Food, Folks, Fun At Arcata’s CSAs

Friday, June 14, 2013
The scene at last weekend's Flicks at the Farm at Bayside Park Farm. Next month's feature is Ratatouille.

The scene at last weekend’s Flicks at the Farm at Bayside Park Farm. Next month’s feature is Ratatouille. KLH | Eye

SUNNY BRAE/ARCATA/BAYSIDE – Now is the time to secure your farm share from the Bayside Park Farm before the vegetable harvesting begins.

Enjoy 21 weeks, from June until November, of some of the freshest organic produce available, grown with care by local farmers. Each farm share costs $450 and each week’s box of produce will feed about three or four people. That’s about $22 a week for organic, locally grown food.

Community supported agriculture, or CSAs, are a way for people to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Members of the CSA support their farmers by pledging their commitment and purchasing a share in the spring. Once harvest begins, shareholders pick up their portion of weekly produce at the farm. Buying directly from the farmer keeps your dollars local, builds a sustainable economy and cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions from trucking in food.

Bayside Park Farm is a two-acre vegetable farm located in the City’s Bayside Park on Old Arcata Road. The farm has been operated since 1993 by blossoming student farmers.

To buy a share in your community organic farm, contact the Arcata Recreation Division office at (707) 822-7091. Shares can also be purchased online at  cityofarcata.org/departments/parks-recreation

For more information about CSAs and the farm, call Farmer Jayme at (615) 427-9372 or Farmer Leandra at (951) 258-4609, or e-mail baysideparkfarm@cityofarcata.org.

Rent your own plot at Bayside Park Garden

Here’s some food for thought, rent a garden plot! The City of Arcata Parks and Recreation Division offers garden plots for rent at the Bayside Park Community Garden.

With a four foot by 25 foot plot, you can grow your own organic fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for your family all year long.

Plots are $75 for the year for Arcata residents and $85 for non-residents. Bayside Park is located at 930 Old Arcata Road.

Join community gardeners and share in the growing vision!

For more information, contact the Arcata Recreation Division at (707) 822-7091 or visit cityofarcata.org/rec. On Facebook, search for “Arcata Educational Farm.”

Party at DeepSeeded

DeepSeeded Farm is hosting an Open House and Farm Party on Sunday, June 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. All are welcome to this free event. Music will be provided by Gunsafe and entertainment by Humboldt Circus. Farm tours will be given at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Bring finger foods and beverages to share for the potluck.

For directions to the event or more information, visit arcatacsa.com.

Redwood Roots chickening up

Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside just got 16 new pullets to replace the chickens killed by a coyote last month. They are running and flying around the chicken yard reveling in their newfound freedom.

“They aren’t going into the coop on their own at night so we have to collect them up and put them in by hand,” said Farmer Janet Czarnecki. “They are happy little chickens!”

 

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