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Grow your own fruit, vegetables, grain and anything else you might like to have. Organic, of course.

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Community Supported Agriculture

Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, or any sort of different farm products.

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season. A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 2200.

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Comment by pan on March 16, 2009 at 7:23am
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 8:22am
"It will soon be illegal to grow your own food."

Yes, that's right, which is why this sub-group is titled "grow your own". When we used to hear the phrase "grow your own" we saw these nifty green bushes of grass out in the backyard and maybe a few bundles of it hanging upside down in the shed, drying out. You know, stuff for the huka, ganja, weed, pot, grass, marijuana, toke, spliff, kraut, two finger bags......

but now, under Obama, growing your own veggies is to be made illegal. Why? Because the Govt. wants to protect us from ourselves, our homegrown and ourselves. Well, that's the idea they are selling. The REAL reason home gardening is to be made illegal is simple. They're not happy with us simply being slaves to the system. They want us to be slaves to the supermarket shelves too. That way, they can decide which chemicals we consume. They decide where and when to let scores of us starve when the GM produce they want us to consume doesn't make it to the shelves.

You know, I haven't seen a law yet that wasn't worth breaking at one point or another and when it comes down to this new law, this crosses the line and infringes on my personal areal. This is my land and I'll grow what I think I need to grow. No drugs, no weapons, nothing like that and I'm NOT growing it to sell it. If the Fed thinks they can send all their (soon new too) armies out to kill all home growers off, well then, let them do so. I think this is a battle worth fighting, not with guns, not by force but with seeds.
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 8:32am
P.S. to my previous entry, would you be willing to make a bet? Who would you bet on winning this battle? The Govt. / Fed / Masters or the seeds and the idea of growing your own? I would bet the Former goes down LONG before the former dies off. Another thing, as far as I can tell, this new law is something the USA is introducing. I haven't seen anything similar in the EU or in any other country or part of the world. Have any of you? Thanks in advance for sharing. My partner and I have just come in from our tiny garden where we FINALLY started preparing for the new season. I set up the rain water trough that I have to take down each fall. I harvested what was left of the Rosenkohl, but that wasn't much. We talked about taking a few useless bushes out and replacing them with something we can eat....and we talked about expanding our tiny garden by taking ALL of the lawn out, thus tripling the size of our garden. ALL trees we now have are to go / to be replaced with fruit trees and I'm slowly giving up on the idea of purchasing a plot somewhere else. This way, I can keep watch over my garden without leaving home. Oh, and we decided to make a list of things to grow. No use in growing stuff you won't eat.
Comment by pan on March 16, 2009 at 8:35am
Why? Monsanto and other GMO patent owners want to make all food genetically modified so that they hold a controlling monopoly on all seed (GMO's oftentimes do not produce viable seed so the farmer/eater must purchase new seed every season)
Comment by pan on March 16, 2009 at 8:41am
pulling out all trees?

At first blush it seems like you are pursuing a monoculture/factory farm in miniature. I would suggest doing extensive research on the potential benefits of non-food plants to the food plants before taking the drastic step of removing decades old trees from your micro-environment.
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 9:04am
oops, should read "I would bet the Former goes down LONG before the latter dies off."
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 9:17am
Pan, we have two evergreen trees out front that have grown to high and one sort-of-cherry tree out back. It's not a real cherry tree, just a pretty cherry-like tree that bears no fruit. I have to take the evergreens down before a storm blows them over. The one being way too close to the house and the other too close to the fence and sidewalk. Nothing grows under those trees, not even weeds. We'd love to have a nice birch or oak in the a yard but an apple tree and a pear tree will do the trick too. Good point you make about the benefits of non-food plants. I'll keep that in mind. We cut down a lilac tree that was too close to the house and too big. That was last fall. I love lilac and it really hurt to cut it down but there's a sapling growing only two meters away. We'll leave that one as it is. For this season, what we're doing is we're preparing for the upcoming season(s). I would like to grow more food stuff and do more gardening. Our tiny garden plot is just too small the way it is now and instead of getting rid of the garden - as the trend is these days - I wanna grow the size of the garden. There was a short period last year or maybe two years ago when some shelves actually were empty at Aldi. That kind of set me off on the idea of growing my own. I don't think it's safe to completely rely on Aldi or Safeway or whatever and I don't like the thought of GM food on my plate.

Our lil areal here is only 470 sq. meter by the way. The house sits smack dab in the middle of that. Not much room at all.
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 11:12am
Not much room in my garden the way it is now, I think I'll use the vertical space a bit better this season......

We have a cat and the neighbors have cats and the cats eventually have even more cats, as friends. Late each evening the cat disco opens its doors for all the cats. I don't think the cats would be impressed with this fencing but it sure looks purty....

Wait a sec, if I can string a few lines up above the garden area, say four meters or so high and have a few hops plants climb all over them, there would be some good shade that would be variable.
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 11:33am
Uhum, thems are just ideas, not photos from our/my garden. Can't make photos lately after our son *lost* the digicam. Grrr. Personally speaking, I prefer the natural material used in those photos over anything which would have to be purchased. I should've thought about this a few months ago. Durn!
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 11:44am
same photo big.......hazelnut branches.....


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