Home and Community Gardening


| 11/13/2013 9:49:00 AM


Tags: CSA, community supported agriculture, Fertile Grounds, Erik Thiel, Pennsylvania,

greensThis is the last week the CSA share will be available to pick up until next season. A lonely cloud filled with depression swept over the yellow, Fertile Grounds delivery truck as I handed in our flattened boxes, placed the fresh produce in re-usable grocery bags, and said good-bye to the woman whose kind hello and quick exchange of a few words I’ve come to weekly appreciate.

I like to think of it as an extension to my home garden. Except I don’t have to physically tend to it. Instead, I and many other community members and families, financially support them. They also received a grant from the USDA in 2012. This pays for overhead costs and allows the CSA to educate the community about sustainable agriculture.

The home garden is a place for me to observe the forces of nature, to experience the changing seasons and connect to the force in control of it all, but in regards to time input versus food output, limitations do apply. There is always time in my life to garden, if only for a moment on some days, yet I still find myself going to the grocery store.

Now that I have a feel for what to expect from the CSA, I can plan my garden in accordance with theirs in order to reduce the amount of food I buy at the grocery store, and to get the most from my home garden. 

For the past 8 weeks of the growing season, I have been a member of my local CSA. Quite possibly each week I received kale. And kale I enjoy. At home, the cabbage worms have been enjoying the kale leaves a bit more than me, despite my constant handpicking. Next year, I won’t bother with planting kale, which will free up space for more broccoli, including romanesco.

potatoesMy favorite food of all is potatoes. There is no limit to my consumption. The only limit is to how much the home garden and my Dad’s garden, at this moment, are capable of producing. Not enough for my limitlessness is how much. I also hate purchasing potatoes from the grocery store, more than any other single item. Good thing the CSA offers extra potatoes for purchase, and although I love potatoes from them, I’ll make sure to continue growing potatoes at home.




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