Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pictures of our CSA in action

One view of the Great Pasture.
A young member of the white park cattle breed.
Another view of the Great Pasture.
Some nice tree silhouettes.
Cows out to pasture.
On their way to pasture.
A stone lion guarding the paddock area, where we have our lunch on nice days.
Some cows and an old, unusual silo.
Our illustrious greenhouse.
Red lettuce seedlings.
An array of different lettuce seedlings.
The interior of the greenhouse.
The barn.
This is one of the tractors I drive.  It has the seeding attachments on it.
Little kohlrabis, one of our prettier seedlings.
A just planted strawberry plant, which will produce a crop for us next June.
The strawberry bed planted last spring, which will start producing fruit in a month or so.
One of our spinach survivors from last year's crop.
A few beds of beets that I cultivated.  You can see the narrow rows of beets in-between the wider weeded areas.
A picture I took of one of the farm's little brooks that I think looks a lot like a Monet painting.
These are onion seedlings planted in a kind of biodegradable mulch made out of corn starch.
The same.
A view of one of our fields, with a small crew of volunteers planting onions.


dldeprez said...

Hey Brian! I went to a local Earth Day celebration yesterday, and got officially introduced to Community Supported Agriculture! There are a number around Madison, and Scotch Farm is up there, but is closer to Chicago, so all its business is down where I live. There's a Tour the Farm day May 9, which I am drawn to participate in. And so, yea! "What is CSA? A way to protect children's health, diet and nutrition; a relationship with a family farm; a place to visit, support, and protect; a way to know our food dollars don't leave the local regional economy; a way to work vitamins into a more diverse diet; a way to ensure less chemical nitrate poisons; a way to rediscover the lost art of cooking fresh foods; a democratic right to local control of how food is grown; a means of shortening the distance that food travels, and etc."

Contrast this with what Pollen says about the unbounded river of commodity corn, like liquid pumped by machine along a great golden river that ends up in everything from meat in cows fed corn to coffee whitener, cakes, Cheez Whiz, canned fruit, condiments, corn syrup, xanthum gums, and 45,000 other food items that make our bodies one fourth corn. We're corn chips with legs! "...Get back to the land to set my soul free..." -Joni Mitchell

Nikki said...

Love the photos - can't wait to come up and see for myself and bring my camera. Harper and I picked garlic last year at our CSA farm and that was pretty fun (and good for a toddler). Farms are very picturesque, and also a lot of work (as you have documented for us all).

Brian Kenney said...

Thanks, dldeprez, for your continuing comments and thoughts. It's good to see that you have some CSA options there. It's a really promising way to keep smaller, local farms viable, and of course a great way to get communities involved and knowledgeable about food and agriculture. Thanks again. -Brian