30 Sep

Ten Benefits to Buying Local

In these hard financial times, supporting local businesses is so important! Here is what our local Sustainable Business Council has to say about the benefits of buying local:

  1. Independent local businesses in communities with buy-local campaigns have higher sales growth than those in areas without a campaign.
  2. Independent local businesses return more money to the local economy than non-local businesses.
  3. Buying from and contracting with locally-owned businesses supports local jobs.
  4. Small firms (that are generally locally-owned) give more to charity on a per-employee basis than larger ones.
  5. Local residents have a greater influence on actions taken by locally-owned independent businesses than on non-local firms, which encourages the businesses to engage in more sustainable practices.
  6. There is a positive correlation between the number of small- to medium-sized local businesses and community wealth.
  7. Communities with a higher concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations.
  8. Fuel consumed to get locally-produced products to market is often lower, reducing greenhouse gas emission and dependence on foreign oil.
  9. Locally-owned businesses often pay more in local taxes per dollar of revenue and thus provide more local government services to the community per dollar of revenue.
  10. Buying local builds community and supports your friends and neighbors.

Ten Benefits to Buying Local

06 Mar

2015 CSA registration is now open.

Know your farmer

Sometime in the past, you have either been a subscriber to my CSA, or have expressed an interest in learning about the farm. The 2015 season is just around the corner so I thought I would contact you again to let you know what is happening! 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 abundance 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.

It has become quite evident that our “business as usual” industrialized food system no longer works for us. We are now seeing the impact 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 and lakes 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“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, 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 really is a benefit to us both. I get 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 good food (recipes included).

To see all of the information on the cost, how it works and to register, please visit my website. You can also send me an email (katescents@bresnan.net) or give me a call (245-9128). I would love to hear from you.

 

16 Feb

Our 2015 garden season is fast approaching

Our 2015 garden season is fast approaching and I am excited to tell you about a new price structure and other good stuff pertaining to Kate’s Garden & CSA.

 Kate’s organic produce and vegetables in Billings MT I am taking a huge leap of faith in lowering the subscription rate this year and am offering half shares too!  I hope in doing so that I encourage more subscribers to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase “home-grown” produce for their families.   As a valued returning participant in the gardens, your support allows me to continue following my passion of developing a strong local food system which in turn builds a strong community.

The challenges of farming continue to affect small producers all over the country.  Small farm America is dying.  Too much work, not enough pay and frustration over having to compete with Big AG is causing this!   We are often asked why we continue to farm when we don’t bring in an honest profit and the work is physically hard!  I can only speak for myself, but here are my top 4 reasons.

  1. It is my desire to be a good steward of the land.  Nothing seems more beneficial than to raise wholesome, nutritious food that can be shared with friends and family.
  2. I happen to believe that fresh, locally-grown, organic fruits and vegetables are indispensable for optimal nutrition and health.
  3. I have a strong desire for self-sufficiency for myself and for the community.
  4. 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 know that I cannot feed the world, but it is so rewarding to me to know that I am in some small way helping to keep myself and my community sustainable, healthy and strong.

 Kate’s organic produce and vegetables in Billings MTOnly with your support can I  continue in this endeavor.  Please let your friends and family know that there is an opportunity to join the CSA this year, as I am depending on having more mouths to feed!  I believe the price is more than fair and the Thursday pick up usually works for most, as it is before the weekend and at the end of the day.

All of the information on this year’s CSA is posted on my website along with a downloadable registration form which you will need to print out and mail back with your deposit.  If you haven’t already done so, be sure and sign up to receive my newsletters and blog posts, otherwise you will not know what is happening here in the gardens, and you don’t want to miss out on all of the recipes!

 Kate’s organic produce and vegetables in Billings MT
Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be joining us for another year.  That way I know how many openings I will have for others to join.  Registration and deposits are due by April 15th.  Bodie, Barb and I are looking forward to seeing you all in June.  I will be posting more news as the season comes closer.