more profitable to grow than broccoli or potatoes.)

The community commitment to invest in local sustainable agriculture motivates us to support our community with agriculture. We think this translates to preservation of open space, meaningful employment, and flavorful nutritious food. Tell your friends, co-workers, and neighbors about the vegetable CSA and what it means to you. You can sign up online at mendoorganics.csasignup.com or download a paper Member Agreement atmendocinoorganics.com/produce

 

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Participation in the 2013 Vegetable CSA season at Mendocino Organics is now open!

Until March 1, 2013, we will waive the New Member Fee*.

Please find details on our website here, or contact Paula with any questions.

Paula@MendocinoOrganics.com

(707) 272-2711

Once you have learned about our farm and what we plan for vegetable production, you can sign up online

http://mendoorganics.csasignup.com

or download a hardcopy of the Participation Agreement

*The New Member Fee ($10.00) covers administration costs associated with the CSA.

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Since we’re sitting here in front of the computer, we might as well give a quick update about the 2013 Vegetable CSA! We are very excited to grow vegetables, that we might even sow some seeds this week. But, before we get ahead of ourselves in the fields, we are staying on top of the administrative side of things.

If you weren’t a Vegetable CSA member in 2012, you may not know that we use a great tool for managing the CSA called Member Assembler. It’s a cloud-based program from Small Farm Central that helps us take CSA sign ups, keep track of payments, and many other things. Last year, we primarily used it for emailing our weekly CSA newsletter, but this year, we plan to fully take advantage of its management tools (after all, we’re paying for it).

While we will still have the traditional Participation Agreement in paper for folks to sign up with, if you have email and reliable internet access, we encourage you to utilize our online sign-up process. It’s very  quick. You will have to option to view your membership status and make payments via credit card. There will still be the option to pay in installments, whether you pay by credit card or check. Note that there will be a 3% credit card fee (PayPal). If you are paying by check in installments, you must send us post dated checks for the installments with your initial enrollment.

In the next couple days, we expect to roll out online sign ups for the 2013 Vegetable CSA 🙂 We hope you like the new things we have planned for members this year – think new optional add-on shares & discounts. Oh, and there will be benefits to signing up early, too!

computer view!

computer view!

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From NPR’s food blog, The Salt! There are currently no standards or a clear definition for CSA farms, and we hear this discussion going around more lately.

What is Community Supported Agriculture? The Answer Keeps Changing

by Ted Burnham

(Psst, do you like podcasts? We do, like NPR’s Food Podcast. It’s good listening in the propagation greenhouse.)

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