Archive for January, 2016

Relational Agriculture – LocalHarvest News

So what is the difference between a food basket service and a CSA?

Source: Relational Agriculture – LocalHarvest News

What do you want in your CSA share?

CSA SIGN UP

When you sign up for our CSA at the link above you will be asked “What is the one item that you need to have in your CSA basket this season?”  We are still planning what we will plant.  You can help us choose our garden items.  I will tell you though, that we will not be growing bananas.  We had to make that clear so no one is disappointed.  When you tell us what you would like in your basket, try to stick to crops that can be produced in one season in central Nebraska.  Thanks for checking in with us and let us know what we can grow for you.

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We are aiming to provide you with 20 weeks of produce from early June to late September (maybe even some early or late bonus weeks) for $200 but we will only sell 10 shares.  Make sure you order your share soon or you will miss out.

 

 

 

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Project for Today January 16, 2016

Kathy wants to have bees in a top bar hive.  Today I built our first top bar hive.  Like all projects I will do a few things differently with the next one.  I may also have to either make the lid a little bit bigger, it goes on pretty tight and that is not a big deal now but when there are 40 or 50k bees in this box that may change how much we want to push things around and pound on the sides to get things to fall into place.  All we need to do is finish the top bars by adding the spline to them and then add some legs to the whole thing.  I also need to find some number 8 hardware cloth to put in the bottom of the hive.  Oh and we need to order some bees.  Hives without bees don’t do much.

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Seeds have been found!

We Found our missing box of seeds.  Now the planning can begin

We found our missing box of seeds. Now the planning can begin

Thanks for the help Dad!

I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat (but farm it right) | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

George Monbiot: The ethical case against eating animal produce once seemed clear. But a new book is an abattoir for dodgy arguments

Source: I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat (but farm it right) | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Free Seeds from the Government

How to get free seeds from the USDA for rare heirloom vegetables and fruits that no one else will have in their garden.

Source: Free Seeds from the Government

We are now listed on localharvest.org

GI Acres is listed on Local Harvest!

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http://www.localharvest.org/gi-acres-M67564

CSA Sign Up is Live for 2016 at GI Acres

A box of tomatoes like this could be at your house this summer if you join now.  We only have 10 spots so don’t delay.  You can join the GI Acres CSA by clicking here.  We expect you will receive at least an average of $10 of veggies every week for a 20 weeks.

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2016 Member Agreement

Here is the latest version of our GI Acres CSA Member Agreement this agreement is current as of 1-1-16.

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.