We regret that there is no CSA option available in 2021. We are a small family farm. Jim Sr. has had some health challenges recently, and Rose has an immune disorder that makes it difficult to bring on additional labor, without exacerbating her condition. So, while we hope to be in a better situation eventually, we had to make the difficult decision not to continue with the CSA this year. We will continue to sell our produce at the Columbia Farmer’s Market and supply our local restaurant customers.
…and so will the town of Marshall. Parking fees will be $20 per car. See Marshall’s total eclipse website for details.
Come to a special Field Day and Farm Tour, 4:00-6:00 PM on Tuesday May 16th (rain date: May 17, also 4-6). Meet your full-time Missouri organic farmers and also hear from Dr. Zelalem Mersha and Martha O’Connor of Lincoln University, about how organic farmers can attain biological control of soil-borne diseases in high tunnels – without harmful chemicals.
R.S.V.P.’s are not required, but they are appreciated – call or text Jim Thomas, 660-886-3936 for more information or to RSVP.
This free field day and tour is a Research and Outreach Project organized by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Share-Life Farms is in need of some immediate assistance, planting onions and digging up potatoes. We’d love to build up a pool of volunteers, for short, high-intensity periods like this.
Also, we’ve lost our full-time farmhand, so we are also looking to hire someone to work for us this spring and summer, maybe full time if it works out, with spring/summer work in the fields, fall/winter work in the hoop house. Because we’re organic, you won’t have to suffer from toxic pesticides sprayed on our fields. Soon-to-be MU grads or others with an interest in organic farming, this is something to think about – if you can join us before graduation, it’ll probably increase your chances to be hired for summer.
For all organic farmers and those who want to learn to farm organically, YOUR conference is coming up, January 26-27, 2017.
Meet the “World-Wide Organic Winners” along with an excellent list of speakers, at the MOA Conference at the Kansas City Sheraton at Crown Plaza, Kansas City, MO. The daily program agendas are available on the conference website.
The hotel has extended its discounted room rate of $119 per night (plus taxes), so call 816-841-1000. Dial 0, ask for “In-house Group Reservations” and tell them your are registering for the MOA conference. And of course, be sure to register.
“It’s not the amount of rain – it’s that it rains every day.” That is why CSA customers are mainly getting potatoes, onions and kale (and some peppers and cukes from the hoop houses) lately, instead of green beans, okra and cabbage, says Jim Jr.. “We’ve got the corn planted, but we’re not sure what’s going to happen with it.” So much depends on getting some sunny days between rainfalls – just a few days without rain will let the summer vegetables thrive. If it doesn’t rain on your 4th of July picnic, get ready to make some Purple Potato Salad with our Majestic Purple potatoes. And about that kale: one of our customers’ husband doesn’t like kale. Or at least he didn’t, until he tried Creamed Kale. Now, he can’t get enough of that vegetable!