The gardens are off to a good early start and we are looking forward to a summer full of fresh food.
In this week's harvest:
Mustard Mix (Mizuna, Arugula) with spinach
Other news: We just received some small funding from the Crestone Micro Fund and are working to finish plumbing inspections, the walk-in cooler, kitchen details, and the solar thermal system. The harvests will now be stored in the walk-in cooler, which, without any active cooling has stayed pretty cool. We intend on carbon-neutral cooling sources, like using the solar thermal to bank night-time temperatures. You will surely see our progress.
Also, the question has come up regarding our soil nutrient protocols: what we are using and where it comes from. In all past years we have used our own compost made from horse and chicken manure, plus excess garden biomass in deep organic, Biodynamic, and Permacultural principles. Unfortunately, we had to sell the horses last summer and so we have been left without much compost feedstock. This summer only, we purchased 30 tons of a commercial compost product from Compost Technologies near Center. This is a certified facility and regulated by the state (5 turnings, 135 F between each turning) and is made from different manures and straw. We are also selling and delivering this product if you or anybody you know may want some. Please note, while we do compost human manure we DO NOT use it for the food gardens, it goes exclusively on grasslands and pasture.
Lastly, in case you were wondering, the total cash value of a CSA share is intended on being below or equal to what you would have spent if you bought each item individually. The harvest numbers from last year indicate that it was about an equal value, although there is always extras that do not get recorded. We are taking extra care this year in recording harvest data to ensure a positive value for shareholders.