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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

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.

New Page Added on our CSA

Click on the CSA Page to get details on how you can be a member of our CSA.

10 Fascinating Facts About Fireflies – Farmers’ Almanac

Ever wonder why fireflies glow? Find out more about these illuminating insects.

Source: 10 Fascinating Facts About Fireflies – Farmers’ Almanac

GI Acres is filed with the Register of Deeds!

GI Acres subdivision file with the Hall County Register of Deeds

GI Acres subdivision file with the Hall County Register of Deeds

Look what we saw tonight. Spring is here.

I was showing the house and the property to some friends and one of them noticed a robin sitting on the top of a fence post.  It looked like it might be nest.  When it flew away we looked a little closer and found this.

Council may ask neighbors to weigh in on bees – The Grand Island Independent: Local News

Will bees be allowed in the city of Grand Island.  Grand Island Acres would really like to have them? Council may ask neighbors to weigh in on bees – The Grand Island Independent: Local News.

APA-FIG | American Planning Association’s Food Systems Planning Interest Group

A great resource for food and planning related issues.  APA-FIG | American Planning Association’s Food Systems Planning Interest Group.

Trust but Verify… | Feed Yard Foodie

Trust but Verify… | Feed Yard Foodie.

 

Another one from the Feed Yard Foodie that I had to repost.  I love her question at the end.

My Comment Letter To Secretary Burwell and Secretary Vilsack Regarding the 2015 Dietary Guideline Committee Recommendations… | Feed Yard Foodie

What are the impacts of Dietary guidelines?

 

My Comment Letter To Secretary Burwell and Secretary Vilsack Regarding the 2015 Dietary Guideline Committee Recommendations… | Feed Yard Foodie.

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

I am not sure that right to farm laws should necessarily apply in urban and suburban settings, typically these uses are “grandfathered” as non-conforming uses and allowed to continue as long as they are not discontinued for a specific time period (In Nebraska that is at least 12 months).  What I find truly offensive about this is that the Farm Bureau supported the findings.  To me that would indicate that they have no real use for the small farmer, hobby farmer, or anyone that is not involved in full blown production agriculture.  Maybe they should change their name to the Factory Farm Bureau.  They seem to have this same attitude in Nebraska.

 

 

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers.

Urban Gardens Matter | Garden Walk Garden Talk

Urban Gardens Matter | Garden Walk Garden Talk. This is an interesting site.

Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Tilling | Off The Grid News

Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Tilling | Off The Grid News.  Have to keep this in mind.

Food and Maslow

Food and Maslow.  Posted on our Facebook Page.  Chad wrote this in 2014

This is Urban Ag!

Paperwork signed, earnest money down, utilities switched and we have keys

March 20, 2015 the first day of spring we planted our urban farm. It isn’t ours yet but we do have possession of it and as they say possession is 9/10ths.

Chad’s parents walked through the house and looked over the property that same afternoon. Kurt (Chad’s brother) and his son Harrison were in town too so they got the tour.

House KeyNow the work of cleaning and prepping to move in begins. We will be moving loads of stuff every time we go over and packing in between.

Exciting times.

The bank says yes, now we just need to get the approvals for the rezoning, subdivision and annexation.

If you are looking for a nice 3 bedroom 3 bath house in north central Grand Island we will have one for sale.

Property Pins are in Place.

This could be happening.  The Registered Land Surveyor has been out on the property and and has placed the pins.

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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.