Week 08, July 19 2017

Since last week we have had more than 4 inches of rain.  It has been great for the garden but we did have quite a bit of wind that blew over the corn and green beans.  It looks like we they will recover. This week we had potatoes, green beans, Asian long beans, lettuce, cucumbers, […]

Week 07, July 12 GI Acres CSA Share

We are moving into the summer crops.  This week’s share included a lot of summer squash and our first green beans.  Not everyone got green beans but next week I think everyone will.  We had to pull a second table out of the garage to put all of the veggies on.  We had 2 kinds […]

Week 06, July 5, 2017

Week six we are starting to move into the summer veggies.  We had both cabbage and summer squash/zucchini in this share along with Collards, Turnip Greens, Dill, Purslane, Cabbage, Potatoes, lettuce, Bok Choy and Rhubarb.   Hopefully next week we will have green beans.  The early Contender, and Roma are blooming a lot.  The blue […]

Week 05, June 28, 2017

We are starting to see the transition from Spring to Summer.  The cold crops are slowing down.  This is most likely the last week for peas and the mustard and spinach have bolted.  We still have lettuce and the Swiss Chard is doing great.  There are lots of green tomatoes, the beans are blooming and […]

Week 4 Pickup June 21, 2017

We were hoping to have strawberries this last week but the heat and the fact that half of our berries are June bearing meant we did not have enough.  We did have radishes from the second planting.  Kathy thinned the turnips and gave out turnip greens as a choice.  The pictures below a full accounting […]

The Garden is almost full!

Beautiful day today June 17, 2017.  I mowed around the garden and mulched the early sweet corn with grass clippings.  Kathy picked pod peas, weeded and thinned the carrots and then pickled little carrots.  The chickens and rabbits enjoyed the tops.  I spent a lot of time weeding and then planted a bunch of our […]

Week 3 Pickup June 14, 2017

Week Three was a big batch of food 2 bags full.  We had Mustard, Kale, Lettuce (head and leaf), Radishes, Chives, Pod Peas, Swiss Chard, Spring Rapini, Rhubarb and Strawberries.  We also offered Mint, Oregano and Dill for anyone that needed more.  On June 13 we had a bit of storm and lots of Grand […]

Week 2 Pickup June 07 2017

This was a green share.  Lots of herbs and spring greens.  Mustard, Spring Rapini, Flat Leaf Parsley, Oregano, Dill, Mint, Radishes, Green Onions, Green Garlic, Mixed Salad Greens, and Garlic Scapes.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”16″ gal_title=”2017 Week 02 June 7″]

May 31 2017 CSA Pickup

We kicked off the 2017 CSA season tonight.  All of our members showed up on time.  Thank you.  The attached pictures are from our first share.  We did include eggs this week.  Eggs are not a given.  We only have 3 hens producing eggs at this time so we only get 2 or 3 a […]

First new plants of the Year

Palm Sunday weekend we began to plant.  The weather was great and the soil was getting warm.  We planted Carrots (Royal Chantenay, Rainbow Hybrid, Cosmic Purple and Purple Haze), Chard (Rainbow, Ruby  Red and Rhubarb), Spinach (Giant Noble, Escalade Hard), Peas (Oregon Giant Snowpea, Garden Pea Now and Later, Dwarf Grey Sugar), Onions (red and […]

A Week of Cold Wet Weather and a Sunny Sunday

Biggest News for the Week: We have sold all 10 CSA shares this year.  We have several new customers and some returning ones.  At least 3 of the new customers are from posting a classified ad on the Nextdoor Neighborhood App.  It is a great communication tool for neighbors and it really helped sell our […]

The Garden is Marching On

Lots of activity at GI Acres.  We took seeds to Barb’s Greenhouse in St. Libory this weekend.  Bard will be starting all of our plants.  They have a great setup and hopefully this works out better than what we did last year.  Barb will be starting more than 400 plants for us.   Tomatoes, Peppers, […]

Seeds and Other Stuff Ordered

What does anyone need with 1000 corn seeds? Kathy and I have been combing through seed catalogs since they started arriving in late November.  Today we sat down and placed our orders.  We ordered from 6 different companies (I think we have catalogs from 12+). We ordered from Burpee, Gurneys, Farmer Seed and Nursery, Jung […]

Less than a Week Until CSA Day 2017

The weather has been perfect for cleaning up the garden and getting things ready for next year.  We planted the first things on February 12.  Okay, we planted lettuce, mustard and bok choy in the cold frame I built last year but we did get to plant.  This weekend with 70+ weather I tilled the […]

New To Us This Year– Bounty From the Box Cookbook

Just received a physical copy of the book “Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook” by Mi Ae Lipe.  In December I purchased a digital copy of the book with the hope that it would help us provide recipes to our CSA members. (The digital copy is only available to CSA farmers at this time […]

We have 10 shares for sale again this year.

We will be offering 10 shares again this year.  As of today (1-15-17) I know that we have 2 shares left.  We haven’t heard from all of our 2016 members and they have the first choice about rejoining. We have made an investment in a CSA Cookbook, Bounty from the Box a CSA Cookbook, and we […]

First CSA Season Successfully Completed

The second week of October we ended our CSA season.  For 20 weeks we had baskets of food ready for each of our nine members.  It was our intent to sell 10 memberships and we sold nine.  Attached are pictures of the shares from each week. We plan to offer 10 shares again during the […]

Win a Share for Week 9

We have one share to give away for Week 9.  This is a picture of what we had last week in the shares.  This week should be similar.  If you would like to try out our CSA (Community Supported Agricultural Operation) this is your chance. All you have to do is go to our face […]

Weekly CSA Shares

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”5″ gal_title=”Weekly CSA Shares”] Here is what our weekly shares contain.  If you see lots of veggies on a table that is the total for 9 shares.  If it is just in front of a basket that was one share.  Our goal was to provide at least $10 worth of Farmer’s Market quality fresh […]

Celebrating Arbor Day and working all weekend

#Arborday We planted 14 trees and shrubs this weekend.  Kathy moved 6 red buds from the old house they may or may not live but with the wet weather she was able to get the roots out so we are hoping for the best.  We also planted 2 hazelnut trees, 2 pecan trees and 2 […]

Chicken Coop

The plan this year is to add bees and chickens to the operation.  I posted pictures of the bee hives earlier and we have bees coming mid April.  It is time to start working on the Chicken Coop.  We bought plans for a 4 x 8 shed from http://www.icreateables.com You can see those plans here.  They […]

A blustery day in March

The weather has been so wonderful the last few weeks.  Today we were reminded that it is still March.  The high was about 40 and the winds blew and gusted all day.  We even had a few snow flurries.  I had hoped to maybe plant some early spring things today but decided against it.  My […]

CSA Shares are going fast!

It is March 1 and GI Acres has sold 5 of the 10 shares available.  I think it is actually 6 but until the forms are filled out I’m not counting our sales.  If you are interested in our CSA check out the CSA Member Agreement. You can sign up for the CSA by clicking […]

10 things you won’t do after becoming an urban homesteader – Homegrown & Healthy

Once you’ve been bitten by the urban homesteading bug, there’s no cure. For real. When John and I started our teeny, tiny little garden and first documented it on The Sustainable Couple, we had no idea what we were doing. Fast forward 5 years and we’ve gotten ourselves together. We also have backyard chickens, 6… Read […]