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Farmers’ Note

Hello Growing Club & CSA members!

Thanks to all you who came out to the Public Hearing last night and supported our farm in our struggle to protect our work and our mission! After an exhausting night, I think the conclusion was close to the best we could have asked for, and all us of feel so blessed and honored to be part of such a supportive community willing to stand up for the Earth.

For those of you who were unable to attend or had to leave the meeting early, I will give a small recap:

The property neighboring us to the South is being proposed for development into 14 two story townhome units that would cast significant shadows over our farm. Last night was the second Public Hearing in regards to the proposed development, and our community came out in full force! We had nearly 30 people submit public comments, numerous letters submitted prior to the hearing, and many more in the audience.

The evening started with the developer defending her plans and trying to show that the development would not affect our or our neighbors gardens. She submitted a “shade analysis video” showing that the development would hardly cast any shadow onto the garden.

One of the Planning Commissioners, Kyle Brown, pointed out several incongruities with the developers shading analysis and said he had hoped that “understanding the movement of the sun” would have been a much simpler matter. He openly discounted her shade analysis.

During the Public Comment period, numerous garden supporters spoke up, describing their affection for the garden and the positive changes it and it’s community has brought to their lives. At this time, we also presented our shade analysis, showing that the development would cast a shadow onto our garden.

The developer responded to Public Comment quite irrationally, making a number of deceitful statements, intending to defame both the garden and me personally. She proceeded to ask what kind of organic garden could grow 8 pound cabbage and 3 pound fennel if it was not “using GMO seeds and chemicals.” Highly comical.

At the end of the night (around 11am), Planning Commissioners took a vote to approve the project. The vote was counted as 3 yes, 2 no, and 1 abstain, and the vote failed since no majority decision was reached (4 yes/no votes were needed).

The result is that the developer must now appeal to the City Council to approve the project, which means our community will have to show up at least one more time to put a final stop to this project as it has been proposed.

We will keep you all updated as we get more information regarding the next City Hall Meeting. Please be patient with us if we are slow to respond to your inquiries, we are trying to do all this and run a world class farm and farmer training program (applications due today!).

Thank you all again for your continued support! We couldn’t do this work without you.

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 bunch red lettuce* not pictured
– 1 bunch green lettuce
– 1 cabbage head
– 1 bunch celtuce
– 1  bunch broccoli florets
– 1 pumpkin
– 1 bunch swiss chard
– 1 fennel bulb

Herbs:
– 1 bunch garlic chives
– 1 bunch cilantro

Fruit:
– 1 lbs citrus fruit
– 1 lb loquat fruit

Small Box

Vegetables:

– 1 bunch celtuce
– 1 bunch assorted lettuce
– 1 bunch rainbow carrots
– 1 head cabbage
– 1 box spinach
– 1 bunch swiss chard

Herbs:
– 1 bunch garlic chives *not pictured

Fruit:
– 1 lb assorted citrus fruit (oranges and lemons)

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. 🙂