We would like to start by saying WOW! We've had an amazing response for our first year running a CSA. We are 75% of the way full! There are still 15 spots available so please, help us spread the good word! Word of mouth is the best way to help us grow our farm and reach more people like you. Please share the link, forward this email and encourage interested friends, family and neighbours to sign up for their box of fresh veggies!
How to sign up? First read our website and call us if you have any questions. Then go to the link below, fill in the sign up form and make your payment.
Where can you find us? We offer home delivery as well as three pick up locations on Sundays (Highland Lakes, Miami Shores and Coconut Grove). We will also be at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood every Saturday and Sunday from November 17 thru May 2019. Either way, you will always receive just harvested fresh produce.
Now some updates from the farm!
Many thanks to our members for trusting and supporting us on this journey, these are some of the things that you helped us jump start.
Our farm is located in Homestead, FL and the name Tiny Farm was given to it because for the past two years all we were cultivating was our large backyard, so it was indeed a tiny farm. When we embarked on this adventure full-time and started our CSA program, we realized we would need more land to be able to grow food for 50 families. So we started talking to people in the area and were lucky enough to meet Debra Iglesias at a small farmers meet up. Debra has been connecting small farmers with city customers for the better part of a decade, she comes out to small farms and buys our produce which she then sells to city folk and restaurants, she does an amazing service for the farming community. Anyways, Debra connected us with a beautiful family 10 minutes down the road from us, who own a piece of land and had some acreage that wasn't being used. We meet them and the rest is history, the Chavez family have been such an important part of our journey and now we have one additional acre of land over there at "La Tierra" where we have our nursery, rows of veggies and soon our chickens will be moving there to open up space here at our backyard for more rows of veggies. Check out this photo from last weekend's volunteer party where a few of Sarah's friends came over and helped us shape one section of our backyard plot.
Our new nursery is up and running and starting to burst in greens. This is perhaps the most important piece of infrastructure on the farm, it allows us to grow seeds into strong seedlings protected from the elements like full sun, wind and torrential downpours (which are common this time of year). This project has been an adventure, first we drove up to a small town in the middle of nowhere in Gerorgia to pick it up (amazing greenhouse company though, it's called Atlas Greenhouse if you ever need a greenhouse) and then we built it ourselves! It was nerve-wracking, it took us a whole week of long days but we did it. The size of the nursery is 20x42 feet, so not a huge one but hopefully big enough to carry us through this season at least.
The Seeding Room
Did you know Roberto's great grandfather was a carpenter? Well he was and Roberto seems to carry the torch. He built this cute little room last week and we couldn't be more excited about it, now we have a place to plant our seeds but also somewhere to store all our tools, fertilizers and also have somewhere to shelter when the sun gets too strong.
We've been working in the fields too. Prepping the soil beds where plants will be sown, maintaining weeds under control, adding mulch to pathways and plot perimeters. Soil is the foundation of any healthy food system and we are slowly learning the ins and outs of this microbial kingdom, we are grateful that we can get our hands dirty every day out in the fields, even when the work gets hard, and it does get hard during these hot months. We have also just started to work on our irrigation system and we are a little late with that, but mother Earth is still giving us plenty of water in the month of October before the dry season gets a real hold and rains become scarce. More updates on fields and irrigation next month.
Wondering what plants are already growing in the fields and nursery? We are already growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, kale, cabagge, beets, greens and some herbs and flowers too. The season is just getting started and we can't wait to share the bounty with all of you this November.
A note on the seasons. This past September 22 was the Autumn Equinox. It was the last day of summer and the first day of autumn. Nights are getting longer and days shorter. Slowly but surely we start seeing a subtle change in temperature and precipitation. It's always important to honor these changes, to remember that not long ago we depended on them for our livelyhoods, without technology and distractions we only had pure connection. Let's connect with Mother Earth every time we can so we can learn to protect her.
Stay tuned for our next volunteer dates if you'd like to come out and get your hands dirty!
As you see, a farm is never boring and there are always tons of things going on. We work very hard day in and day out to make sure that our plants grow nice and healthy, we are learning to rise with the sun and also trying to go to bed early so we can make the most of the "cooler" weather in the mornings. With that being said, it's time for us to hit the sack.
A big thank you to all our members and community for your support.
Good food starts here.
Sarah and Roberto
P.S. Want to know what's happening at the farm? We are most active on Instagram and you can follow us there to stay up to date. We share posts and stories daily so you can see how your food is produced all the way through. Here's our account: https://www.instagram.com/_tinyfarm_/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tinyfarmmiami/