Our first workshop this year will be Installing a Backyard Garden! We will be at Andrea Hughes’ house (11700 Spring Garden Drive St. Louis, MO) on Sunday, April 21st from 11 in the morning to around 1 in the afternoon. Thank you to Andrea Hughes for letting us use her yard for this workshop! All are welcome to come observe and help install a garden- you’ll be helping Andrea and picking up some first hand experience and knowledge for your next garden! We hope to see you there, and as always if you have questions you can send them to our email or facebook account.
The growing season has started (albeit with a few late snow falls…) and we’re already in the thick of it here at New Roots! For this growing year we’ve got four Collective members, some old and some new, with two interns and lots of friends and volunteers around the farm! We’ve got sixteen chicks who will soon be inhabiting their new and improved hen house, two beehives that seem to have made it through the winter (yay!), lots of Robins who like to peck the worms, some mice who sneak into our tool shed, some cats who like to eat the mice (we hope), and a Wren couple who nest nearby. Our grounds include one hoop house with newly replaced plastic, an earthen stove, two sheds, a composting toilet, a greenhouse, some compost bins, 14 rows (with some resting), a peach tree sapling, and a number of herb beds. There’s always something to be done at the farm, and none of it could happen without the love for each other and for our shared work together. Come join us on a Tuesday or Friday mornings from 9 to noon for fellowship, new skills and knowledge, or just the satisfaction of digging your hands into some earth!
We are so excited to be farming again this year, and we hope you all will join us! We have planned 6 excellent workshops open to anyone in the St. Louis area and 2 that we are hoping to offer to those who live in our neighborhood. We would love to have you volunteer and work with us in the beds, or celebrate with us at one of our parties this year. Make sure to come out and enjoy this growing season with us.
We are excited to offer 5 CSA slots to help us meet our budget this year. Shares cost $500 dollars and help us cover the cost of seeds, tools, labor and other expenses, and shareholders will be expected to come to the farm to pick up their share once a week (in the past, this has been on Fridays from 2-5pm). The season runs from the beginning of June through the end of October. This is a total of 22 weeks of fresh produce harvested that day.
Because our mission focuses on food security and urban sustainability, we are only accepting new shareholders that live within 5 miles of the farm. We are accepting shareholders until April 15, 2011, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not live in that radius, we would still encourage you to connect with a CSA. Lee Farms has a CSA with a pick-up spot at the Old North Grocery Co-op, and anyone wishing to purchase or split a CSA share, full or half, can email email@example.com. Or, click here for a listing of CSA’s throughout the country.