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First CSA Season Successfully Completed

The second week of October we ended our CSA season.  For 20 weeks we had baskets of food ready for each of our nine members.  It was our intent to sell 10 memberships and we sold nine.  Attached are pictures of the shares from each week.

We plan to offer 10 shares again during the 2017 season.  We have not yet set the price for the 2017 season but it will be more than we charged for the 2016 season.  2016 members have priority for the 2017 season but if you are interested in participating send us an email or give us a call.

Week 12 August 20, 2016
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You say “CSA,” I say “food hub” | New Food Economy

Recent debates over food system ethos and terminology missed a key step: what do these terms even mean?

Source: You say “CSA,” I say “food hub” | New Food Economy

10 things you won’t do after becoming an urban homesteader – Homegrown & Healthy

Once you’ve been bitten by the urban homesteading bug, there’s no cure. For real. When John and I started our teeny, tiny little garden and first documented it on The Sustainable Couple, we had no idea what we were doing. Fast forward 5 years and we’ve gotten ourselves together. We also have backyard chickens, 6… Read More »

Source: 10 things you won’t do after becoming an urban homesteader – Homegrown & Healthy

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? on Vimeo

A nice video explaining what a CSA is and how it works. We won’t be planting tomatoes with a tractor.

Snowmageddon 16

Groundhog Day of 2016 will be memorable.  They said winter storm Kayla might just lay into us and yes she did.  At noon the official snowfall for the day in Grand Island was 14.9 inches.  Winds blowing with gusts up to 53 miles per hour.  This is our first real snow storm at GI Acres and the drive way does drift.  Also had a 4 foot drift in front of the shed door.  The 48N pushed the snow out of the way of the shed door.  I’m hoping later that I will be able use it to clear the drive.  Started on the drive with the snowblower and it ran out of gas, hence the trip to the shed.  That is where the extra gas is.While I was there I started up the tractor then decided I should see what kind of a job it does on the snow.  Wandered back to the house with the fuel and Kathy had beef barley soup ready for lunch.  I think I will wait for the snow to stop before heading back out. #kayla #snowmageddon16

These pictures are taken one day apart.

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Morning February 2, 2016

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Morning February 3, 2016

Relational Agriculture – LocalHarvest News

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

Source: Relational Agriculture – LocalHarvest News

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

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.