Author: Dale West

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Credit Cards: A Last Resort

Because of the slowness of the economy and the all pervasive switch to internet purchases, we have found it difficult to keep our head above water. As a result, we have taken advantage of lots of credit card offers! If you have not tried very much to borrow from credit card companies, you will find this very helpful and interesting information. Remember, credit cards are a last resort. Dave Ramsey of all people would say, “Just rip up all your credit cards!”

If you must use them, please stay tuned for our next installment.

Dealing With Weeds

I have lots to share on gardening, so you can expect a number of entries real soon.

I hate weeds! don’t you? Here’s an answer to them. Cover your plants with black plastic (with holes where the plants pop out of course). But how do you keep the edges of the black plastic from lifting up? We have a band-saw lumber business in our area, and because I have a 10’ box truck, I buy from them a bunch of 3/4” x 2” x 12’ lengths of wood and lay it on top of the edges of the plastic.

CSAs and Shared Risk: We’re in This Together

There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk. In most CSAs, members pay up front for the whole season, and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. If things are slim, members are not typically reimbursed. The result is feeling that we’re in this together.

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How CSAs Benefit Farmers & Consumers

This past summer, my wife and I grew a large, luscious garden and opened up a roadside stand (West’s Homegrown Produce) to the right of our garage in Gloversville. As we grew, we became more and more convinced that we could better serve our customers and our farm if we formed a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

More people each year are being exposed to the CSA concept as both farmers and consumers realize the benefits to be reaped by all parties. If you haven’t yet heard about it or if you are considering joining a CSA, you’ll want a general idea of what’s involved.

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