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Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club Members & CSA members!

This week I am really feeling the desire for balance. One of the most important lessons I have learned from studying ecosystems and human cultures as part of ecosystems has been the importance of periods of balance and continuity. As we all know, any type of routine allows for some ease to life. You know what’s coming, you know what you need to do, you know what the result will be. In a routine, there is safety and comfort, and long periods of routine can create balance where every participant in an ecosystem knows there role and works together with the system to create balance (of course, routine can also cause stagnation and close us off to change which may be for the better).

Right now, however, my life as an urban farmer is going through a period of turbulence. Working as we at The Growing Club do, challenging dominant systems, whether they be economic, political, or cultural, opens our lives to much disturbance from the systems that dominate these spheres. Of late, that pressure has come from the local political system and local economic systems that are attempting to arrest the growth of our little community-centered farm just at the point when we are ready to bloom. What this means for me is that my mind is scattered in many directions, trying to manage our organization and our farm, each of which are attracting significant interest from organizations, foundations, and universities across Los Angeles, as well as trying to fend off the forces which threaten our work.

However, each time I encounter one of these rough patches that drain my energy, I find that we come through stronger, with clearer direction and (somewhat) renewed spirits. All the drama keeps life pretty interesting too. We’ll see what the future holds for the little farm that could.

Until next time,

Farmer Rishi
Founder/Director, The Growing Club

Photos of the Week

Spring

New nursery beds being built

Cleaning the chicken coop.

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

Large Box

Vegetables:
– 1 bunch swiss chard
– 1 Sarvodaya salad mix
– 1 large bok choy
– 1 bunch large daikon radish (eat roots and leaves)
– 1  bunch nopales
– 1 bunch fingerling potatoes from Weiser Family Farms
– 1 bunch root medley (beets, carrots, turnips)
– 1 bunch pea greens

Herbs:
– 1 bunch mint
– 1 bunch parsley

Fruit:
– 2 lbs assorted citrus fruit

Small Box

Vegetables:
– 1 Sarvodaya salad mix
– 1 bunch swiss chard
– 1 bunch mixed mustard greens *not pictured
– 1 bunch bok choy
– 1 bunch root medley (carrots, turnips, beets) *not pictured
– 1 bunch pumpkin *not pictured

Herbs:
– 1 bunch parsley

Fruit:
– 1 lb assorted citrus fruit

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. 🙂