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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 hannah j on March 16, 2009 at 12:21pm
Comment by curt on March 16, 2009 at 12:53pm

@ hannah j o'er there in K, raised beds.....when it comes to salads, I'm almost prone to say we need to have a raised bed for salads or otherwise go without salads. When it rains here, it pours and when it's wet, it stays wet. And then we have this super active snail population that never quits. We covered raised beds here somewhere, methinks, a longer time ago but certainly not under this sub-group. Good point, great topic and a must for any fully functionable garden, me says. This Topsy Turvy thingy has me thinking. I won't be buying one. Duh. But how can I construct the thingys? I have this area that is shady, half exposed to the weather but with any access to the earth. Hmmmm.
Comment by hannah j on March 16, 2009 at 1:23pm
Comment by hannah j on March 16, 2009 at 1:24pm
that is a handmade version- certainly would help to keep cats out of the dirt. i saw the originals working very well at a nursery
Comment by hannah j on March 16, 2009 at 1:26pm
by the way if you use hemp twine to tie up natural material for garden fencing, trellises, etc. it will last for a long time

i took a class to make willow trellises, and mine lasted for years
Comment by hannah j on March 16, 2009 at 1:29pm

Comment by pan on March 16, 2009 at 2:33pm
With limited space I strongly recommend a worm bin for composting. We made one with a plastic bin that will drilled holes into the bottom for aeration, covered the holes with wire mesh, put in some dirt, newspaper (no color print), red worms, and all of the scraps from coffee, egg shells, and vegetable/fruit peelings (the worms don't seem to like onions though). The castings are like black gold. The one problem is that separating the worms from the castings is fairly labor intensive.

In Missouri we had a 1/3 acre lot so we just drilled holes in a plastic garbage can for our compost pile. Unlike the worm bin, the compost pile is broken down by maggots so you need to keep it further from the house unless you are OK with fly invasions.

Either solution is cheap, gets rid of huge amounts of garbage and creates beautiful supplements for your soil.
Comment by pan on March 16, 2009 at 2:35pm
Have a friend in the Puget Sound region of Washington who plants tomatoes in bags of soil that she lays out on her patio. After the last fruit is harvested she then distributes the garden soil throughout her yard.
Comment by pan on March 17, 2009 at 7:51am
Destruction of South Central Community Farm by LAPD

Comment by curt on March 17, 2009 at 12:17pm
Mark & I watched that ugly thing unravel (from afar). People were literally up the trees. It didn't help none as the dozers came in at night and dozed all the hard work over.


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