CSA 2016

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Instructions:   Here you will find three links to pages for you to print, fill out, and mail with your deposit to-

Sign Up Sheet

CSA Agreement

New Member Survey

Goodness Grows

5360 Bedford Valley Rd.

Bedford, PA 15522

You may also email your documents to goodgrows@gmail.com and I will contact you to make payment arrangements that best suit your needs.

Our CSA:  We offer the area’s only 100% certified organic CSA from May – October (see below about our winter shares.)  With the addition of our commercial kitchen certification, we can start our year strong, and end it that way as well! Early on, we will see products from our small grains, such as breads and baked goods, soy products such as vegan sausage and gluten free cookies, and animals products such as cheese, meat, and eggs.  Please note–these animal products are not available to the public–only shareholders get to enjoy the goods from the barn!  We are the only farm in the area to offer certified organic fruit and grains in our CSA packages.  The great variety, combined with our extended growing season, makes our certified organic CSA a fantastic value.

The Basics: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) agreements are a unique relationship between farmer and consumer.  CSA members pledge their support to a farm, through financial contribution and volunteer efforts, and receive weekly produce in return. As a shareholder, you become a contributor and partial owner of the farm’s harvest.  Modest participation in farm activities will increase the bond between farmer and consumer, and this is our aim through our CSA program. This arrangement gives our farm more liberty to offer a wide variety of products, including meat and dairy. You own the goat, you feed the chickens (so to speak), and you reap the rewards!

Contribution:  The cost for a ‘half’ share is $265 plus five hours of volunteer work, a ‘regular’ share is $465 plus ten hours of volunteer work, and a ‘large’ share is $715.00 plus fifteen hours of volunteer work. For a description of the volunteer requirement, see below. For your contribution, you will receive lots of great fruit and veggies (along with occasional eggs, cheese, or meat, if that floats your boat) at convenient pick-up locations in the greater Cumberland, Maryland and Bedford areas.   A half share will feed 1-2 people (we really do not recommend a half share for families larger than that), a regular share can comfortably feed a family of 3-4, while a large share is perfect for families of 6+ people or folks who do lots of canning and preserving.  A deposit of $165 for a half share, $265 per regular share, and $375 for a large share is due by April 15th.  If you pay the entire balance in full by March 15th, you will receive a 5% discount.

Volunteer Hours: Being part of a community farm offers rich experience as well as super fresh, healthy food!  Becoming a farm volunteer will give us the time to get to know you, and gives you the time to get to know where your food comes from.Volunteer hour requirements are for the whole season.   Our volunteer requirement is very flexible and can be tailored to your individual needs. We understand that not everyone can spend several hours weeding on their hands and knees, and that sometimes, there are physical limitations, time constraints, etc. You can do anything from helping in the fields, to helping bundle CSA bags, to lending a hand at the market, or participating in our CSA Advisory Committee–there are many possibilities. Also, if you want to bring a friend or the rest of the family, their hours will count toward fulfilling your volunteer requirement! Please feel free to let us know about your particular wants and needs, and we will do our best to accommodate them!

Pick-up:  We will be posting precise locations shortly after we receive all applications (by April 15th) in order to ensure convenient arrangements for all of our members.  Tentatively, we have planned the following pickup locations & time frames:

  • Bedford on Wednesdays at the Farmer’s Market, 9:00am-1:00pm and at the Wholesome Living Marketplace, 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Cumberland, Maryland on Thursdays at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, 9:30am- 1:00pm
  • Everett on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market at the Mason Temple Parking Lot, 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Goodness Grows, flexible days and hours
  • Contact us for other locations…We will be willing to arrange group drop off points at other destinations provided we can get enough interest!

Planned Offerings:

We highly encourage you to come pick up your bags at the market, if at all possible, so you can take advantage of the market-style choices when available. If you are unable to do so, you can still pick up a pre-packaged bag full of the very best of the week’s products at your regular location.

Planned offerings include breads, tofu and other soy products, meats, dairy items, eggs, apples, black raspberries, peaches, strawberries, beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce (varieties), mesclun, herbs (varieties), tomatoes, winter and summer squash, peppers, nuts (yes, nuts!), cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, corn, beets, radishes, sprouts (varieties), spinach, eggplant, melons, turnips, tomatillos, zucchini, kohlrabi, swiss chard, sunflower seeds, and more! Each week, you can expect to see 5-8 different items in your bag.

Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions: We are aware that many people have dietary needs that do not encompass all that we have to offer. For this reason, we have our survey for each member to fill out. We do our very best to substitute items you cannot enjoy for items that you CAN enjoy. We have even grown specialty crops in our trial gardens for our vegan members and those with a delicate digestion. Please let us know if you need to refrain from any items so we can keep them out of your bag and prevent cross-contamination, particularly with nuts and other severe food allergies. Within the five years that we have offered our CSA program, we have never had an issue of cross contamination with allergens in anyone’s bags. We have also been able to successfully introduce new foods to those with restricted diets to expand their limited menus because of the bountiful variety of items we grow for our members.

To sign up,  download the registration forms to print and mail below.   If you would like to pay by credit or SNAP benefits, please email or call me so we may arrange payment.   Thanks so much and we look forward to a fantastic season working with you.

 

Winter Shares!!!   

We have been working on a way to provide our loyal customers with local certified organic farm fresh foods through the winter, so by popular demand we decided to offer our winter CSA package.   The winter shares are on a month by month basis, and will be going to Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, MD two Saturdays a month.  We will have a local farm pick up on Fridays.  April will be our last month for winter shares.   You may sign up anytime before the first delivery of the month.   Click on the link below for more details.

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First week CSA

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Wild and Wonderful Salad!

So exciting to have our first CSA deliveries for the season!   We are a little earlier than some of our Farmer’s Markets, so we will be meeting at Rose’s Parking lot in Cumberland, on Thursday from 11:00- 1:00, and City Place parking lot in Frostburg, on Friday from 11:00-1:00.   Our Bedford Market is starting on Wednesday from 9:00-1:00, and Wholesome Living Marketplace will be open until 5:00pm for those that need a later pick up time.   Our Tuesday pickup at the farm will be from 10:00 am and all day long, we have a refrigerator in the greenhouse to keep things cool and fresh.

Our CSA distributions will be light this week, as we are just getting started for the season.   This is only temporary, so don’t be discouraged, it’s normal.   As the season progresses, we will be packing much more variety and larger portions to fill your tummies.   I wouldn’t want to waste the early season picks anyway, so here’s the line up for the week-

1.   Wild and wonderful salad- blend of baby lettuces, mustard greens, arugula, pea tendrils, lamb’s quarters and sorrels.

2.   Radishes

3.   Eggs

4.   Feta

5.   Goat’s Milk Soap

6.   Cozy cup of tea herbs- blend of mints, chamomile, and balms

7.   First pick of the draw- We have many veggies ready for first pick (light)-   you will get at least one:)

8.   Lilacs to make you smile till next week.

Really exciting to get moving on the CSA’s thank you everyone for supporting local food in our community!

 

See you soon!

 

 

Organic Certification Application

ARRRGH!!!   How am I to be a farmer and write down everything that’s in my head about it too?   I have been spending my late nights filling out the PA Certified Oraganic application, which is very thorough, indeed.

Save my seed packets for three years…really?   Well, I hope receipts will do, for now, and I need to clear a space for the packets in years to come….Later in question105 I am  asked how long I keep my records, followed by their own answer “minimum five years.”   So should I still answer it?

How do I measure the carbon to nitrogen ratio in my compost?   And is that before it decomposes or after?

Does it really make a difference how I dispose of my garden hoses?  (I usually just keep patching them until they become tree ties!)

My goodness!

I am serious about the certification, serious enough to purchase the application for $75.00 and serious enough to send another $700.00 after I’ve filled it out.   The point is, it is 66 pages, not counting the attachments I am to add which may run into hundreds of pages.   I can see why people aren’t jumping in line to go through with it.

I am confident enough in our farm’s management practices to go through with it.   We have been working hard to do the right things concerning stewardship of the land.   It is a lot harder to manage land without the use of “prohibited materials.”   And we have been working hard to stay within the confines of restricted materials too, manure included.   Since we have been doing the right things, I believe we have earned the title organic.   The process is daunting and expensive, though.   And I’m not sure if I’m willing to spend the additional $660.00 for my five dairy goats and another yet additional $660.00 for our four pigs and 130 chickens, oh and those figures are annual contributions.   That just doesn’t make sense, so again the small family farm can be outnumbered literally.   I’m not even sure I can get certified without spending all of the application fees for each “division” of the farm.   I’m still going to try.   It’s going to be another long night.

Rob Rescues Bees!!!

We received a call last weekend about bees that had colonized in the siding of a clients home.   OH JOY!!!!   Not for the homeowner, of course, but we have been considering getting bees again.   We haven’t had bees since we moved to the farm, and it just seems that the time is right.

Our very first date was at “Bee School.”   We had taken a class on raising honey bees at the Lavale Library in Maryland offered by the Allegheny Mountain Beekeeper’s Association.   I was thrilled to be asked to such an interesting venue.   It sure beats the ole dinner and a movie anyday.   And I learned so much during the class.

Back to the bees.   Our wonderful clients know that Rob can handle this kind of situation with courtesy to life and asked if he would remove the bees.   We just so happened to have a hive body ready to go in the barn, empty and waiting for a colony.   Rob got his gear ready and went this evening to recover the bees.

I love my vet!

Finding a livestock vet can be grueling especially if you have small animals, and only a few.   Right now we have five milking nannies, one buck, 1 yearling doe, 8 kids, four ewes and 6 lambs, four pigs, and about 130 chickens of various ages and breeds.   This list could be why so many vets have said, I can’t help you.   Is it too diverse?   Should we need to have 100 head of cattle to make your trip worth while?   How about if we just raised chickens, or pigs, or goats or sheep?   Maybe I can find an egg laying dog and just make the whole thing much easier!

Dr. Michelle Anderson is a diamond in the ruff, and a Godsend to us.   We have a standing yearly appointment with her to make sure that all of our animals are happy and healthy.   We are also coached by her along the way to make sure that we are doing all of the right things to keep it that way.   Dr. Anderson has taught me so much about livestock health.   She has instructed me on giving tetnus shots, the life cycle of a parasite, nutritional requirements and infection prevention.   She also has shown me how to castrate and dehorn in the safest, mildest way, train my goats how to not kick me while I’m milking them, and handle my sheep so they respond to guidance.

Dr. Anderson is also working with us on our raw milk certification for the goats and sheep.   A vet that does all of this for their clients is PRICELESS!!!!   And even though her value is far beyond what I could ever afford, she still only charges  a very minimal fee for her work.   Infact, she will tell us if there are state programs to cover the costs of testing for milk permits, just to save us a little money.

My animals are very healthy, but I know that if I had any other vet, that wouldn’t be the case.   Dr. Anderson is in every way a teacher of good things for the farmer and the animals.   When looking for a vet, consider this post.   Remember to ask your vet if there are things that you can improve on.   It is horrible to have an emergency with pets and animals.   If you are armed with a good animal first aid kit, and the right knowledge, you may only need an annual well check too!

 

 

A Little Help Here?

This is peanut’s biggest boy.   He was born on Feburary 6, 2012.   He was the last one of three born, and the first one to eat by himself with no help.   We will probably keep him and train him for cart pulling, so his name is really important because he will live with it the rest of his life.   Any ideas?

Call me anything but late for supper!

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