Yippee Rain!!

Hi all,

Remember how positive I was in the newsletter last week with us reaching 88 wonderful CSA members.  Half an hour after sending the newsletter into the ether, Frank came home with a power bill for February that was 6 times as high as normal for that month!! A big sigh followed. It’s all got to do with the drought and the hot and dry summer. Although we are very happy that at least we have had a summer this year (we like it nice and warm), and that we have the legal opportunity to irrigate (consent), it has been very costly to run the irrigator and chiller over summer. So, the story of our lives seems to be two steps forward and one step back!

Being in the business of growing nutritious fruit and vegetables the ecological way, we are very much at the mercy of the weather. Due to the effects of climate change, the risk of extreme weather is going be greater every year and it’s up to all of us to do our bit to create a healthy and safe environment for future generations. I was again reminded of this by an organization called “350 Organisation” who stand strong to unite the world to find solutions against climate change.

On a personal level, it was very good to finally see some rain, and on Monday and Tuesday with quite some vigour too (more than we expected). This will hopefully take the pressure a bit off for now. Nights have suddenly gone cooler too (Autumn is here!) and that will bring more morning dew i.e. more moisture to the plants and soil. 

Knowing that we, as a CSA initiative and ecological farm, and you as a conscious consumer are positively working towards a cleaner, greener future makes us feel pretty proud.  It’s one thing to be economically viable; for us it only makes sense if what we do does its bit for a truly healthy and sustainable future for our children and their children! And we do! Another email (Thanks Ann) just arrived about the Democracy and Sustainability Platform. I straight away watched the little video and signed up for the manifesto (link). In the end it’s all of us together who can (and have to take responsibility to) create change.  We need to get to the critical mass! Why?

Examples galore. Big business often only find solutions that fill gaps but in the mean time dig even deeper holes.  The Eco-N fertiliser (=trade name) that has recently been in the news is one of them. While in the first instance this DCD (Dicyandiamide)  was brought to the world as the solution to reduce nitriate levels on dairy farms, it is now coming to light that the end result is worse than what it was intended for.  Instead of looking into the problem of what is causing the high nitrate levels in the first place (treating the cause), products are brought in to mask the real problem. This seems to be the story of modern mankind! When will we learn?? For more info on the DCD/Eco-N issue see this link.

If you like to check out what we are doing on our farm and /or pick some extra apples for you to take home, we invite you to our upcoming farm day, Sunday the 28th of April. More info to follow.

Deliveries and ANZAC Day 24/25 April 2013

Anzac day, the 25th of April, is on a Thursday this year, so please note that we will harvest and pack a day earlier and deliver the fresh goodies to you or your pick up point on the Wednesday (24th of April) prior to ANZAC day.

Possible new drop off points - central city, Kilbirnie and Porirua

We'd love to hear back from you if you are interested in picking up from:

  • The central city - there are a few possibilities near Courtenay Place that we are considering. One location would require pickup before 5pm, but the other we may be able to have similar pickup times to Innermost Gardens e.g. somewhere between 5.30 and 7.30, but this is still being worked out.
  • Kilbirnie - the Village Green Op Shop29 Coutts Street Kilbirnie - opposite Westpac bank and Rita Angus retirement village. This drop off point requires pickup before 5pm on a Thursday or after 9am on a Friday.
  • We've also had interest from someone in Porirua to setup a pickup point there, so if you know anyone that lives out that way and is keen, spread the word.
For any of these pickup points to go ahead we ideally require about 10 members in each to make it feasible, so please let us know if you are interested in any of these pickup points and if so, what times would suit you.

This week’s CSA Shares:

Fruit share: 1.5 kg Breaburn apples and either 800 oranges or tangelo’s or 1 kg Packham pears.

Small Veggie Share: 400 grams carrots, 1 Frisee endive, 700-750 grams of courgette, 200 grams of beans and 200-250 grams of French Breakfast radishes.

Large Veggie Share: 400 grams carrots, 1 Frisee endive, 700-750 grams of courgette, 200 grams of beans, 1.4 kg of potatoes (potato free shares : 2 kohl rabi instead), 2 cobs of corn, 150 grams of garlic, 1 Sugar Loaf or Red Verona Chicory, a 150 gram bag of salad mix and 200-250 grams of French Breakfast radishes.

Have a great week,

Josje and the farm team