Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our CSA: Birds and Bees Community Farm

We have had a wonderful experience with our local CSA for almost 2 years now--been getting fresh fruit and veggies all year long (with extended winter share) We get a half share(since we also grow veggies in our yard) and take turns with a neighbor with the driving who also gets 1/2 share.  Our once a month trip to the farm is something I really look forward to.

There are several good reasons to join a CSA (community supported agriculture)
  • supporting a local farm, your local economy, a small farm-sometimes a family--
  • Fresh local veggies
  • You are more in charge of your food-You can see where it comes from..see how it is grown
  • You get to experiment with new foods; it makes you eat more fruits and veggies.
  • You become more in touch with what is in season and learn to adapt to that-
  • Each week is a surprise--a treat to find out what you have in your box to try

It is run by John Martinson and Bev Koch. The farm is small, with only sixteen shares. They grow on a corner of Mahonia Land Trust Conservancy, 67 acres of green space, wildlife habitat, sustainable forest, and the farm. (I have excerpted some of what they had included in their email info on their farm)

"Birds & Bees Community Farm has since 1994 supplied fresh and nutritious produce to local households. As a farm participant, you get a share of whatever the farm grows, an assortment of vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs, honey, and filberts. (each week's cost is equals out to be about $26--which includes a wonderful amount of food that feeds our family of 4 amply)--

They grow: "apples, arugula, Asian greens, basil, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, celery, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, eggs, figs, filberts, garlic, grapes, herbs, wildflower honey, kale, kiwis, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, loganberries, marionberries, melons, mustard, onions, peaches, pears, snow and snap peas, peppers (sweet & hot), plums and prunes, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, shallots, spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, tayberries, tomatoes, turnips, winter squash, zucchini, and more? In any given year, some crops may fail, while others produce a bumper crop. We attempt, however, and generally succeed, in providing a balanced and varied assortment of produce week after week, absolutely fresh and grown for high nutrition and taste."

 Recently, their cow gave birth.
 Feeding the bunny and chickens is a treat for the kids!  (not to mention getting some of their eggs in our share) 

 My daughter especially enjoys the swing!
 Each share gets some honey each year
 Never saw a solar oven before--although I've been hearing about them.  Bev and John implement some wonderfully simple and sustainable ideas for their home.
Green houses keep us fed with wonderful salads all year!

some of the food all ready to be picked up!

the two shares all packed up and ready for the trip home--tons of yummy fruits and veggies this past week!

Birds & Bees Community Farm
20495 S. Geiger Road
Oregon City, OR 97045-9712

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