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.
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.
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.