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Information for all volunteer Staten Island CSA locally grown organic food
Information for all volunteer Staten Island CSA locally grown organic food


Hello Everyone, Happy Spring!
At least I hope it has arrived and it’s time to sing “Here Comes the Sun” because it was certainly a long hard lonely winter. As you may have expected we are off to a late start this season, due of course to the persistent cold and wet conditions. I managed to get some peas and spinach planted on April 14th and they have come up nicely. I was able to take advantage of some beds which had black plastic mulch remaining from last season, which helped to warm the soil. We have been planting onions and leeks for the past 2 weeks and are about 3/4 of the way through putting in about 80,000 plants.
About a week and a half ago I planted a lot of carrots and parsnips. With these I am still waiting for germination; they are always slow to emerge and more so with cold soil. Early this week, just ahead of the heavy rains, I seeded arugula, broccoli raab, turnips, radishes, beets and Swiss chard. We have also been very busy in the greenhouse since the middle of March and it is crammed full of plants waiting to be set out.
Today my crew planted 6,000 radicchio, escarole, endive and lettuce plants. In the week ahead we will be starting to plant the potatoes as well as transplanting broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower. May will be a hectic month since we are 2 weeks behind in planting the cool weather crops like the brassicas, and in another 2 weeks it will be time to start setting out the first of the tomatoes and eggplant. We have also started a lot of zucchini and summer squash in the greenhouse, which will be ready for transplanting in 10 days. These grow quickly and I hope to have some in the shares by the second week of deliveries. It is likely that the early shares will not be as bountiful as in the past couple of years but my crew and I are working hard and we will do our best to make up for it during the course of the season.
I hope to see many of you out here on the farm in the coming weeks for one of the volunteer work days or for the Farm visit picnic which is coming up on June 7th.
— Best Regards, Farmer John
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Lend a hand at the farm, you can work there instead of the distribution site. There are opportunities in June, July and August. See below and refer to the schedule page.
June 7th (Rain date June 8th) - Farm Visit- 11:00 AM.  
This will be a potluck picnic with grills available for folks to bring hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, etc. to cook. There will be tours of the fields at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. There is a u-pick strawberry farm nearby if folks would like to come early to pick strawberries for themselves. We will also try to recruit some volunteers to pick some for a shortcake dessert. More details will be provided as the date approaches.
Work parties and volunteer days: I know there are many people who would like to come out to lend a hand and I certainly can use the help. We will have 2 work parties in the spring, before deliveries begin. These will be major events when we will need as many hands as possible to assist in covering my 2 high tunnel greenhouses. On weekends both before and during the delivery season we will have volunteer days. These will be to help with transplanting, cutting up seed potatoes, and harvesting labor intensive crops like peas, and beans. 
For these volunteer days members should notify me directly by e-mail of their intention to attend. Please send me an e-mail during the week prior to the event and not weeks or months ahead.
Sunday, May 18, 10:00 am: Work Party at Good Hand Farm to cover High tunnel greenhouse #1. Members should meet at my house— 141 Brighton Rd. Andover, NJ 07821
If you arrive late, we will be working down the street at 110 Brighton Rd. You will see the greenhouse inside the deer fence, on the north side of the barn. Please do not enter the paved driveway between the house and the barn.  Bring gloves!
Saturday, May 24, 10:00 am: 2nd Work party at Good Hand Farm to cover high tunnel greenhouse #2. See info above for May 4. Bring gloves!
Volunteer days-—These will be on Sundays at 10 am (except 5/10)
Meet at 141 Brighton Rd., Andover, NJ
Saturday, May 10, 10 am: Help cut up seed potatoes and help with greenhouse transplanting.
Sunday, June 22 and June 29, 10 AM: Help with pea picking.
Sunday, July 6, 10 AM: Help with the garlic harvest.
Sunday, July 20 and 27: 10 AM - Help with bean picking.
Sunday, August 4, 10 AM: Help with onion harvest
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Hi Everyone, Just the facts this week folks. There will be some type of lettuce this week, most likely an heirloom romaine that is speckled with red called Forellenschlus (a mouthful I know, but so is the lettuce). Broccoli is coming in heavy (and pretty), so if you didn’t get it last week (a few did) you will probably receive it this week. Otherwise it will be kohlrabi.  On the pea front there are a lot more sugar snaps maturing now, so if you got shell peas last week… you know the drill.  We have radishes for those who got shorted last week and salad turnips for those who didn’t. The spinach is still abundant; we’re shooting for 2 bunches per share again.  In the mustard green class we have a 3 way choice tatsoi, broccoli raab, or arugula. For bitter greens it will be escarole or endive (frissee). The frissee can be mixed into salads; the escarole is more commonly cooked.  In herb land we have cilantro or dill. Summer squash is just starting- probably next week.
To recap: Lettuce, peas, broccoli/kohlrabi, frissee or escarole, radishes/ salad turnips, bok choy, broccoli raab or tatsoi or arugula,  spinach and  dill or cilantro.   Enjoy!     Farmer John
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