Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Farm Talk: The Asparagus Pension Plan

Hi Farm Folk,

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Update:
Our CSA starts the first week of June --- only two weeks away! The crops are doing amazing, and CSA members have a lot of local, organic yumminess to look forward to. We're so excited by the health and abundance of our crops, including spinach, garlic, tomatoes, purple potatoes, carrots, kale, salad mix, peas, rhubarb, arugula, Asian greens mix, Swiss chard, cukes, zukes, green onions, etc, etc, etc. It's not too late to register for your share of the harvest: www.thecuttingveg.com/CSA

Farm Update:
Some crops can be eaten within weeks of being planted. We put onion seed in the ground in mid-April, and we're already delighting in the first fresh green onions of the season. Other crops can take years and years before being harvestable. Walnut trees, for example, can take 15+ years of growth before producing. Last week, we added to our mix of perennial plants, by planting 8000 asparagus roots on the farm. Asparagus joins our all-star team of perennial crops, which also includes rhubarb, oregano, chives, and mint. The flavour of freshly harvested, organic asparagus is other-worldly. However, asparagus takes two years to establish itself before producing significantly, so it'll be 2014 before we can start to reap the harvest of this past weeks work. No instant gratification for us on this crop. Once it starts producing though, we can look forward to decades and decades of asparagus. I think of it as my pension plan. When I am too old to even plant and manage a sizable garden, I'll always have my asparagus and homegrown nuts to live on!

The Cutting Veg in the News:
FoodShare presents: Place Making Solutions in the Food System
Join Debbie Field, Alison Blay-Palmer, and Terry Marsden, chaired by Fiona Yeudall, on May 29, 7-9pm. For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/KU1N29

Kavanah Kids Summer Program: Registration Now Open
This summer, give your kids the chance to discover the many different plants and animals that live and thrive at the Kavanah Garden, Shoresh’s Jewish organic garden in Vaughan! Our half-day, week-long programs feature garden and nature-based activities, crafts, drama and movement, food preparation, storytelling, and more! We are offering two exciting summer programs to choose from!

Dates and Time: Creatures and Critters – July 9-13, 2012 (9am-12pm), Garden Guardians – August 13-17, 2012 (9am-12pm)
Ages: 6-10 years old
Location: Kavanah Garden (18 Lebovic Campus Drive)
Cost: $150/child/session (or $275 for both sessions!)
Space is very limited so sign up today! For more information, visit http://shoresh.ca/camp_programs

That's all from the farm for now. Until next time, Keep Livin on the Veg!

The Cutting Veg Farm Team

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