See ya soon, Buckhorn Crew
Happy Spring Everyone,
We have landed on the doorstep of the 2013 growing season in full swing, here at Buckhorn Gardens. Here’s the latest: We currently have five new baby goats and our pastures are full of the young chitlins’ bouncing around! New interns will also be bouncing onto our farm any day now. We have moved our newly active laying hens into “the Wallapini” to build fertility and they love the new ground! Just a few days earlier these hens were mixing and fertilizing the soil of seven beds in the “Mars” high tunnel. Twenty-‐five varieties of potatoes and varieties of carrots have now been planted in “Polaris” high tunnel. And “Mars” high tunnel is freshly planted with a cover crop to mix and cycle the nutrients left behind by all the chicken litter. The Dome is exploding with life: around two dozen heirloom grains, pulses, and greens all of which are serving as cover crop and seed stock for future plant-‐outs. Also in the Dome are trays of over 35 varieties of onions, dozens of peppers and eggplants, 75 varieties of tomatoes, over 100 types of flowers and herbs, plus more. It’s utter chaos! Plus the first soil of the season is being turned in the gardens. We are bursting with excitement!
All this excitement leads me to the point of this letter. As we turn and mix and cycle and plant we plan for this diversity to make a very appetizing CSA program. Little by little, year to year, without chemicals, many people work WITH nature through this farm to build the soil, raise, share and eat food, learn, teach, and save seed. We care very deeply about Mother Earth and how we are interacting in and with this land. We carry our strong passions with us in the gardens as well. Some things we’re most passionate about this year are raising grains, dry beans, and other pulses for storage and feed. These garden families that we’ll be planting include everything from rye, amaranth, quinoa, flax, sesame, fenugreek, lentils and more. Our intention in raising these plants is to experiment with edible cover crop planting schemes. Yes, edible, as in a very appetizing CSA share.
With a gracious infrastructure in place, we are set to continue building a strong community farm to help provide the nutritional needs of the surrounding area. Our way of providing for the community comes from our heart. Honestly, the heart of our farm is the CSA. Our farm will be offering a CSA program this summer during market season and again during winter, beginning around Thanksgiving and lasting until March. Our CSA share will bring you the freshest flavor our soils can grow that week, from cool season greens to high summer tomatoes. By joining our CSA you help make this farm run; in return, you receive a share of our farm and gardens. An interesting aspect of being a part of Buckhorn through our CSA is that you may have a share of our animal herds by being able to purchase chicken and goat products, plus other treats we offer from week to week. Yes, we will also be at both farmer’s markets in Ridgway and Telluride this summer, so the option to have CSA shares delivered is possible. Please refer to the attached CSA application for any details.
Because we’re passionate about sharing our farm, we feel that it’s important for all of our CSA members to be familiar with Buckhorn Gardens and to literally have a hand in the process of growing food. We highly suggest to our CSA shareholders to come on out and work two days throughout the season. Many
opportunities exist for you to come out and get your hands dirty with us. After so many comments on how much better the food is when members came out and planted or harvested it, we have no choice but to highly suggest it. We also want to invite anyone else, CSA member or potential member, to come out and visit the farm on most any workday. We are incredibly grateful and excited to be doing what we are doing—growing food for our community.
I hope this has provided you all with some sense of what we are trying to do here and how your family and friends can be involved. Join our CSA! Or at least, say “hi” once in awhile...
See ya soon, Buckhorn Crew