CSA INFO

Hello! If you’ve come to this site looking for information about our CSA program, you’re in the right place.

The Emma Farms CSA is 22 weeks long, starting May 1st. We have a $450 share or a $650 share. We are growing more than 150 different varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs this year – so as a CSA member you can expect all of the traditional favorites as well as a lot of unusual and rare varieties.

Our farm is located in West Asheville on Emma Road, one block from N. Louisiana Ave. Our convenient location means that CSA members can easily pick up their shares from the farm, and have the opportunity to see their food growing.

To find out more about the Emma Farms CSA, click any of the links below. Most of your questions will be answered in the following pages, but feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you, and we’re looking forward to growing with you in 2010!

WHAT IS A CSA?

IS A CSA RIGHT FOR YOU?

HOW IT WORKS

WHAT’S GROWING THIS YEAR

THE NEXT STEP

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Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 11:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Fungus Amongus….

Late tomato blight damage.

A humongus fungus among us….

Last summer was an incredibly wet year for us. By May it was declared that we had received enough rain to pull us out of the drought status that had afflicted our region for 2+ years. One of the worst gardening years on record for me! All of that moisture, combined with steady lower than average temperatures created the perfect environment for all sorts of evil garden demons… er, well, maybe not evil…

One of the most damaging plagues last year was the late tomato blight. It’s really common here in the cool damp mountains, and farmers are always hanging around the feed store complaining about it. It’s a highly contagious fungus that spreads through the air and can completely destroy tomato crops.

However, last summer, the fungus was unsually widespread and fierce, devastating crops all over the eastern half of the United States. Upon tracking the source of the outbreak, researchers discovered that a large plant company who supplies vegetable starts to large chain stores like Wal-Mart and Lowe’s could have been partially responsible for the massive outbreak.

All of it makes me think hard about agri-business and globalization and giant corporations… And really, I guess what I think is that gardening is way more important than any sort of political soapbox or anti-corporate fear mongering. If being able to buy a tomato plant at the hardware store will get people out in their backyards and eating healthy home grown food, then that’s good.

But, for myself, I’ll be starting all my own from seed this year. And making sure I have enough to give to all my neighbors who are upwind from me!

Click this link to go to the NY Times article about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/nyregion/18tomatoes.html

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 11:34 am  Leave a Comment  

WWOOF/Volunteer Stuff

So, for people interested in coming to volunteer at Emma Farms, this section is for you! Here we will post some pertinent things like: general farm info, what projects volunteers will be needed to help with, work expectations, events/classes/activities volunteers can participate in, our liability release statement and personal info form for volunteers, etc.

Please read through all of these pages – many questions you have about volunteering at Emma Farms will be answered. Thanks!

Click HERE to go to the WWOOF/Volunteer Info Page Index.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 7:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Crouching Tiger

Sunlight through the bamboo.

The only place in the whole compound that makes you feel like you’re in a kung fu movie…

Unfortunately, the heavy snowfall (16 inches!) in December hit the bamboo grove pretty hard and a good number got broken or permanently bent. I guess that means we’ll have a lot of material for trellises and little archways and whatnot. Hopefully the grove will expand exponentially again this spring!

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Two Birds with One….

Chicken run with grape vines and morning glories.

The chickens live in this fenced-in “room”, which is kind of sad that they cant roam, but with the number of raccoons, dogs, foxes, cats, hawks, etc. we have, it’s their only option. This does, however, provide a wonderful trellis for all sorts of vining plants – the first chicken area is covered with grapes, the second has newly planted kiwis, and they both are also home to beautiful vining flowers that the hummingbirds love. In turn, the chickens’ wastes help to nourish the plants and provide us with bumper crops of fruit. Wonderful!

Grapes on chicken coop.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Silly Chicken

This guy gets more comments than anything else around here (except for maybe the blue bottles around the front of the circle garden). He is a silver-laced polish rooster. Unfortunately now, with the new coop addition and a rearrangement of hens, the buff wyandotte rooster has been taking out his lack-of-hens-frustration on this guy’s crown feathers. Hopefully in the next week or two some adult hens will be available for purchase around town!

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 7:12 am  Leave a Comment  

2010 Project Agenda

Here’s a list of projects scheduled for 2010 at Emma Farms:

-attached polycarb and cordwood greenhouse (march)

-ornamental flower and herb garden (feb.)

-chicken coop addittion for pheasants/chicken breeding (jan)

-200 shitake mushroom logs (march)

-hops and trellis growing system (april)

-various bamboo ornamental garden structures (ongoing)

-bog garden (ongoing)

-elderberry production (may)

-forest cultivation of medicinal herbs (ongoing)

-composting toilet and outdoor shower (march)

-sandoz island ewok village (ongoing)

-fiddlehead/ostrich fern cultivation (may)

-expansion of vegetable gardens and raised beds (ongoing)

-drainage improvement with french drains (ongoing)

-some aesthetic intervention 🙂 (ongoing)

-outdoor classroom space (summer)

-trail maintenance and bridge building (ongoing)

-removal of standing dead oaks from woods (ongoing)

-new chicken coop connected with greenhouse (april)

-erecting playa dome and yurt (april)

-rainwater collection barrels (may)

-stream garden and riparian rehab (ongoing)

-redistributing a 5-ton pile of horse manure (ongoing)

-cob pizza oven (may)

-outdoor kitchen gazebo (may/june)

-archery range for weekly club meetings (april)

-morel cultivation project (april)

-wood fired hot tub and sauna (may/june)

-solar dehydrator (june)

-cold frames/hoop houses (ongoing)

-treehouses and platforms (ongoing)

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 7:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Infrastructure Posts?

So, what this section is all about, is… infrastructure. As in, all the building projects, trails, new gardens, greenhouses and cold frames, hop trellises, cob ovens, rustic wood-fired hot tubs… Maybe I’m getting carried away here?

Since we have a lot of big projects scheduled for this year, I’d like to document what all we’re doing. In this section I’ll include some plans, designs and ideas, drawings, some before and after photos (and really, dont balk at the before photos, it will make clear the need for big projects), and hopefully, photos of happy people all working together.

Enjoy!

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 6:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Oh Summer….

The grassy path through the backyard.

Somehow, looking at this picture, I’m totally stunned. I just cant believe that summer will come again and everything will once more be this green! We’ve had record snowfalls this year, and winter has been bitterly cold, wet, dark, and terrible. When the ground isnt frozen, there is six inches of slushy ice wtaer to wade through in order to traverse this path… I think the only footwear I’ve worn in months has been my insulated rubber boots.

But, despite all that, February is one of the biggest farm-work months around here. The 400 tomato seeds have just begun to sprout (indoors of course!), closely followed by eggplants and peppers. Now is the time to dig new garden beds, to weed the old ones, to burn brush and last years garden plants (since there was so much late tomato blight in the area as well as an explosion of harlequin bugs I’m not going to compost it), to plant early brassicas and peas, hack down the terrible holly bush again, mulch pathways, acquire oak logs for shiitake cultivation, do trail maintenance, and await the arrival of seed orders.

Even though the world seems dead right now and there doesnt seem to be any greenery in sight, if you look closely… the veronicas are blooming, the daffodils are up, crocus buds are about to pop, new raspberry canes are green just under the soil’s surface, baby cleavers are coming out of the mulch pile… and I know with all my heart that spring will come again.

And… that the poke berry that’s wedged under the chicken coop will be 15 feet tall again, that the mower wont be able to keep up with the lawn, that the morning glories will threaten to eat the cat or slow moving small children, the mosquitos will show no mercy… Well, you understand.

I can’t wait!

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 6:35 am  Leave a Comment