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National CSA Day Press Release

 

CONTACT:

Stone Labyrinth Farm
Glenn Crawford & Kerry Herward
70 Bishop Road, Belmont NH
(603)-998-7133
stonelabyrinthfarm@gmail.com

 

CSA Day Offers Second Chance for New Year’s Resolutions

Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture on Feb. 24 with Stone Labyrinth Farm

Belmont, NH January 30, 2017 – Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rear view mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. Stone Labyrinth Farm is pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 24, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:

  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
  • supporting their local farmer;
  • being kind to our planet;
  • learning something new; and
  • being adventurous in the kitchen.

CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.

According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.

Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution center. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.

“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”

How to Get Involved with CSA Day

If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support Stone Labyrinth Farm sign up for a share on February 24, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation. You can also sign up here to stay up to date on news and updates about CSA Day.

“Sign-up is easy,” says Glenn. “To learn more and to join us for the 2017 season, you can reach us at: stonelabyrinthfarm@gmail.com, check out our website http://www.stonelabyrinthfarm.com or by phone: 603-998-7133 and payment can be done by Cash, Check or Credit/debit Card.”

About Small Farm Central and CSA Day
In 2006, Simon Huntley combined his passion for helping small farmers and his experience in technology to found Small Farm Central. The organization serves the technology needs of small business farmers, including websites, eCommerce, CSA member management and marketing tools. Small Farm Central coined CSA Day in February 2015 to celebrate local agriculture among CSA members and farmers. Small Farm Central has worked with more than 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.smallfarmcentral.com and www.csaday.info.

Thanks,

Glenn & Kerry

Busy busy little mee (us)

Well it is raining, that is great no watering today. Here at the farm we have been busy busy little bees, tending the greenhouse working in the gardens. With a little rain I can escape and post an update.

Things are coming up great in the greenhouse. the gardens are doing well. The fields will be ready to make hay soon.

The mulch layer, is taking longer than I thought to tune in just right. Last wind storm we lost a lot of paper, most did not have plants in it yet total of 2 rows blow away. Now I know what I have to do, the front disc need to go deeper and the back disc need to do better coverage. It is doing a great job keeping the weeds away.

Also we here at Stone Labyrinth Farm and Wayfarer Coffee Roasters; http://www.wayfarerroasters.com are doing a raffle for ever 12oz bagged coffee bought you get a raffle ticket for one of our CSA Shares! So go visit them and buy some coffee!!!!!!!!

We will see you soon at the Farmers Market; Tuesdays @ Franklin Hospital and Thursday downtown Laconia.

Mulcher update

Ok remember our new toy for the farm?

Mulch Layer Side.jpg

Who thought it would take me 2 days to adjust it? Not me, but the I was almost all weekend do just that.

Finally to the garden again it took another hour of test runs without paper, to tune everything in. We need to set depth and angles we could not do at the shop. It needed to be in the garden to the soil depths.

Here we go with paper!!!

(insert video, oops I need to upgrade my site to do that)

Bummer! we got some rips in the paper because the chains kept falling off. But the were no more pieces. So off the the store to buy a couple quik-clips. Well that worked!!

Now time to get down to work, onions and leeks here we come!!!!