Category: Weekly Farm Update

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

The past week has been quite a whirlwind. We all, of course, were busy and stressed preparing the the Public Hearing on the neighboring development. In the 4 days leading up to the hearing, over 100 people sent emails and letters of support to our farm, including from several members of the LA Food Policy Council and the “Gangster Gardener” Ron Finley. We also worked to organize several key Public Comments to deliver to the City Council, and put a call out to all of our local supporters to come and show their support of the farm.

The hearing was (very, very) very long. The Council pushed our agenda item to the end, because we had 32 speakers lined in support of the farm. Farm supporters traveled from up to 2 hours away to give their (3-minute) comment, and the night unfolded like a Hollywood court room drama (but way more interesting). After the public comment period, the developer was brought up to “rebut” our comments, and then the Council proceeded to deliberate. At first it seemed that things were not going to go our way, but luckily a few council members thought it was a good idea to ask a few more questions and brought the developer and I up to speak. The Mayor asked some very pointed questions and made some significant remarks (including calling our garden a “community treasure”), that seemed to turn the tide of the evening. After it was made clear that we were not opposing any development next door, but opposing this specific development due to the issue of shade, the Council decided that it would be best for the two parties to meet after the hearing. The meeting was set for today (6/21/17) at 5pm.

I just returned from that meeting, and I won’t give any specific updates on that yet. I’ll just say the saga will continue and we may (but hopefully will not) need to call for your support again.

In a final bit of GREAT news, our walk-in cooler is UP AND RUNNING! Woohooo. I’m still contemplating whether to put vegetables in there or just use it as a personal cool-down room for these blazing hot days.

Hope you all are having a great week. A MILLION THANK YOUs to everyone who sent a letter of suppoort, and another MILLION THANKS YOUs to those who came to the hearing.  You are are AMAZZZZZZZING.

Until next time,

The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– costata zucchini
– red mustard
– salad box with peas and sunflower
– broccoli
– tender swiss chard
– sure eggplant
– leek
– carrots
cabbage

Fruit:
– 2 lbs assorted stone fruit

Herbs:
– basil
cilantro

Small Box

Vegetables:
– costata zucchini
– red mustard
– salad box with peas and sunflower
– broccoli
– tender swiss chard
– suraj eggplant
– leek

Fruit:
– 1 lb assorted stone fruit

Herb:
– basil

Storage Instructions

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

 

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

Farmer Rishi is busy setting up the new (to us) walk-in cooler for the farm that he did not have a chance to write a farmer’s note this week.

Until next time,

The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– costata zucchini
– kale
– salad box
– broccoli
– tender swiss chard
beets
– suraj eggplant
cabbage

Fruit:
– 2.5 lbs assorted stone fruit (plum, nectarine, apricot)

Herbs:
– dill
– green onion

Small Box

Vegetables:
– costata zucchini
– kale
– salad box
– broccoli
– tender swiss chard
beets

Fruit:
– 1.5 lbs assorted stone fruit (plum, nectarine, apricot)

Herb:
– dill

Storage Instructions

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

 

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

I’ll start off today with a serious note. For those of you who have been following the on-going saga of our community farm vs. unwanted neighboring development, I have an update for you. This month, on Monday, June 19th at 7pm, there will be a Public Hearing regarding the development at the Pomona City Council Chambers. We are asking everyone to come out and support us at this Public Hearing. We need the City Council to see the impact our farm is having here locally in Pomona, and across LA County.  If you can make it, please register at this Eventbrite link. We will be sending more info on how each of you can help us to those that register there.

On a brighter note, WE GOT A WALK-IN COOLER!!!! Although our farm is functioned fairly well over the last 2 yeas with our converted chest freezer, we definitely outgrew it this year. With our recent bed extensions, new nursery, and better management, the farm is producing wayyyyy more food than it did last year. We’ve been storing our excess produce at Homage Brewing in Pomona for last few months (and we are so thankful to them for letting us!), but the new cooler will definitely make things much easier for us. I’ll be working on getting it all assembled in the next few weeks and hopefully have it running by the end of this month.

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– zucchini
– salad box
– broccoli
– kohlrabi
– 1 bunch amaranth
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 bunch dandelion greens
– 1 box microgreens

Fruit:
– 3 lbs assorted stone fruit (red plum, yellow plum, apricot)

Herbs:
– 1 bunch garlic chives
– 1 bunch green onions

Small Box

Vegetables:
– zucchini
– 1 bunch kale
– salad box
– broccoli
– 1 bunch magenta spreen
– kohlrabi

Fruit:
– 2 lbs assorted stone fruit (red plum, yellow plum, apricot)

Herb:
– 1 bunch garlic chives

Storage Instructions

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

 

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

This past Saturday, Sarvodaya Farms celebrated the graduation of our 6th Farmer Training Program class. This class was our largest (at 12 trainees) and included our first family of participants. The last 18 weeks with this group has truly been special. When we first selected this group, we were concerned whether we had made the right choices from our group of applicants (over 20 people had applied for this training class), but any doubts have long left our minds. Each trainee brought something special to the group, which I hope was obvious to all of you from their insightful and creative journal entries.

At the graduation party, we took the time to praise each and every trainee as a group (as we always do), and share stories of our times together. Each trainee was then presented with a graduation certificate. The graduation parties are always really fun, and this one was no different. What was different was that for the first time, the Sarvodaya Farms staff was presented with a class gift. One of our trainees, Chika, took the time to make a beautifully wood-burned plywood picture depicting a farm scene, and each trainee wrote a message on the back of the piece. Kids from the Poareo family also made cards for each of our Farm Staff, and Sara, the impeccable baker, made a celebratory graduation cake! We were all so happy to receive such warmth and care from the class. I think the training was something special for each of them.

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

Recipe

Millet and Sarvodaya Farm’s Vegetable Salad
1 1/2 cups cooked millet
1 zucchini, diced
3 leek scapes, diced
1 egyptian onion, diced
3 carrots, cut into matchsticks
1 kohlrabi, cut into matchsticks
microgreens
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, pour dressing over chopped carrots and kohlrabi and set aside to marinate.

Sautee zucchini, leek scapes, and egyptian onion until cooked and lightly browned. Add cooked millet, then marinated carrots, kohlrabi, and dressing. Toss together and season with additional salt, pepper, or other spices if you prefer. Finish off with microgreens. Can be enjoyed warm or cold.

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1-2 zucchini
– 1 bunch kale
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1-2 leeks
– 1 box lettuce with snap peas and edible flower petals
– 1 bunch red mustard
– 1 bunch beets
– 1 lb cabbage

Fruit:
– 2 lbs peaches

Herbs:
– 1 bunch cilantro
– 1 bunch parsley

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1-2 zucchini
– 1 bunch kale
– 2 leeks
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 bunch red mustard
– 1 box lettuce with snap peas and edible flower petals

Fruit:
– 1 lb peaches

Herb:
– 1 bunch cilantro

Storage Instructions

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

 

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

As the weather has finally warmed up in the last two weeks, the farm crew has been.busy clearing beds of the remaining spring crops and planting in the main summer garden. In the last two weeks, we’ve transplanted over 200 tomatoes, a variety of peppers, eggplants, squash, cucumbers, and more. We also planted in our two-sisters garden (we can’t fit the third sister in our skinny beds) of corn and pole beans, which is really exciting since our corn planting last year did so well. Since we got a good start on them this year, we may even be able to fit in 2 or 3 crops of corn if we time it all right. This will be our 3rd summer season on this farm, and we are excited to see what will come with all of the additions we have made to our space in the last year (extensive trellising, extended beds, lots of compost. and plenty of seedlings from our very own nursery!).

Our graduated Farmer Trainee Krysta is also helping us to do some long-term plantings for the fall at The Growing Commons, our garden in Claremont. At that garden, we will be planting Growing Home landrace kabocha squash, sunchokes, and sweet potatoes. These crops don’t need much care all season, and we can just harvest everything at the end of the season for distribution throughout the winter.  Krysta has also been taking care of the now 63 trees and 10 grape vines planted at The Growing Commons, which are growing oh so beautifully. It’s only been a bit over year since all those plants were put in the ground, and it looks like we will already be getting a grape and pomegranate harvest this year.

I’m so excited for all this delicious produce and excited to share it all with you. Thanks to everyone who is supporting us in this adventure!

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1 kohlrabi
– 1 bunch red mustard
– 1 zucchini
– 1 bunch kale
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 bunch egyptian onions
– 1 broccoli
– 1 box microgreens
– 1 box lettuce with edible sunflower

Fruit:
– 2 lbs peaches

Herbs:
– 1 bunch flowering cilantro
– 1 bunch leek scapes

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 kohlrabi
– 1 bunch kale
– 1-2 zucchini
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 bunch red mustard
– 1 box lettuce with edible sunflower

Fruit:
– 1 lb peaches

Herb:
– 1 bunch garlic chives

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

Today I sat under the farm’s covered area watching and listening to Katie’s presentation on bees… while shivering. I thought it was weird last week that the weather had been so cold, but I really felt strange today shivering in the middle of May. And I know I’m not the only one affected, because I see our tomatoes, zucchinis, and peppers struggling to stay green without the sun and warmth the need. This strange weather first makes me concerned about this summer season, and how our crops will handle the rapid and sharp temperature changes we keep seeing more of every year. Second, I’m of course concerned about the future of farming as it relates to the stability of weather. Farmers rely on weather patterns being predictable and regular, and as weather becomes less and less predictable and regular, I’m really concerned about our ability to keep growing the tremendous quantities of food required to feed so many billions of people.

On a brighter note, this week new farmer trainees continued their Farm Orientation, which as a new part of the program has been working out quite well. On Monday, I introduced the trainees to the farm’s nursery and how it functions and Katie went over how to prepare beds for planting and how to transplant seedlings. Today, Farmer Pearl gave them a lesson on harvesting, and we’ll continue with more lessons for them on Friday. Next week, the new trainees will start as the new work crew on the farm, assisted by the graduating trainees who still have a few days left to finish the program. This schedule seems to be working great, and I’m happy to see us getting more organized and providing better education for our trainees.

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1 kohlrabi
– 1 bulb fennel
– 1 zucchini
– 1 lb cabbage
– 1 bunch kale
– 1 leek
– 1 box fava beans
– 1 bunch beet greens

Fruit:
– 2 lbs peaches

Herbs:
– 1 bunch cilantro
– 1/2 lb leek scapes
* extra salad box

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 kohlrabi
– 1 fennel
– 1 zucchini
– 1 bunch beets
– 1 bunch kale
– 1 leek

Fruit:
– 1 lb peaches

Herb:
– 1 bunch cilantro

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂


Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

This morning I looked up to the sky and was surprised to see that the clouds had decided to hang out for yet another day. Not that I mind the pleasant cool weather, but we did such a good job planting out our summer vegetables the last few weeks and I feel like they deserve a little more warmth than they are getting. This year has definitely been much, much cooler and wetter than last year, and I’m not sure if I should be concerned by the wacky fluctuations or if I should just enjoy a respite from the heat. I know by this time last year everyone on the farm was already at the dripping-sweat-from-their-eyelids stage.

More important than the current weather is that our new Farmer Training Class started this week! Our wonderful new crew includes Angelita, Darren, Dawn, Will, Kim, Iris, Emy and Reshama, who will have their first blog posts up soon! As many of you know, we made some major changes to the Farmer Training Program with this class, and I’m excited to see how those changes turnout. With this class, we are trialing a two-week orientation to introduce them to the basic operations and methods of the farm, and so far it’s going great.  On Monday, the new trainees got to meet each other, and then I took them on a long tour of the farm, explaining our history, development, focus, goals, and layout. Today, trainees spent some time doing some cleanup around the farm while our previous class did the CSA harvest, and then the new class got their introduction to harvesting class with Farmers Manju and Katie. This Friday, they’ll be continuing their orientation with a class from me that I call “Farm as Ecosystem” and Katie will be going over growing bed preparation and transplanting. I hope they are as excited as I am! So much to learn!

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This Week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 2 small cauliflower
– 1 lb cabbage
– 1 zucchini
– 1 bulb fennel
– 1 bunch kale
– 1 leek
– 1 bunch magenta spreen
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 box microgreens

Fruit:
– 2 lbs peaches

Herbs:
– 1 bunch egyptian onions
– 1 bunch mint

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 lb cabbage
– 1 zucchini
– 1 bunch kale
– 1 bulb fennel
– 1 leek
– 1 box microgreens
– 1 bunch beets

Fruit:
– 1 lb peaches

Herb:
– 1 bunch egyptian onions

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

The last week at the farm for me has been all about trees. Each farm day, after the trainees have finished with their daily tasks (watering the nursery, checking gopher traps, caring for the chickens), I have been taking one crew to learn how to plant trees. To me, planting trees is one of the most exciting things I can do as a human being, only to be topped by teaching others how to plant trees. Thinking about how a tree will change the space it lives in and about all the fruit it will provide, leaves me in awe. Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to plant a number of trees through volunteer days and workshops, from a few dozen trees at The Growing Home to over 60 at The Growing Commons. So far, the trainees and I have planted 16 trees at the farm, and we have another 16 to go. I hope that through this experience, trainees get as excited about trees as I am, and plant many more trees in their future homes and farms.

(Side note: an exceptional human being will plant at least 1000 trees in their lifetime. Get started!)

Besides from the trees, another big change is coming to the farm next week. On Monday, our new class of Farmer Trainees will be starting. The new all-star team includes 8 people, with a broad range of backgrounds. We are excited to get this new class started, and we will be introducing the all to you through their first journal entries next week (you can also come by the farm and meet them!).

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Maya intently waters a seedling.

Photo by: Chika Kondo “Thanks to class I also can infer from their cotyledon that daikon belongs to the Brassicaceae fam…Paying respects to our brassicas as the farm transitions into more night shades yay!!”

Photo credit: Melissa Cordova

Photo credit: Manju Kumar

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Notes for This Week’s Box

See the notes below about celtuce!
Tip: Use the swiss chard stalk the same way you would use celery in soups and stews.

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 head cabbage
– 1 bunch broccoli
– 1 fennel bulb
– 1  bunch lacinato kale
– 1 leek
– 1 bunch magenta spreen
– 1 kohlrabi

Herbs:
– 1 bunch garlic scapes
– 1 bunch cilantro

Fruit:
-2 lbs tangerines

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 head cabbage
– 1 bunch broccoli
– 1 fennel bulb
– 1  bunch lacinato kale
– 1 leek

Herbs:
– 1 bunch cilantro

Fruit:
– 1 lb tangerine

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

 

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

Although we are well passed Spring Equinox, I finally feel like Spring is here. Today we harvested our first zucchinis (they are in the Large Boxes), after they had been languishing in the ground for weeks with our cloudy days and (SoCal) cold nights. During the last week, we also planted our first few beds of tomatoes and eggplant. In previous years, we had these plants started by the Cal Poly Pomona nursery for us, and it was so exciting to see us grow these plants in our brand new nursery. The nursery had really been the missing link in our farm ecosystem, and seeing it flourish under the care of our trainees has been very rewarding.

I also wanted to share today some astounding photos of the leeks we are now harvesting from what we planted wayyyy back in November (yes, it is a long season crop). Most leeks you see at the store are not planted the correct way, so they don’t have the long blanched stem they should have. We planted our the old-fashioned way, and we have extraordinary results to show for it. Our largest leek today was 2.4 pounds and taller then an average child. Here’s a photo of Elinor after harvesting (for small boxes) today.

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Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Image credit: Brooke Ramos

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Notes for This Week’s Box

See the notes below about celtuce!
Tip: Use the swiss chard stalk the same way you would use celery in soups and stews.

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1 salad box
– 1 head cabbage
– 1 bunch broccoli
– 1 fennel bulb
– 1  box turnips
– 1 bunch zuchiini
– 1 bunch lacinato kale
– 1 bunch Asian Greens

Herbs:
– 1 bunch Egyptian onions
– 1 bunch radishes

Fruit:
-2 lbs loquat

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 salad box
– 1 head of cabbage
– 1 box of broccoli
– 1 fennel bulb
– 1 box of turnips
– 1 leek

Herbs:
– 1 bunch Egyptian Onion

Fruit:
– 1 lb loquat

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂

 

Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

First, a quick follow up on the on-going developer saga next door: As I mentioned last week, we are now awaiting the developers appeal of the non-decision made by the Planning Commission last week. The company has 20 days to appeal, otherwise they may choose to start the whole process over again with a different development plan (or possibly do nothing). Meanwhile, we gathered a few people together to present our issue to the City Council, which would decide upon the appeal. We had a few people show up to Monday’s City Council and present our point of view during the open Public Comment period. The City Council is not required to respond during Public Comment, so we essentially just introduced our issue to them in case the appeal does come through. Now, we wait.

On the farm, we had quite an amazing (and hectic) day. This week we started our interview process for our new farmer training applicants. We have had four come by so far, and they have all been terrific, so I’m sure we’ll have a difficult time deciding on who to bring in. We also had one of our most fantastic harvests today; I think we harvested around 400 pounds of fennel, lettuce, Egyptian onion, leeks, beets, and more. It was really quite astounding to see that much produce come off the farm in one day, and a testament to the ecological techniques we follow. 95% of our fertility come from compost, we haven’t sprayed even neem oil for a month or two, and we are doing this all while training people how to grow food. Wow!

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Farmer Trainee’s Journal

This week’s CSA Box

(Please click each item below for a larger photo, description, and preparation instructions.)

Notes for This Week’s Box

See the notes below about celtuce!
Tip: Use the swiss chard stalk the same way you would use celery in soups and stews.

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1 box lettuce
– 1 bunch chioggia beets
– 1 bunch swiss chard
– 1 bunch celtuce
– 1  bunch carrots
– 1 fennel bulb
– 1 bunch broccoli
– 1 bunch lacinato kale

Herbs:
– 1 bunch Egyptian onions
– 1 bunch cilantro

Fruit:
– 1 lb oranges
– 1 lb Pakistani mullberry

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 box lettuce
– 1 bunch chioggia beets
– 1 bunch carrots
– 1 bunch swiss chard
– 1 bunch kale mix
– 1 fennel bulb

Herbs:
– 1 bunch Egyptian Onion

Fruit:
– 1 lb loquat

Leafy Vegetables
In case your greens are wilted by the time you pickup your box, please follow these instructions:

– Fill a small bowl or tub with 1 inch of water
– Cut a 1/2 inch of the bottoms of the stems of your leafy greens
– Place greens, with stems down, into the bowl of water
– Leave the greens in the bowl overnight and by morning they should be rehydrated

Wrap your rehydrated greens in a towel and store the in the fridge. Summer greens like water spinach, moringa, and yam leaves don’t last long either way, so eat those as soon as you can.

Herbs
The best way to store your herbs so that they keep longer is to cut the stems a little and place them in a glass filled with about an inch of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a bag and keep them in the refrigerator. Replace the water inside when it gets cloudy. This works great with basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and many other herbs.

Please feel free to share your recipes with us and also any storing tips you may have. 🙂