That sounds great, Mike, but what is a Work Share Member? Well, thank you for asking - imaginary person that is helping me get this post started - a work share is a CSA member that trades their labor for a weekly share of produce from my garden. This is a perfect opportunity for someone with some gardening experience to work on a one acre garden and see how produce is marketed to the community.
The member will work one day a month for a 4 hour period harvesting, planting, working or doing whatever else needs to get done in the garden. In return, the member will receive a weekly share of produce that can be picked up from my house each week.
I think that one of my roles as a market grower (a fancy term for those of us not ready to call ourselves farmers) is to introduce people to the process of growing food. I know farmers who started out as work shares. It is a great way to get to spend some time taking part in local agriculture. Also, I am awesome, and you will get to hang out with me for 4 hours every month, which is pretty great.
If you are interested or if you know someone who might be interested, please tell them to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put work share in the title.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I am excited to announce that I have completed my growing plan for 2014 and I have decided to start a 10 member CSA program. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is a way for consumers to connect with local farms. CSA members of Marvin's Garden Produce pay a one-time fee of $300 and in exchange receive 20 weeks of produce from my garden. You can take a look at the CSA schedule here.
Monday, August 12, 2013
The first thing I ever grew was a green pepper on the patio of my apartment in 2006. It was gross, it turned out we were growing a variety that wasn't good for container growing. I'll call that lesson one. I don't know what lesson I am on now, but it is in the triple digits, I am sure. Since then I have become consumed (HA!) with growing my own food. Since I started growing, and helping others grow, I have found that there a few main reasons that keep getting me back out in the yard.
To the left is a picture of me watering my tomato plants in my greenhouse in 2012. I miss those Tom's...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The title is a direct quote from my girlfriend when I sent her to the blog to retrieve my address - I still don't know my garden's address. Also, for the last couple of days I have been pretty tired, so wasting some time this morning writing this will be a nice break.
After some searching and not finding the right place to buy, I decided that it would be a good idea to look for land to lease for 2012 so that I could take my time finding the perfect permanent home for the garden. After contacting many, many local farmers and being told no time and time again, I turned to Craigslist.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I will only be in Texas for 3 more weeks! I am getting really excited to get started on my own in Louisville. I have onions, parsley and swiss chard I have been growing here in Texas that will make the trip north with me, along with a few flats of tomatoes and other items I am starting early in hopes of getting them to the market faster.