The sign-up process for the 2019 MGF CSA is now open! We only have spots for 40 CSA’s this year. We are trying to build a bad-ass CSA membership who can help us nurture MGF into a thriving social justice farm and retreat space. Who do we want? Food foragers, freedom fighters, movement mommas, PrYSM peeps, AARW A-Listers, holistic healers, leftist lesbians, communal chefs, transformative Trans*folk, handy homesteaders, dapper DIY-ers, fabulous funders, ambitious artists, autonomous abolitionists, fabulous facilitators, magical mediators, versatile volunteers, crafty carpenters, and gifted gardeners. (Any other alliteration ideas? Email me!)
For the third time, we find ourselves on new land. There are new infrastructure needs, new challenges and new benefits. This time around it’s a bit different; we hold title to the property! As such, there is a vast amount of farm infrastructure to build and invest in, and there is a lot more to think about. No more quick fixes, band aid solutions, mobile farm stands, or temporary projects. This time around we are moving slowly, carefully researching how to build a lean and sustainable farm operation that is capable of growing food and cultivating community for years to come.
We are continuing on with the CSA (Community Support Agriculture) model, and in fact, we have expanded the concept to a COA (Community Owned Agriculture) model! You can read about this in the link at the bottom about becoming an owner-investor of the farm. But I can’t reiterate how important it is that we get sales right away, up front, at the start of our season. Farming the organic method is truly expensive! We just spent over $8,000 on organic fertilizers and soil amendments, such as compost. And this does not include the several thousands of dollars we spent on seeds and potting soil.
As a self-administered rule, Farmer Kohei has made a solemn commitment to himself – no animals (and especially no Emu’s) until we are ready! While he is dying to bring back the production of yolk rich duck eggs, blue chicken eggs, and those speckled bite size quail eggs, we first have to figure out how to manage the intense presence of coyotes which make their pack presence known in the middle of the night, and the lone fox who frequents the property at more random hours throughout the day. Fisher cats stake their claim here as well. This is prime farmland in a rich ecosystem of freshwater ponds, salt water marshes, and farm fields plump with produce.
While we will probably start up our new flock of egg-laying poultry sometime this year, there is no guarantee on when eggs will be available. When they are available, we will be sure to let you know, and we can easily add them onto your share.
READY TO SIGN UP? CLICK HERE
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR? Aside from a new farm, new growing conditions, and a new location, we got a few other new things going on:
- Trying out some new vegetable items, such as Chrysantheum greens and Shishito peppers, and new varieties of scallions, tomatoes, and potatoes.
- We will be planting a few mini-orchards of hardy kiwis, fig trees, and blueberries, but these won’t be ready for harvest until 2020
- We’re moving slowly, building a truly sustainable farm movement organization – this means that we’re not going to jump right in into egg and meat production until we’re ready, and we’re also keeping this year’s CSA very small – capping at just 40 members.
- A newly formed Transplant Committee will be guiding farmer Kohei into building Movement Ground Farm into a lean, mean, green and totally bad-ass organization!
- An experimental CSA flower share will raise funds to support our movement partner organizations and their direct work with families separated by ICE
SUMMER & FALL VEGETABLE SHARES
The Summer share is 13 weeks of produce and starts July 2. Each share consists of 5 vegetable items. For example, you will get something equivalent to a pound of tomatoes, a bunch of carrots, a pound of green beans, a head of lettuce, and a whole watermelon. The Fall Share consists of 11 weeks of produce, starts on October 8th and goes through December 17th. We may also offer a short winter share focused on storage crops (potatoes, onions, beets, winter squash) paired with cold loving, sweet baby greens (such as bok choys, spinach, Chinese broccoli, baby lettuce) in our greenhouse. There will be optional free items each week when they are available.
The cost of one week’s worth of produce is $21.93, which brings the Summer share to $285.09 and the Fall share to $241.23. If you purchase both shares together, you get a $10 discount.
FLOWERS FOR JUSTICE (OR LOVE!)
Our Flowers for Justice (or Love!) is a CSA flower share program where you will receive seven fresh bouquets of flowers, one bouquet every other week. Since this is our first time delving into the world of flowers, this year will be largely experimental. 100% of the profit will directly go to support families who being torn apart by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, specifically to support their involvement in the immigrant rights campaigns of three organizations – Providence Youth Student Movement, Alliance for the Mobilization of Our Resistance, and Asian American Resource Workshop.
7 bouquets of flowers, delivered every other week, starting on August 13th and ending on November 5th. Cost is $140 for small bouquets (Flowers for Justice) and $210 for large bouquets (Flowers for Love). It is considered as a donation and if we receive our 501c3 status this year then you can deduct it from your taxes. We will send out notices if we achieve that status.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 for the Flower Share. SO SIGN UP SOON… OR RIGHT NOW!
CSA pick up days are on Tuesdays at the following locations and during the following times:
|Drop Off Sites
|PrYSM * Providence Youth Student Movement
||669 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
|Tuesdays, 2 – 6pm
|AARW * Asian American Resource Workshop
||42 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02122
|Tuesdays, 3 – 7pm
|MGF * Movement Ground Farm
||592 Puncatest Neck Road,
Tiverton RI 02878
|Tuesdays, 3 – 7pm
|GRI * Grassroots International
||Only Open to GRI Members
||# of Shares
||July 2 – Sept 24
||Oct 8 – Dec 17
||Aug 13 – Nov 5
||$20 – $30
||$140 – 210
Thank you for your ongoing support! Let the good times and good eating begin!