Who Is Kate’s Garden?
I’m Kate Rossetto. I was born and raised in Billings, and after years of traveling, farming, and working as a professional chef, I returned to my hometown to invest in southeast Montana’s local food community. I have been gardening ever since. My produce is harvested for our CSA, local restaurants and grocery stores, and for my other business “Scents of Balance,” selling homegrown aromatherapy beauty and wellness products.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” It is a food distribution model where the consumer (you!) receives a portion of the farmer’s (me!) fresh produce each week during the summer harvest. This weekly allotment of produce is called a share. A CSA program benefits both the community and the local farmer by eliminating “factory produced” agriculture. The community has affordable access to fresh, local, and healthy food, while the farmer receives a stable income and a set of partners who share in the risk and rewards of farming.
Your share typically includes a variety of organically grown vegetables including beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Swiss chard, eggplant, cauliflower, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, spinach, squash (summer & winter), tomatoes, and more. In addition, your share will often include fresh herbs.
Where can you pick up your CSA?
“Kate’s Garden” is situated on 1 1/3 acres in Billings Heights. My focus has always been on growing sustainably without chemicals or pesticides. I work to build healthy soil through natural means of mulches, cover crops, crop rotation, and good old composted manure. I attract beneficial insects to my garden to control pests and pollinate my crops by companion planting herbs, flowers, and veggies. Not only does this prevent disease and crop failure but it makes the garden look even more beautiful!
Why should I invest in fresh, local produce?
Every day our society is discovering more ways to live locally and sustainably. In a time period of unprecedented globalization and complex agricultural structures, consumers want to know two things: where their food came from, and how was it raised or grown. One of the best ways of building better relationships with our community and with our food is by joining a local CSA.
When will I receive my CSA?
The 2017 season for “Kate’s Garden” will run from June 22nd to October 5th for a total of 16 weeks. Members come to the garden every Thursday between 4pm – 6pm to pick up their weekly share. If you are investing in a half-share, it can be picked up on the same day and time every other week. To minimize waste, we ask our members to bring shopping bags or coolers to cart home their veggies.
How can I join Kate’s Garden?
If you would like to be a part of the CSA at Kate’s Garden, or if you have questions please contact me at 245-9182 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The subscription shares fill up fast, so get your name on the list as soon as possible.
Cost of a Summer Share:
Full Share: $720 ($45 per week for 16 weeks)
Half Share: $400 ($50 every other week for 8 weeks)
$250 Due on Registration