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Member renewal information

 

Thank you to all of our 2014 CSA members!  You make our farm possible.  We love being your farmers and hope you will consider renewing your membership with us for the 2015 season.  If you would like to renew your membership at this time please fill out the

2015 ONLINE ORDER FORM

then mail a deposit of $50 to secure your share.  For pricing information, etc. please click on the order form link above.  Once you have filled out the order form, please remember to click the “submit” button.  If you would prefer us to mail or email you an order form please call or email.

As usual, we will still be sending out renewal information in February of 2015.

We are ONLY taking orders from current Northern Harvest Farm CSA members.  We will open up membership to the general public in March of 2015.  If you would like to get on our waiting list for next season, or if you have any questions about the farm or what it means to be a CSA member, please call or email.

Rick and Karola Dalen

218-384-9779

northernharvestfarm@gmail.com

Sign up by November 30th, 2014 and get $15 off a full share, or $5 off an “every other week” share!

Member potluck 2014

We had a great time on Saturday at the annual member pot luck.  First we shared a lovely meal together, then we went for a tour around the farm.  We picked a little kale, dug up some potatoes and carrots, and talked about some of the farming practices we use.  For me the highlight was seeing the kids’ faces when they were pulling potatoes out of the ground!  Thanks to all the folks who made it out, we really enjoyed spending time with you and showing you around the farm.

What to help your local farmer?

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If anyone would like to volunteer on the farm, this would be a really great time for it.  We are planning to set aside some time on Thursday mornings to work on the deer fence.  If you are interested in helping out any of the following Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m., please give us a call or email (218-384-9779 or northernharvestfarm@yahoo.com):

Sept 11, 18, 25

Oct 2, 9, 16

Potatoes: lookin’ good

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Potato field: lookin’ good

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First delivery day in progress!

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Member handbook 2014

Here is a link to our 2014 Member Handbook.

NHF member handbook 2014

This has all the information you will need to make your CSA experience go smoothly.  Not a member yet?  We still have a few shares available.  Contact us asap, or fill out the online order form.  We will post something as soon as we are totally sold out.

 

 

Weekly Vegetable Shares Still Available

We still have summer vegetable shares available for the 2014 growing season.

What’s a summer vegetable share?  Click here to find out.

Sign up online today!

2014 Online Order form

or

2014 Order Form (print and send in)

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Spring update

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Krystal, Adam, and John among the newly planted brassicas.

We’ll… we sure could use some sunshine.  Everything is wet and cold.  It has also been really windy on the farm the past few days, making working outside somewhat… well, miserable.  Despite the weather, we were able to sneak in our first planting of brassicas (brocolli, cauliflower, and cabbage) on Tuesday morning.   We also got in a small planting of carrots and beets.  It was a bit of a gamble and definitely pushing it in terms of the soil being both too wet and too cold.  There was something that resembled a very small window of opportunity and we went for it, mainly because the weather forecast was calling for more rain and we weren’t sure (and still are not) when another opportunity would come.  If nothing else, it felt really good to get some plants and seeds in the ground.  Here’s hoping for warmer, sunnier weather!  Oh yeah, and there are still CSA shares available.

Sign up online today

 

 

Resiliency in the face of challenging weather

Operating on faith that spring will indeed come eventually, we continue to plug away in the greenhouses and potting shed.  The weather is discouraging to say the least, but not much we can do about it.  Instead I have been thinking of ways to build resiliency into our farming systems.  No matter how you feel about the nuances of the climate change debate, there is no denying that our weather patterns are shifting.  The pattern over the past couple years seems to be late, cold, wet springs followed by a dramatic shift to drought conditions come mid-summer.  What are we to do in the face of increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather patterns?  There are several things that we as farmers, and you as consumers can do.

As farmers we need to have systems in place to deal with weather extremes.  For example, irrigation to help us get through drought conditions.  We also need to have properly laid out fields and waterways to help distribute water evenly, to prevent extended periods of saturated soil and to guard against soil erosion.  In our region, greenhouses are extremely important both for extending the growing season and for starting and holding plants until conditions allow for planting.  Growing a diversity of crops and planting them at multiple times helps us ensure that even if we experience some losses, we are sure to have successes elsewhere.  Having a constant eye towards creating and preserving biological diversity helps us create resilience on many levels.  One example of this is creating pollinator habitat.  Almost everyone is now aware that bees, both honey bees and the vast number of native species, are in trouble.  Creating pollinator habitat on farms is an elegant solution to a potentially devastating problem.  And last but certainly not least, building healthy soil is essential to creating a farming system that is resilient in the face of difficult weather.  Healthy soil resists erosion, it drains better when flooded and it holds moisture better in drought.  From a wider perspective, organic and sustainable farming practices have the potential to help sequester carbon and other greenhouse gases and therefore lessen the human impact on climate change.  As organic farmers, we are always working to build the organic matter in our soil.  This means building up the carbon levels, which not only creates healthy soil, but also sequesters carbon.  Agriculture is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.  It is also the largest land use on the planet.  It therefore holds tremendous potential for positive change on many levels.

In order to create a more locally and regionally based food system, one that is based on sound farming practices, we need to support local farmers.  In supporting your local farmers, you are helping to create a more resilient community.  In becoming a member of a CSA you are standing in solidarity with your farmer.  You are making it possible for us to farm, without being subject to the whims of the commodities markets.  To all of you who are CSA members, thank you.  To all of you who are not.  There’s still time!

Sign up online today!