9-21- 2014 farm notes


As fall approaches and harvest is in full swing we have been harvesting from gardens around town, saving  seeds, and even doing a little canning. 20140920_135328       20140921_122705

This weeks box  inculdes Beets, Carrots, Red Russian & Red-bor Kale, Broccoli, Leeks, Summer squash, Butternut squash, Corn, Sage, Mint, Peppers, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Onions & Tomatoes

 This week  Jon is in New York at the Peoples Climate March, he  rode out there with some 300 Minnesotans on 6 buses!  More than 40000 people joined the march including 12 hundred marching bands! ~more info about the march can be found on democracynow.org and online @peoplesclimate.org/

In one of our gardens we have planted the three sisters ~ corn beans and squash, with the addition of cherry tomatoes. It is growing wonderfully and it is amazing to see this poly-culture in full swing, with squash growing on the ground around the corn and Cherokee trail of tears black pole beans and cherry tomatoes growing up the corn stalks, it makes such use of a small space. When harvesting from the center of this garden patch, I almost forgot I was in the city as I was surrounded by such productive lush green plants.  Another amazing poly-culture we have been planting for the past 3 years is broccoli, bush beans, thyme & onions. All of the plants in this combination seem to be a lot more productive when they are planted together.  I truly enjoy exploring what poly-cultures and plant communities do well together. Thanks to our CSA members and the people who have donated their yards for making these beautiful garden harvest, experimentation & exploration moments possible.

I have also been gathering herbs such as Yarrow, Calendula, Echinacea, Mullen, Elderberries, & Burdock, in preparation for our fall herbal medicine baskets. The baskets include tinctures, salves, syrups, and more.  If you or any one that you know would be interested please spread the word Info , photos & more, can be found  on the community supported herbalism page