The 2015 garden season is just around the corner so I thought I would let you know what is happening here at Kate’s Garden! Seeds are already germinating in the greenhouse, fruit trees have been pruned and all of the beds are ready to plant. I am getting pretty excited and chomping at the bit to put the first seeds and transplants in the ground! I won’t be putting anything out until at least late April early May, depending on the weather, but I can hardly wait!
My farm is located in the Billings Heights and sits on 1 1/3 acres. I have always been an organic gardener, but am not certified organic. I have a passion for growing vital, healthy food. Ever since I was a little girl I loved playing in the dirt! Learning how to use our earth’s bounty to produce all that we need to live well has been a life long mission of mine. I have been an eager student at learning how to grow food, make medicine and nurture my soul.
I am going to get up on my soap box now, so please bear with me! It has become quite evident that our “business as usual” industrialized food system no longer works for us. We are now seeing the negative impact on our health and environment as a result of the high use of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides in industrialized farming. Our bees are dying, the Monarch butterfly is becoming extinct and our soils deplete of nutrients; not to mention the quality of the air we breathe and contaminated water in our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans from toxic run off. We are becoming aware of the fact that eating fresh, nutritious food is one of the best ways to maintain good health.
“Know your farmer” is not just another catch phrase. It is a growing movement to create strong, healthy communities. Our farm lands are being sold to big business because the land is worth allot of money and yet the farmer struggles to make a decent living. There is something wrong with this picture! When you support a local farmer, or any local business for that matter, you build a personal relationship….there is a face to see and a handshake to feel. There is warm conversation and maybe even a new friendship.
I have been asked why I continue to farm, as the work is hard and the money slim. I know I can’t fix our broken mass produced food system, but in some small way I am helping to educate my community, grow and share vital food and have a positive impact on our environment. I have a strong desire for self-sufficiency, and it is simply the joy of the whole gardening process that keeps me happy and grounded…working the soil, patiently watching the growing process, the taste of the first ripe tomato, and the harmony of the seasons.
I am reaching out to you now, as I need your support In order to continue farming and growing my business. This year I have taken a giant leap of faith in lowering my CSA subscription price and offering 1/2 shares. It is my hope that this will encourage you to join this year. It’s really is a benefit to us both. I am able to continue doing what I love in sharing my gifts through farming and education, and you have the opportunity to experience the farm and eat healthty food (recipes included).
To see all of the information on the cost of this year’s CSA, how it works and to register, please visit my website. You can also send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give me a call (245-9128). I would love to hear from you.