Sunday, March 29, 2009

Second New Member Orientation today

The second new member orientations will be held this afternoon at the Oak and Iris, 2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway.
  • Sunday, March 29th at 3 pm
New members will be able to sign up at the completion of orientation. Fees can be paid at orientation (via check only) or mailed later; however, shares won't be guaranteed until registration and (at least) 50% deposit is received.

For information on pricing and shares, please visit the Garden of Eve website (scroll down page). NEW this year: the farmer requires that a vegetable share (full or half) must be purchased in order to purchase an egg or fruit share. Flowers may be purchased on their own.

Please note: pickup time starts at 10:30 am, not 10:00 as listed on website. This was changed by the farmer mid-season last year due to issues with Long Island traffic.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Orientation Answers

Several questions were asked at the first new member orientation that we needed to research. Answers in quotes are from Eve, the farmer.

Thanks given to Gina, volunteer core member, for doing the finding the answers.

Q: Do the chickens get GMO feed?
A: Short answer: No. Long answer: I gave incorrect information at the meeting. The chickens are now getting organic feed! Here's more information from Eve: "We are feeding organic feed now. That is part of the reason that the price went up so much last year, when we switched. we spent $35,000 on OG chickenfeed last year!" In case it's not obvious, the organic feed is non-GMO.

Q: What were the pricing equivalents of the veggies distributed last year?
A: "The info on actual shares from past years now has its own web page http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/prior-actual-shares.htm"

Q: Can you give me information about farm visits?
A: "We will have about 1 farm visit per month. If you want to give us feedback about the best dates for you (or your group) that would be good, we haven't selected dates yet. Potentials are: July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept 13 is a definite, Sept 26-27 is our Garlic Festival, and in Oct we will have a gleaning event."

Q: Who is the membership coordinator of the East 4th St. Community Garden?
A: Kris Keller, kristenkeller1@msn.com

Q: What is the cost of two half shares?
A: If you purchase two half shares, so that you'll get a full dozen eggs every other week, you will be charged the price of a full share of eggs: $65. This is $5 less than the price of two half shares.

Important information: I mentioned in the meeting that we would have the opportunity to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys. Someone else mentioned that they read on the Garden of Eve website that they lost all of their turkeys last year in a fire. I [Gina] asked Eve about that, and she replied, "We will hopefully never raise turkeys commercially again. What a nightmare."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More on the Garden of Eve

From VVH-TV News Special: Organic Farming: Can It Feed Us? Part 1

Karl Grossman Chief Investigative Reporter examines Organic Farming on Eastern Long Island featuring Chris and Eve of Garden of Eve.


(c) WVVH-TV 2007 all rights reserved

Watch Organic Farming: Can It Feed Us? Part 2

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lecture: Mitzvah Meat

This Sunday, March 22 at 2pm at the Park Slope Jewish Center, Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, the founder of Mitzvah Meat, will be giving a special talk about her organization's commitment to ethically raised and slaughtered Kosher meat.

When: Sunday, March 22, 2pm
Where: Park Slope Jewish Center, the corner of 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Mitzvah Meat is committed to ethical kosher slaughter of healthy, grass-fed, non-factory raised meat. The farmers that work with MM are raising grass-fed, grass-finished animals. These animals have been living on pasture for all of their lives. They are not treated with any chronic low-level antibiotics, artificial hormones or other growth promoters. The animals and pastures are not treated with pesticides, herbicides, pour-on substances or internal wormers. They are given hay throughout the winter with additional high quality minerals and supplements if needed, particularly under severe winter weather conditions. Some farms supplement with less than 10% farm-grown oats or corn during the coldest winter months.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New member orientation and sign up tonight

The first new member orientations will be held tonight at the Oak and Iris, 2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway.
  • Wednesday, March 18th at 7 pm
New members will be able to sign up at the completion of orientation. Fees can be paid at orientation (via check only) or mailed later; however, shares won't be guaranteed until registration and (at least) 50% deposit is received.

For information on pricing and shares, please visit the Garden of Eve website (scroll down page). NEW this year: the farmer requires that a vegetable share (full or half) must be purchased in order to purchase an egg or fruit share. Flowers may be purchased on their own.

Please note: pickup time starts at 10:30 am, not 10:00 as listed on website. This was changed by the farmer mid-season last year due to issues with Long Island traffic.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New member orientation dates

Due to the realization that two of the three previously scheduled dates fell on Saint Patrick's Day and the first day of Passover respectively, new member orientation dates have changed and are listed below.

Orientations will be held at the Oak and Iris, 2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway.

  • Wednesday, March 18th at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 29th at 3 pm
  • Tuesday, April 7th at 7 pm

New members will be able to sign up at the completion of orientation. For information on pricing and shares, please visit the Garden of Eve website (scroll down page). NEW this year: the farmer requires that a vegetable share (full or half) must be purchased in order to purchase an egg or fruit share. Flowers may be purchased on their own.

Please note: pickup time starts at 10:30 am, not 10:00 as listed on website. This was changed by the farmer mid-season last year due to issues with Long Island traffic.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

KWT CSA fact sheet


E. 4th St. community garden by Flatbush Gardener
  • Pick location: Community Garden on E. 4th St between Caton Ave and Fort Hamilton Parkway
  • Pickup time: 10:30 am - 12 pm on Saturdays.
  • 2009 SEASON: 24 weeks, for all shares except flowers, which will be 22 weeks (end the week before Halloween).
  • First pickup: Sat June 13
  • Last pickup: Sat Nov 21 (week before Thanksgiving)
  • Members can sign up for full shares (every week) or half shares (every other week).
  • A vegetable share (full or half) must be purchased in order to purchase an egg or fruit share. Flowers may be purchased on their own.
  • Half-shares will get assigned A or B week and come for a "full" pickup, every other week (instead of getting half the amount, every week).
  • Members are expected to volunteer to assist in distribution for 1-2 pick-ups a season.
  • An additional cash payment of $10 will be required at your first pick up in June. This payment is to defray the costs of recruiting CSA members, holding CSA member events, and buying equipment for the share distribution