AGRICULTURE

The Garden of the Heart Needs Cultivating

From the tilling of the soil, lessons may constantly be learned. No one settles upon a raw piece of land with the expectation that it will at once yield a harvest. Diligent, persevering labor must be put forth in the preparation of the soil, the sowing of the seed, and the culture of the crop. So it must be in the spiritual sowing. The garden of the heart must be cultivated. The soil must be broken up by repentance. The evil growths that choke the good grain must be uprooted. As soil once overgrown with thorns can be reclaimed only by diligent labor, so the evil tendencies of the heart can be overcome only by earnest effort in the name and strength of Christ.9 {CG 57.2}

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What is “Community Supported Agriculture”?

CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, is a mutually beneficial partnership between a farm or grower and a community of supporters.  It creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.

 

Members cover the grower’s yearly operating budget by purchasing shares of the season’s harvest, thus committing to support the farm throughout the season.  This way members share in the bounty as well as the costs and risks of growing their food right along with the grower.  Their share dollars help to cove the costs of seeds, feritilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc.

 

In return for their investment, CSA members receive a box or basket of fresh, locally-grown, typically organic produce, once each week throughout the growing season. Members prefer a wide variety of vegetables and herbs which encourages integrated cropping and companion planting.  These practices help reduce risk factors and give multiple benefits to the soil.  Crops are planted in succession to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables.  As crops rotate throughout the season, weekly shares vary by size and types of produce, reflecting local growing seasons and conditions.  Some CSA’S also offer flowers, fruit, meat, honey, eggs, and dairy products.

 

Why is CSA Important?

CSA keeps food dollars in the local community.

CSA creates a sense of social responsibility andstewardship of local land.

CSA eliminates the “middle man” and encourages direct cooperation and communication between the consumer and the grower

CSA provides growers with a fair return on their labor.

CSA gives growers a guaranteed market for their produce so they can concentrate their efforts on doing the best job they can to produce quality food instead of marketing.

CSA puts “the farmer’s face on the food” and increases awareness of how, where and by whom our food is grown.

For more information on CSA, you might try visiting:

https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/community-supported-agriculture

JCA CSA DETAILS

Harvest Seasons:

Farm Type:

Full Share:

(Family of four)

1/2 Share:

(Family of two)

 

Work required?

Pick up/Drop off

Available Shares

April 28th - July 6th (10 wks)

July 7th - Sept. 14th (10 wks)

Sept. 15th - Nov. 23rd (10 wks)

Nov. 24th - Feb. 29th (14 wks)

High School Academy

$250/season - paid in advance

$150/season - paid in advance

Not required but volunteers welcome

Jamison Community Ctr.

Jefferson Christian Academy

Others to be determined

20

Harvest to include lettuces, greens, tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, cucumbers, green beans, onions, summer squashes, winter squashes, purple hull peas, cabbages, carrots, beets,  radishes, okra, eggplant, herbs, etc.

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Vickie Esau
Director of Agriculture
(903) 665-3973
vickie.esau@jeffersonchristianacademy.org