Soil Born Farms Digest: CSA Newsletter

July 27, 2016


In Your Box:
Every Week
Mixed cherry tomatoes
**2nds Napoli carrots
Dapple Dandy Pluot (Hurley Way Farm)
Long of Tropea Onions
Red Ace beets
King Arthur green bell peppers
Mixed variety summer squash
Tulsi basil (Hurley Way Farm)


**almost 22 million tons of food is wasted each year. While these carrots are “ugly” or slightly damaged, they are still nutritious and worth eating.

Every Other Week
Mixed cherry tomatoes
Big beef red tomatoes
Dapple Dandy Pluot (Hurley Way Farm)
Lomg of Tropea Onions
Chioggia beets
King Arthur green bell peppers
Mixed variety summer squash
Tulsi basil (Hurley Way Farm)



“As you develop your awareness in nature, you begin to see how we influence all of life and how all life influences us. A key and critical feature for us to know” - Tony Ten Finers/ Wanbli Nata’u, Oglala Lakota
-Jacques Cousteau


Farm News

By Jordan Mills


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Our watershed

Living close to the land, it’s easy to sense change. From my tent, the birds’ dawn chorus confirms our morning and coyote calls coo us eerily to sleep while nighttime movements along the river remain a mystery. The movements of the farm, though, remain routine. We plant, we tend, we harvest and pack, we water, we weed. Every so often the landscape demands we see a different picture. Perhaps it is a hawks harrowing scream that moves our attention from our groundwork to the sky. Or, seeing time pass in the comings and going of the food we grow.

When I arrived in March as an apprentice, my eyes first fell on the pink blossoms of our fruit trees. At this time, we planted our first plot of crops that we continued to place in boxes for you and for restaurants and for markets until they gave their last gifts. This first plot has since been turned back into the soil to bring new life. While once an abundant scene, the sight of fruit on the trees is disappearing in favor of peppers and melons and tomatoes.

Our changing landscape tells the seasons and brings gratitude for all we are able to grow and enjoy. The squirrel in me is sad to say goodbye to some things and has been delightfully dehydrating, canning, and freezing to keep the joy alive into future months.

Water’s cyclic nature is fascinating to me in the theme of change. At Soil Born, our work is centered around water and the connection is a little clearer than when I have lived in cities. Our loyal pump simply brings water from the American river to soak our soils, to grow our food.

Around the time we start our morning work, the big machines wake up outside our fence line to restore a once cement lined Cordova creek into a riparian habitat hugged by native plants. This ability to move water and change the landscape brings my attention to the delta tunnel conversation. I think of timeless moments walking along the river trails, swimming in its waters and communing with the critters that have called it home longer than I can know.

I consider the privilege of this experience and how to be fully awake and appreciative advocate for this environment that endlessly gives.


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Cordova Creek Restoration


Featured Veggie: Green Bell Pepper
While a pepper can come in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate, white and purple, there is no such thing as a mature green pepper. Green peppers are picked before they have fully developed into their fated hue.

The pepper plant has come to our plates by a rich history in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Pepper seeds were carried to Spain in 1493 and from there made their way around Europe and to Africa and Asia. Today, China is the world’s largest pepper producer after Mexico and Indonesia.
Peppers are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Bell Peppers (thankfully to some) are the only member of the family that don’t produce capsaicin, the compound that makes other peppers taste hot.


Enjoy them!


Featured Recipe: Couscous & Veggie Stuffed Peppers


Dates and Notes
Elderberry Evening
Wednesday, July 27, 6:15-8:30 pm
$12.50 for Adults and Children
Participants will learn about elderberry, other native plants, and wildlife on the 2.5 mile hike.


Herbal First Aid
Saturday, July 30, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
$25, plus $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor
We will discuss plants that can be used to address minor injuries and illnesses, learn to create home and travel first aid kits, and identify first aid plants you may find in the wilderness. Instructor: Daylin Wade


Beyond Cleansing: Rebuilding and Strengthening Foods and Herbs
Saturday, August 6, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $25
We will go over what Building herbs and foods are. We will discuss the different types of Ginsengs and demystify them.
Instructor: Rev. Candis Cantin, Integrative Herbalist, Counselor & Teacher


Fun on the Farm
Saturday, August 6, 9:30-11:30am
$10 Co-op owner, $15 regular price
Participants will make a farm fresh snack, meet the farm animals and create something to take home.


Tomato Jubilee at the Farmstand
Saturday, August 6, 8am-12:30pm
There will be 4 different cooking demos, a preserving booth and melon and tomato tasting! We will also have dehydrated peaches and tomatoes for sale.
This event is FREE.

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