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Sunday, February 1, 2009

MISCOWP Presents Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture
Families and Farms Working Together to Support
Healthy Food, Land, and Communities

Why join Vedic Village CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between community members and growers. To join a CSA, members pay an annual fee upon enrollment for a weekly allotment of fresh produce throughout the growing season. It’s like a subscription to fresh food! Each week, CSA members come to the farm or a designated pick-up spot for a share of fresh produce. By joining, you help to support a small local farm, and provide your family with fresh, organic, bio-dynamically grown produce. We are committed to providing you with a wide variety of tasty, healthy, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and to making the farm an educational, fun and inspiring place to visit!
A “share” is designed to provide a family of four with enough produce for one week, over a 21-week period, from early June through late October. A half share contains about 40% less produce. CSA members also receive a 10% discount off all additional purchases at our farm store, including flowers, seeds, garden tools, pottery, baked goods, Vedic milk products, and any other items that we carry. Shares can be picked up at the farm, or at a designated location, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, from 3:00–6:00 pm.

What can I expect to get in my CSA share?
You will receive a wide variety of vegetables and fruits throughout the season. We aim to fill each weekly box with 8–12 different items including salad greens, cooking and juicing greens, root vegetables, other vegetables, herbs, and occasionally, fruits. Typically, each share (or box), will weigh 10–15 lbs. Members have the opportunity to “pick-your-own” produce, like berries, herbs, flowers, or pumpkins, right from our gardens. Shares typically include the seasonal vegetables outlined in the chart, and more.

Lettuce (available from June-Oct)
Melons (Aug-Sept)
Okra (July-Sept)
Onions (July-Sept)
Peas (June-July)
Peppers (July-Sept)
Potatoes (Aug-Sept)
Tomatoes (July-Sept)
Turnips (Sept-Oct)
Summer Squash (July-Sept)
Winter Squash (Sept-Oct)

Beans (July-Oct)
Beets (June-Aug, Oct)
Broccoli (July-Oct)
Cabbage (July-Aug, Oct)
Carrots (July-Oct)
Cauliflower (Aug-Sept)
Corn (Aug-Sept)
Cucumbers (July-Sept)
Eggplant (Aug-Sept)
Greens (June-Oct)
Herbs (June-Oct)

*Note: Within each category of produce, there are often many varieties. For instance, “greens” may include kale, spinach, Swiss chard, collards, beet leaves, dandelion, etc; “beans” may include string, pole, yellow wax, bush, etc; potatoes may include Russet, sweet, redskin, purple, fingerling, etc; and we plan to grow at least seven kinds of tomatoes and peppers, four kinds of corn and ten kinds of herbs. Because you may find some of the produce you receive from us new and different, we plan to offer you recipes and nutritional information with each share.
Starting with our first season, we also plan to establish fruit and nut tree orchards, blueberry bushes, grapes, asparagus, strawberries, and honeybee hives.

Our volunteer policy:
WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS and look forward to meeting you! Individuals or groups are welcome to come out to the farm as volunteers to learn (or teach) hands-on about organic farming and help out on the community farm. All are welcome to volunteer, including supervised children and students fulfilling community service hours. Volunteers can assist with a variety of farm tasks such as caring for the oxen, cows, goats and other farm animals, and planting, harvesting and weeding. There are also projects for those with food preparation, construction and retail skills.
You’re welcome to visit the farm any day you would like, from 9am to 6pm. If you’re interested in volunteering, please call first to let us know when to expect you. Every day at noon, we offer a free vegetarian lunch. If possible, coordinate your farm visit so we can share a meal together.

Why would you want to join a CSA?
End of year evaluations from CSA member surveys have three overwhelming themes:
Quality of food is superior to store-bought.
Joining with the farmer in the growing process improved their lives.
Families (even children) ate more vegetables when they became involved with the farm experience.

For your convenience: Share pick-ups at the farm, or one of our Metro-Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing and Chelsea designated pick-up locations. Offered three days each week—Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday between 3:00-6:00 pm—starting June 9!
Expected Harvests of Vedic Village Produce*
If you would like to donate your time, join our team, or have any questions, please either call or email me at (313) 823-3815 / According to your inquiry, you may be put in touch with either one of our two vice presidents, Antariksa dasa and Navadvipa dasa. If you would like to contribute towards any of our projects, please make your check out to MISCOWP and send it c/o Adiraja dasa, 313 Newport, Detroit, Michigan 48215. You will receive a receipt within two or three days. We also accept payment by credit card. In closing, we would like to thank you again for your interest in the success of Vedic Village and we look forward to your participation. Hare Krishna!

With warm regards,

Adiraja dasa
President MISCOWP

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