Mock CSA Harvest

Counting down to our first harvest next week our class decided to practice harvesting and put a CSA bag together. Each of us in the class contributed a crop or two to the “pretend” CSA bag and it turned out to be a thing of beauty.

Now let me just set the expectation that my own personal harvest will probably NOT look this bountiful, but I am hopeful.

CSA stands for community-supported agriculture where an association of individuals pledge to support a local farmer and in turn those individuals get their share of produce when harvests begin. The CSA customers also share the risks associated with food production which they take into consideration before becoming a member.

Two Weeks to First Harvest

One of my goals in AgSchool is to grow my plants with as little application of fertilizers and chemical pesticides as possible. I wanted to see how they would do with the bare minimum. So far, the front runners are the radish daikon hybrid, indigo tomato, snow peas, hot peppers, and Chinese cabbage. They are not quite mature, but I am relieved that I will have some crops to harvest in a couple of weeks.

We will have two more times to harvest after the first one, so I am hoping that my other crops will reach maturity before then.

Radish Daikon Hybrid
Radish Daikon Hybrid
Indigo Rose Tomato
Indigo Rose Tomato
Snow Pea
Snow Pea
Hot Pepper
Hot Pepper
Chinese Cabbage
Chinese Cabbage

Daikon and Snow Peas Sprout

Thursdays are GoFarm AgSchool lecture night in the classroom. But we always make time to inspect our plot right before class. And tonight I am happy to report that the Hybrid Radish Daikon and the Snow Peas I planted on Saturday have sprouted! I am once again a very proud parent.

 

Hybrid Radish Daikon
A Row of Baby Daikon
 
Snow Pea Sprout
Baby Snow Pea