Well, well, well. Is it safe to say winter is over? It is nearing the end of April and I shiver at the thought of further snow forecasts (we are expecting more here in Sackville!). But the crocuses are up and the seedlings are getting started. And now is a perfect time to go over some food-related resources – from CSA options to gardening tips – available to get you excited for the months ahead.
The ACORN website is a rich source of information available for gardeners and food lovers alike, and for whatever interests you, there are certainly plenty of resources to share. Such as…..
Many CSA farms are now taking orders for the season! For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a growing market for farmers, providing another great avenue for folks to get more acquainted with their local organic food producers. It involves a system through which customers sign up for a share in the farm at the beginning of the season, and receive a regular box of food from the farm, that may come weekly or bi-weekly. What fills these boxes depends on the season, and the type of CSA offered. Though many CSAs in the Maritimes are based with vegetables and fruit, there are also producers offering meat, fish, bread and full meal CSAs.
Check out the ACORN database to search for a full listing of CSAs in the Maritimes. Many of the farm websites are indicating their offerings for the season, and they are looking for your support!
It’s not too late to place your seed order! Whether you’ve got a few milk crates kicking around, (even some old rubber boots!), participate in your local community garden (or would like to develop one), or already have a large plot of land, you can certainly grow some delicious food to provide for yourself and others.
There are four primary – and fantastic – organic seed sources in the Maritimes that still have plenty of seeds available, but order now as they are going quick!
Annapolis Seeds (not certified)
Hope Seeds (ACO Certified)
Pumpkin Moon Farm (ACO Certified)
Veseys Seeds sells certified organic seed potatoes, garlic and seeds.
These farms all have online catalogues for you to peruse – with photos!
*FYI to our lovely local producers: there is a big market for certified organic seed potatoes that is in need of expanded supply! Many sources have already sold out for the season and certainly, for long-term planning these may be good to include in your business and growing plans!
If you are looking for some, Fred Dollar from Kentdale Organic Produce Inc. in PEI has just informed us that he’s got some available! See here for contact info.
Let’s be frank folks, Maritime weather ain’t consistent, and sometimes consistency is particularly necessary for small growing plants.
Certainly, having an accessible greenhouse can allow for some flexibility while you prep the earth for food growing! While there are some lucky folks that have found successful ways of maintaining local greens all through the dead of the winter, now’s a great time to consider affordable and simple ways to create your own. Chard, tomatoes and flowers (and many others!) can all be started up right now and the use of some window panes can be all that you need to build that necessary bit of shelter!
If you don’t have one, don’t fret! It’s not too difficult to establish. The ACORN website features several articles on greenhouse production (just type GREENHOUSE in our search directory) and there are plenty of resources available on how to create one affordably and easily (such as this).
So out with the old, and in with the new!
This is the season of new beginnings and there is never a wrong time to start learning about growing organic food!
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!
With love from,
The ACORN office.