Your CSA Shares This Week, 17th of January 2013

In your bags this week:

Small vegetable bag:

1.4kg Agria potatoes (Bas), 2 pak choy, 200g choho (oriental spinach), 65g basil, 2 kohlrabi

Large vegetable bag:

1.4kg Agria potatoes (Bas), 2 pak choy, 200g choho (oriental spinach), 65g basil, 2 kohlrabi, 1 cabbage or broccoli, 500g tomato, 500g courgette, daikon radish, 200g butter beans

Fruit bag:

1.5kg plums, 600g nectarines

Growing the CSA / Discounts for next season:

We think the best way to grow the CSA is through word-of-mouth recommendations. We'd like to provide a little bonus for you, if you are able to help us promote the CSA to your friends, family, colleagues, etc. If you are able to find two new members to join the CSA for the upcoming autumn season (starting 14th of February) we will give you a 10% discount for your autumn subscription. The sign-up form has a field at the end where the person signing up can indicate that they heard about the CSA through you.

Let us know what you need from us in the way of promotional materials. We can supply fliers and posters as needed.

It is vitally important for the future of the CSA that we can grow our numbers from where they've been for the past 6 months or so (around 60 members) to 100 members. This way we can afford the labour we currently really need, but don't have the funds to pay for.

It was heartening to see the recent article in the Capital Times (thanks Vanessa for making the initial contact with them!) and exciting to receive half a dozen new members through this. If you haven't already seen it, here it is.

We'd love to see this momentum continue, so if you have any further ideas for growing the CSA we'd love to hear them!

The 2013 Kiwi Diary:

We feature in the 2013 Kiwi Diary! Thank you to Freda Wells for including a lovely little piece about the CSA farm in this year's Kiwi Diary.

"Produced since 2005, The Kiwi Diary is a carefully curated publication which is all about celebrating and showcasing creativity, with a theme of good values, wisdom, and what truly matters - a healthy society and a healthy environment. Kiwi Diary uses art and inspiration as a vehicle to get us thinking about good values. Every day is designed to inspire. Described by some as a zeitgeist, by others as an almanac of Kiwi culture, this book will keep you well stocked with fresh ideas, while providing ample space to write down a few ideas of your own, throughout 2013."

We have a discounted rate for the Kiwi Diary purchased via our website shop. At only $22 this is a great way to support a locally produced diary. I love the diary! There is more information about the diary on our shop - check it out! We can either post your diary out to you, or send it along with your weekly produce order.

Till next week,
Matt (and the rest of the team at Wairarapa Eco Farms)