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July Update

The garden is doing well. It is slower than last year but we harvested the first few tomatoes over the weekend and the share this week including cucumbers and summer squash.

On the 5th of July we had an infestation of Japanese Beetles. We found them on our hazelnut trees, apple trees and everything around those trees. We put up some traps and caught over a gallon of them over night. Also spayed with BT but not BTg so who knows if it will work. Dusted effected areas with diatomaceous earth. Hopefully something will work or we could lose the trees and the squash and basil planted around them.

We have also added several recipes to our recipe page. We will keep doing this all summer long and into the winter so you can figure out how we use the food we produce.

Share Risk and Shared Reward

Usually when we talk to our members about shared risk and shared reward I talk about hail.  “If God gives us hail then we will replant more radishes and greens and get you as much as we can.”  This after noon while walking through the garden to check out the progress from Memorial Day weekend planting I was shocked to see a threat that I would not have imagined.  We had large hoof prints meandering through our squash, and mustard and through the newly planted baby corn. (See the pictures below).

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Who would have thought that a couple of stray cows could be a risk to a productive CSA garden. They aren’t even our cattle.  One of the local feeders called me at work to see if they belonged to me when they showed up to say hi to his herd.  If he hadn’t called I’m not sure what I would have thought when I walked out to the garden.

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.