2013 CSA Program
CSA Mission: The Garfield Community Farm CSA program exists to provide the best quality local produce to people in Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods. We will also provide community engagement, environmental education, and education on holistic healthy living. Our CSA will be intentionally small, relational and neighborhood focused.
CSA Description: A wide variety of vegetables will be harvested and distributed on a weekly basis from our pickup site in Garfield. Each week will include approximately enough vegetables for a family of four for one week. Also available for CSA members will be various culinary and medicinal herbs found throughout the gardens at Garfield Community Farm, members may harvest these on their own as they are ready throughout the year.
Suggested Donation Per Share: $20 per week at 20 weeks totaling $400.00 for a full season. While a donation in full is encouraged before the season starts, participants may opt to pay $100 before the first pick-up of each month. Reserve your share now with your first month’s payment. Contact email@example.com for details.
Working Share: People may agree to work at least five hours every week for the farm and receive a share of the CSA for no cost. These work shares are also limited. Scheduling your work hours is flexible, but at least one morning a week should be available. Most work share participants do a slightly less intense option of three to five hours per week and pay half the cost of a full share.
Hope Share: Individuals and families in the Garfield Neighborhood may be considered for our Hope Share program. Depending on income, families may purchase their share for three-quarter, half or quarter price. Hope Shares are reserved first for Garfield residents. If you receive FMNP or SFMNP checks through the WIC program we can accept these for payment. We expect to also be able to accept SNAP benefits by the spring of 2013.
Time Frame: Mid or late May through Early October
Responsibilities of CSA Members: Our CSA farm is truly a “community supported” farm. It is hoped that each share-holder will volunteer at the farm in addition to paying for their weekly vegetable and fruit allotment.
Pickup: Pickup of all vegetables will take place on Wednesday evenings at our farm stand at Valley View Presbyterian Church located at 601 N. Aiken Ave., Pittsburgh, PA between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 PM.
First Come, First Serve: While we hope to expand our capacity in future years we will only allow for 15 – 20 CSAmembers in 2013. That means you should sign up with the first month’s payment well before our March 1st deadline.
For the first time we can accept donations for our alternative gift program online! The new website is just now being finished. Here it is http://gifts.garfieldfarm.com
The new site not only allows you to purchase a specific gift for the farm but you can do it in someones name. You will then be able to download a PDF card that you can print and give to your loved one or friend. Please consider a donation, at least check out the website. You can make a $10 donation for seeds or a $100 donation toward our bioshelter. Below is a PDF of the hard copy version. GCF Alt. Gift Brochure 2
Here’s a PDF on solar energy that I prepared for a workshop I’ll lead at the Lamppost Farm fall festival tomorrow. Much of the info on active solar is from Wikipedia, passive solar is from my own experience. Solar Energy Workshop
Starting Tuesday, October 16th John Creasy will be leading a book group at 7:30am. The focus of the group will be food, faith, sustainable systems, permaculture, etc. If you’re interested let us know in the comments section. The first reading will be The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. We’ll meet at Tazza D’oro on Highland Ave. Come out with the book and the first chapter read.
For the first time Garfield Farm is going to offer an eight week autumn CSA beginning in October and lasting eight consecutive weeks. Last spring we were able to begin our summer CSA, which lasts for 20 weeks, three weeks early. Usually it doesn’t end until mid October. This year it’ll end at the end of September giving us a couple weeks to get the new autumn CSA started. We also have a new 60′ caterpillar tunnel to grow fall crops in this year and we can make as many low tunnels as we want. The CSA’s for the fall will be limited to just 10 families so let us know now if you’re interested. The cost will be $200 per family. Our fall crops will include lots of salad greens, root crops like radishes and turnips, and lots of kale and other cooking greens. We’ll also include some things purchased from some other local farms like apples winter squash. If you’re interested email firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer has been another season of growth for us, but with plants and vegetables, but also in many other ways. It’s been so busy that we haven’t updated the blog here in a long time, but we’ll be posting lots of pictures and posts over the next few weeks. The pictures here is of our new Organic Cotton T-shirts! The logo was created by Phil Mollenkof, a friend here in the neighborhood. You can buy them from us for $15.
Come up to Valley View Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Aiken Ave., any Wednesday between 3pm and 7pm and you’ll find us selling our produce to the neighbors of Garfield. We accept FMNP check vouchers and are working to accept EBT cards (food stamps).
Starting May 23rd Garfield Community Farm will be joined by Knotweed Farm of Stanton Heights at Valley View Presbyterian Church for a weekly farmer’s market. This will happen EVERY WEDNESDAY through October from 3pm to 7pm.
At the May markets we’ll have tomato and herb plants for sale, salad mix, chard, kale, braising mixes, herbs, and more. Come out and get some fresh veggies from your most local urban farms!
I never expected this fall and winter to bring so many opportunities to Garfield Farm. Our board chair and I were talking yesterday about our intent to keep things small and manageable. We’re not looking to make a big, city wide non-profit or anything. We just want to grow vegetables in and for the neighborhood of Garfield. But, this year we’ll be doing some things that I didn’t really see coming, good things!
First, we’re starting a 10 session field trip program with a variety of local schools. This is run by one of our board members who is volunteering her time. Should be awesome, and next year we plan to expand it and make it a permanent part of our ministry.
Second, we are taking some growing responsibility at The Pittsburgh Project urban farm on the north side. Why? Because our bioshelter isn’t built yet and they have a 60 x 30 foot high tunnel open for our use. We’ll grow all of our seedlings there and lots of micro and demi greens for Salt of the Earth.
Salt of the Earth… with our expanding Garfield gardens and our use of the high tunnel and fields in the North Side we’ll be able to make Cornelius full time and probably hire another part time high school student. That in addition to our interns for the summer. We’ll be focusing a lot more on sustaining the ministry by selling high quality vegetables to Salt and other restaurants. Excited about this.
We’re building a smaller, low cost Polytunnel in Garfield over about a 60 foot section of wooden raised beds. All of our tomatoes will be grown in there. Very excited about this. We start building this week!
We’ve begun work on a “hugelkultur” garden. Basically we’re burying old tree branches, coffee grounds, compost and tree trunks in the ground, covering it all with soil, and we’ll be growing in it. The new garden will have a diversity of plants, both perennial and annual. Also planning lots of flowers and wildlife habitat for that space. Should be beautiful.
Oh yeah, we’re also hiring! If you know someone who is interested in summer work and learning have them contact email@example.com for more information.