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And Then There Were None

March 12, 2021 I received an email from out Google Form CSA Sign-Up. We just sold our last CSA share for the season. At this point we have sold 10 full season and 6 short season shares. That is all we can handle. Thank you everyone that has shared our social media posts and told your friends and neighbors about our CSA.

Thanks to all of our 2021 Share Holders. We are excited about the season. Last weekend we delivered our seed and the list of plants that Barb Quandt of Barb’s Greenhouse will start for us. Barb has great plants if you need some vegetables or flowers your your garden at home. We are always thrilled with what she grows for us and we can’t walk out of there without buying something extra. Here is a complete list of the plants that we asked her to start last week (Plants Started by Barb). We also planned to ask her to hold a tray of shallots and leeks for us this year like we have done in the past and were shocked to discover that she was unable to get seed. We came home ordered seed from another company and will take it out to her. Hopefully we will have shallots and leeks. If you are interested in everything we plan to grow this year take a look at the list.

This weekend the 13th and 14th we missed the snow. This is really good because it looks like we got about 3 inches of rain. The east end of our new property is under water. The grass and pasture are starting to green up though. Kathy checked on the bees during the nice weather last week and one of our hives was able to make it through the winter.

Well it Happened. GI Acres is has 15.25 more acres.

We closed on the property around us today. It is official. We now own all of the N1/2 of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of 14-11N-10W of the 6th P.M. less and except the ROW for 13th Street.

This year it looks like we will have alfalfa on most of it with some pasture. We are also leasing a couple of acres to gas company to use as the are putting a new gas line in along Engleman Road on the west side of our property. If you know anyone that is looking for somewhere to put bees we would like some additional hive on the property.

We will be planting trees along the east edge. Expanding our fruit forest. Not sure what we will do with the rest.

And the Garden is a Go

We finally got to spend a day in the garden.  Between the weather, holidays and travelling it has been slow this year.  The weather this year has been frightful.  The first potatoes went in on Good Friday and we got snow for Easter.  Then we had snow or ice every weekend until the end of April.  Kathy got two new colonies of bees installed on April 18th.  We were worried that it might be too cold for them.  We left the next day for New Orleans.  Chad was attending and speaking at the American Planning Association conference.

The weather turned gorgeous while we were gone.  The last weekend of April we picked up the first of our plants from Barb’s Greenhouse in St. Libory.  We got 3 kinds of cabbage, (golden acre, kalibos, and murdoc) and 3 kinds of broccoli (romensco, purple santee, and happy rich).  The last two are more sprouting broccoli than heads of broccoli. We also picked up leeks and shallots and a few other random plants.

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We started laying out the garden and put in fence for peas and beans and planted the cabbages and peas on Saturday. Kathy also checked on the bees and discovered that while they were doing fine and the  Sunday we hope to get the broccoli, leeks and shallots planted.  We also have a couple of apricot trees that need to get in the ground.

We do still have 2 full shares available and 4 short season shares if you know anyone that would be interested. Send them to our signup page.

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Chicken Coop

The plan this year is to add bees and chickens to the operation.  I posted pictures of the bee hives earlier and we have bees coming mid April.  It is time to start working on the Chicken Coop.  We bought plans for a 4 x 8 shed from http://www.icreateables.com You can see those plans here.  They were really helpful and sent me a couple of pages from an alternate version of this shed so I could see how to add a second door.  This will all make more sense when you see the pictures of the final product.  Kathy and I went window shopping at my Dad’s house.  Okay we went to his house and dug through his shed for windows we thought we could make work in the coop.  We found 2 windows, one for each of the 8′ sides of the shed.  Will and Lee helped me build the foundation and Will helped me conceptualize the walls I was modifying from the original plans.   Here are pictures of the project in process.  I will keep adding pictures to the gallery and I hope they will update automatically.   Maybe next year we will be able to offer eggs with the CSA![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”4″ gal_title=”Chicken Coop”]

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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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.