It's April and we've been blessed with lots of rain. Soon we'll need to work those fields so we wouldn't mind a little break to let the soil dry out. We will need to till in the beautiful cover crop you see in the picture above. Last fall rye, crimson clover and vetch were planted after the fields were tilled. Not only does this help hold the soil in place it also adds nutrients to the soil.
Soil fertility is a key component of organic farming. We can't just add synthetic fertilizers if we don't have the necessary nutrients to grow great vegetables. With proper planning though we won't need those fertilizers.
A few updates regarding the CSA:
1) We still have a few spots available. If you're interested in participating in our CSA program in 2009 get in contact with us now. Call Aaron at 704/305.6654 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Deposits are due. For those of you who have signed up but haven't sent your check please do. Checks should be made payable to Cold Water Creek Farms and mail to:
14 Oakland Ave. SE
Concord NC 28025
3) We are developing partnerships with several local chefs. We're hoping to have at least one meal at the farm for CSA members cooked by those culinary professionals who will also be buying from Cold Water Creek Farms this seasons. We'll also be sharing their recipes throughout the season so you'll know how they're using our produce. I'll share more about this and announce just who we're partnering with in a future post.
4) We are also developing relationships with 'protein partners' who have local eggs, cheese and meat for sale. We're hoping to make their products available to our members and help distribute this food by including it in our weekly vegetable share pick up. I'll be posting more information on what will be available soon.
5) The greenhouse at the Elma C. Lomax Farm Incubator is almost fully operational. Thanks to everyone who helped make this project possible.
It's warming up and we're excited about getting our hands dirty in 2009!