March 28, 2021

Welcome & Season Information

Starter plants growing in cell trays

It feels like it’s been both months and minutes since we decided to grow for more than just ourselves. Making the decision to grow for market came with a responsibility to get up to speed on sustainable, regenerative farming practices that can keep up with this level of demand. Vegetables need a lot of support from the soil during their lifespan, and the soil needs a lot of support from nature to maintain its health and do its job. While the inherent design between plant and soil biology supports this relationship, it’s the harvest that interrupts the cycle. This is where the importance of grower mindfulness comes in. Just like the relationship between plant and biology is give-take, so is ours. We take and we give. Giving comes in many different forms - from leaving roots in the soil, to applying humus or worm castings, to planting an entire lush cover crop just for the soil biology to indulge in. If you’re wondering where you come into all of this, well it’s simple. Enjoy the nourishment the sun, moon, soil, and plants have engineered for you and forward that same wonderful energy into the world through your thoughts, words, and actions.

This week we sent out the welcome email for the 2021 season. If you were on our list and did not recieve it, please email us so we can get it to you. You may also want to check your spam folder. If you’re not on our list but would like to be, there’s still time to sign up. The email includes everything about the season including harvest dates, getting and paying for your share, our commitment to food safety and quality, and more.

If you have any questions about the season or just want to say hello, feel free to contact us at csa2j1@n2fmail.n02jsensorstation.com.

-Ruth & Matt

Featured Recipe

Alfalfa Tea for Plants

This year I started making Alfalfa tea for our starters and house plants. Alfalfa is an excellent source of balanced nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (NPK at 3-1-2) and many other essential vitamins and minerals. This is the simple, cost-effective recipe we use.

Ingredients:

  • • 1 cube from a bag of organic alfalfa cubes for horses (with no additional ingredients - just pressed alfalfa)
  • • 1 quart jar with lid
  • • 1 pint jar with lid
  • • filtered water

Instructions:

Drop 2 cubes into the quart jar and fill with water, leaving an inch or two at the top. Let steep for 3-4 days on the counter, out of direct sunlight. Pour through a seive into the pint jar, capturing the mash as you go. This mash can be applied to your compost for a nutrient boost and to reignite any dormant biological activity. Label your jar with title, date, ingredients. Store in the refrigerator. When ready to use, dilute at a ratio of 1:10. Apply to soil weekly or as needed.

This recipe is not for human consumption.