Farmer Jayme Buckley, Bayside Park Farm

Located on Samoa Blvd in Arcata on a well situated piece of semi-rural loveliness is the Bayside Park Farm and Farmer Jayme grows a variety of crops for the CSA.  The greenhouse helps, kicks up the heat so members receive a bounty of tomatoes and peppers as well as the cool weather crops that the coast is famous for.  Located adjacent to the CSA Farm is a collection of plots that community members can rent to grow their own food.  To hear more about the Bayside Park Farm, listen here to the interview.

Find out more about the Bayside Park Farm.

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Shakefork CSA Farm – Kevin Cunningham

This is the "after" photo -- isn't she delicious looking?!

Grain Shares 2011/2012 Available Now!

Barley, rye, oats, wheat, buckwheat, corn, flax, dry beans — whole, cracked, stone-ground.

10-12 lbs of grain per month for 10 months of the year.

$450 for a full grain share.  $275 for 1/2 grain share.

Distributions are held on the first Thursday of the month at Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside.

Contact: Melanie and Kevin Cunningham, shakeforkfarm.com  — 707.498.3546   7914 State Highway 36, Carlotta CA 95528

Kevin and Melanie Cunningham have been raising grains for sale and have the Shakefork Farm CSA — and now they are selling Pastured Poultry.  I took the leap and encourage you to do it too — I bought 10 of the beautiful birds all packaged (just the was I like ’em) and I can now delve into the reaches of my freezer and pull one out whenever I want.  Steve and I have been arguing (amicably) continuously about the bird we are going to cook up tomorrow for our good friend Sanford — arguing about who gets to cook it and how it is going to get cooked.  After all — this is our first bird…a lot of expectations…a lot of thought… and soon to be roasted for dinner, then shredded for enchiladas, and then the carcass boiled down into a nice soup —

Update — We both roasted the chicken — we used a recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook — it was fabulous, crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside.  Yay Pastured Poultry!

Isn't she lovely?!

To listen to the interview with Kevin Cunningham go to:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
11_FFT_Kevin_Cunningham_11.mp3

This interview aired on the KHSU Homepage on August 14, 2009

Redwood Roots CSA – Erin Derden-Little

To listen to the interview with Erin:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/02_FFT_Erin_Derden-
Little_02.mp3

This show aired on KHSU on June 12, 2009

For more information about Redwood Roots CSA:

www.redwoodrootsfarm.com/

Eddie Tanner, Deep Seeded Farm CSA

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/14_FFT_Deepseeded.mp3
To listen to the interview with Eddie Tanner click the link!

Tomatoes in Arcata?…Do you have Greenhouse envy too? — I sure do!

Have you been wanting to grow tomatos...but you live on the coast?  Here is your answer!  Even a small home greenhouse is adequate to produce all those hot-weather crops we expect from the inland regions!
Here is your answer! Even a small home greenhouse is adequate to produce all those hot-weather crops we expect from the inland regions!
CSAs allow the member to support the farmer at the beginning of the year so that farmers don't need to take out expensive loans.  Members then come to this shed during the season and gather a basket of fresh produce.  The chalk board will list the number and type of crops that members can choose from.

CSAs allow the member to support the farmer at the beginning of the year so that farmers don’t need to take out expensive loans. Members then come to this shed during the season and gather a basket of fresh produce. The chalk board will list the number and type of crops that members can choose from.

Eddie also teaches a class on Organic Gardening through the Office of Extended Education at Humboldt State University in the spring semester — call (707) 826-3731 to be added to the mailing list for the next class.

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Frogs loving their habitat at Eddie’s Farm!

BIG Beef Tomatoes!

Zucchini were ready as early as April this year…grown in the giant greenhouse.

Community Alliance With Family Farmers – Michelle Wyler

Michelle Wyler, Regional Planner for Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) in Humboldt County, is working on ways to help farmers be successful.  Specific projects include a guide that lists local farmers and the types of produce they offer.  CAFF is also working to promote local food use in local institutions such as schools and hospitals — which presents some interesting regional difficulties due to the small size of our institutions and the need for farmers to plan ahead.

To listen to the interview with Michelle go to:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
06_FFT_Michelle_Wyler_06.mp3

This show aired on the KHSU Homepage on July 10, 2009

To view the website for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers:

www.caff.org/regions/humboldt.shtml