Staff meeting 3.13.13


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The Ecosystem Farm presents its season for 2013. Included are important dates, the CSA at a glance, and some principles of sustainable agriculture as they relate to the Ecosystem Farm. Please feel free to use any of this content in your interpretation of our beautiful space.

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Staff meeting 3.13.13

  1. 1. The Ecosystem FarmPlan 2013
  2. 2. What do we do at the Ecosystem Farm?
  3. 3. What is SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE?- sequesters carbon in the soil -We till (open the soil) as little as possible, and produces food with energy plant cover crops to cover it, maintain efficient methods healthy soil to reduce nutrient loss- increases soil organic matter -Cover crops add organic matter, as does and a diversity of living soil organisms compost. We are careful with our tractor- improves water quality and work to maximize healthy tilth of soil. quantity -We manage the farm so nutrients are- improves biodiversity leached into the groundwater, river, or- improves the health of soil, surrounding swamp. plants, animals, farm workers, -We spray minimal organic pesticides only consumers when absolutely necessary.- increases farm financial -Healthy people: farmers and customers. viability by reducing dependence on inputs and -Making soil healthy = healthy plants, long providing farmers a fairer term balance in soil (amendments & return for their products fertilizers)- (from the Canadian Organic -MONEY = farming is a viable career / Growers) lifestyle
  4. 4. The Farm Staff• Daniel A Note about Farmer Training: Through• Holli on-farm training and formal classes and projects, apprentices at the Ecosystem• Becky Farm share in the work and vision of the• Mystery farm in order to prepare them for a future in sustainable agriculture. Our model Apprentice – functions as a market-driven operation in mid-May order to present the realities of participating in a sustainable agriculture business.
  5. 5. CSA 2013• First week in July – first week in December• Tuesday pickups are BOX pickups, 3:30 – 6:30• Friday pickups are MARKET-STYLE pickups, 3:30 - 6:30
  6. 6. CSA 2013 cont’d.• Boxes include 20 weeks of produce, a cookbook of EcoFarm- specific produce, 2 canvas bags, and an Accokeek Foundation membership.• Total for the season is $575
  7. 7. Important CSA Dates• First pickup of every month: Farmer Happy Hour(s) - we will be present at every first week’s pickup to greet and meet and catch up. The other three pickups of the month, we will probably be out in the fields!• July 7: Welcome Potluck• August 11: CSA U-Pick / Workday• September 21: Harvest Event with the National Colonial Farm• November 10: Fall Potluck with CSA Community
  8. 8. Pieces of the Puzzle• Compost• Food Justice• CRAFT• Extending the Season• Beneficial Insect Plantings• Pastured Poultry• Mushrooms• Beekeeping
  9. 9. Communication• Facebook –• Accokeek Website• NO VOICEMAIL PLEASE!• Use Cell Number and Email•• Becky’s cell: 301-247-0848 – call when someone is looking for us! Meg’s role: -Take CSA phone questions and payments -Field Notes preparation -General administrative support for CSA
  10. 10. Worktrades at the Ecofarm 2013• Greeters at CSA pickups - 2 positions available - Tuesday and Friday greeters needed, to act as a liaison between farm staff and CSA members, help with checking off members and answering any questions about the produce that week.• Ecosystem Farm Gardener - one position available - This position is designed for a local gardener to help us with the maintenance of our perennial herbs and flower beds as well as occasional work in our orchard.• Field Notes Editor - one position available - This position was created to help us with our weekly publication of the CSA newsletter Field Notes. Someone with creative vision and an interest in digital art would be ideal.• Tom - Mowing
  11. 11. Ecosystem Farm On-Farm Market• Open on Saturdays – 11 – 3?• Produce sold at retail prices• Open to all – tours also offered during this time• Still figuring out details
  12. 12. • Botany Study Group Instructor: Holly Poole-Kavana April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Aug. 26, Oct. 7, Nov. 4• April 4, 2013 - Accepting Federal Nutritional Benefits at Farmers Markets in DC and MD• April 20 from 10-2 Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Instructor - Holli Elliott• April 27 from 9-12 Respectful, Chemical Free Beekeeping 101 Instructor: Stefano Briguglio of Azure B LLC• April 27 from 1-4 - Walk in the Park Series - Wild Plant ID Instructor: Holly Poole-Kavana• Hooked on Fishing for Kids 8-15• May 13 from 5:00-7:00 pm Gardening With Dan Instructor: Daniel Michaelson May 20 from 6:30-8:30 - DIY Series - Tabletop Composting Instructor: Heidi Briguglio from Azure B LLC• June 13 from 10-12 Kids Plant Walk Instructor: Holly Poole-Kavana June 15 from 9-3 Fencing 101 Instructor: Polly Festa
  13. 13. • June 17 from 6:30-8:30 PM - DIY Series (Do It Yourself) - Natural Homemade Products for Home and Body June 24 9:00 to 11:00 am Cordage Making for Kids Instructor: Daniel Michaelson• July 13 Walk in the Park Series- Stargazing Instructor: Jennifer Marks Borinshansky Aug. 12 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon Primitive Archery Workshop Instructor: Daniel Michaelson• September 14 from 9-12 Walk in the Park Series: Mushrooms and Ecology Instructor Tovi Lehman September 16 5:00-7:00 pm Gardening With Dan Instructor: Daniel Michaelson• Sept. 21 - Harvest Festival -. September 30 6:30-9:00pm- DIY Series - Livestock 101• October 19 from 9-3 Livestock 102 Instructor: Polly Festa October 20 from 9-12 Folk Traditions in Herbalism Instructor: Molly Meehan• October 28 from 6:30-8:30 - DIY Series - The Family Cow Instructor - Polly Festa November 9 from 9-12 Raising Goats: Meat, Dairy, and Wool Instructor: Polly Festa• November 23 (Time TBD) Solar Power and Your Farm/Homestead Instructor: (Names) of SolarTech of Southern Maryland December 14 from 12-4 - Green Crafters Holiday Fair