Week 13: We are No-Till farmers. What does this mean?

HAPPY 13TH WEEK SECOND WIND CSA! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE! YOU ROCK. THIS IS DAVIDA BLOGGING IN FOR MY LAST WEEK AT SECOND WIND, I AM ON THE VERGE OF TEARS.

Words from Leslie Lewis: “Let folks know it’s your last week and that we are getting the farm in order to be missing your help. We’ll be doing a final weed round up on Saturday to get us set up for your departure and its the last chance folks will have to work along side your lovely face and get to know you!” SHE MAKES ME BLUSH!

WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR CSA SHARE THIS WEEK?

  • Summer squash
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet peppers
  • Shishito peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Scallions
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Salad mix
  • Yukina
  • Basil
  • Cilantro/dill
  • Fennel
  • Sheep Yogurt Order Form (This is the last week for yogurt – those who added on and anyone who wants to preorder, time to stock up!)
                   NO-TILL FARMING HELPS SAVE THE WORLD. 
What is the definition of No-Till farming on the internet?---
“No-till farming (also known as zero tillage or direct drilling) is an agricultural technique for growing crops without disturbing the soil. No-till farming requires some different skills than conventional farming. A combination of technique, equipment, pesticides, crop rotation, fertilization, and irrigation has to be used for local conditions. Zero tillage means there is no use of mechanical tools.” (Wiki) 

Why does no Till farming have the lowest carbon footprint? ---
A 2016 article from USNEWS questions if No-Till farming can reverse Climate Change. No-Till farming adds organic matter to the soil by using compost and cover crops! Tillage removes carbon from the soil and releases it into the air as carbon dioxide. 

What it is like farm No-Till with Second Wind CSA---
We only use our hands and handheld tools. When we weed on our hands and knees is when I feel closest to the earth. We handpick potato beetles off the plant and also make an effort to cheer on the plants while they are growing. Leslie and I sing a cheer to each other after packing CSA shares, we need to start singing to the vegetables!
The song goes...
"You did a GOOD JOB!
You did a GOOD JOB!
G-DOUBLE O- D -J-O-B"  

Why I feel proud to do this kind of farming--- 
I wanted to work on a farm to serve the land. I feel proud of this work because what we do is the best kind of technique for our planet’s well being! 

Why are your vegetables so delicious?---
Yummy food can be great for the earth and the community. Keeping the carbon in the soil holds water better and reduces disease which keeps the soil organisms healthy! Before farming, I never thought about the importance of soil health for delicious food. Now I know what a great impact it makes! 

A love note from the Editor---
Second Wind CSA does it best. Leslie and Anthony pride themselves on feeding people, they are farmers who deeply care about providing access to amazing organic No-Till food for people's beautiful bellies.I will miss them dearly, the tomatoes,potato beetles and everyone at the farm! 

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