Soil Born CSA Newsletter: The Digest



July 1, 2015

 

Weekly
Suncrest peaches
Red, white and blue tators
Green beans
Purple cabbage
Summer squash
Lemon cukes
Green bell peppers
Carrots
Beets


Every Other Week
Suncrest peaches
Red, white and blue tators
Tomatillos
White scallions
Cherry tomatoes
Green cucumbers
Green bell peppers
Green beans
Eggplant

 

“It’s easy the night before to get up early the next morning”
-Farmers Almanac 2015


Farm News
By  Jared Clark


7 1 15 sunrise

Sunrise on a new perimeter fence line taking slope.


Yesterday I had the great pleasure of completing our annual organic inspection with our inspector from our certifier California Certified Organic Farmers.  Once a year all organic producers are subject to the rigors of an inspection from CCOF or another certifying agency. 

 

These inspections keep organic producers in compliance with the USDA’s National Organic Program and all of its rules and regulations.  For a small operation such as ours the inspection is not as daunting as for some but certainly challenges us to keep good records and our stacks of papers, binders, and clipboards in order.  


The inspection reviews our Organic System Plan (OSP) which is the central document that details our organic farming practices.  The OSP is divided into sections and includes everything from parcel maps to pest management, input materials, record keeping, and labeling to soil management, harvest, transport, and storage.  


The inspection reviews all of our input application records to make sure all inputs are approved for use in organic production. An input is anything we purchase from off farm to aid in crop production.  This includes all compost applications, fertility in the form of water soluble sprays (like liquid kelp, fish emulsion or calcium), potting mix for our greenhouse starts, and any organically approved pesticides which we seldom use to control pests or diseases.  


In addition to reviewing the OSP the inspector conducts a production verification audit. This is an assessment of estimated production and yield capacity versus actual production and sales.  The inspector chooses a sample crop over a certain time period and audits to make sure our field plantings and production capacity meet our actual sales.


While the paperwork and record keeping needed to keep our farm certified organic can be a bit tedious it is a necessary component of a functional operation. Let us all celebrate the pencil, eraser, clipboard, and binder for their role in allowing us to provide you all with another year of certified organic produce!  

 

7 1 15 ferdinand

Ferdinand the steer posing in pasture.

      
Featured Recipe: Peach Cobbler

 

Featured Recipe: Patriotic Potato Salad

 

Dates and Notes


Important Reminder: The Farm Stand will be closed this Sat. July 4.


The Herbal Way
Wednesday, July 08, 2015, 05:30pm - 08:30pm
Come learn how to bring medicinal plants into your everyday life to promote overall wellness and address minor illness and injury. We will discuss the healing properties of several common herbs, and how to incorporate them through cooking, everyday herbal tonics, and simple home remedies for when ailments arise.

 

Location: American River Ranch


Instructor: Daylin Wade, Soil Born Farms


$35, $30 Co-op owners


Registration:www.sacfoodcoop.com


 
Solar Cooker Workshop
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00am - 03:00pm
The class will cover many tips on how and when to use your solar cooker and a number of recipes that lead to successful meals. We will prepare various foods and sample them when cooked with the sun.


$35, $30 Co-op Owners


Registration: www.sacfoodcoop.com


Location: American River Ranch


Diggin' In
From Monday, July 06, 2015 -  09:00am; To Friday, July 10, 2015 - 02:00pm
This hands-on training will include: Needed materials and approvals, curriculum examples, basics of gardening with children, creating and communicating your vision, funding ideas and much more


 **If you would like to sign up a 3- person team ($500), contact Rebecca at 916-252-6650.


$200 per person


Register: www.soilborn.org

 
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