Soil is the key….
Is 1 bird per square metre 'free range'? Is no grass / insects to feed on the way you want your chickens treated? Here at BurraBee Farm we have about 7 chickens to the hectare, or to put it another way, almost 1,500 square metres per chicken. That's about 4 times more area than the standard block size for a family in Googong!!! What does free range mean to you?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's an exclusive membership that provides you with what we hope will be plenty of fresh, seasonal, locally grown vegetables from our small farm to your home. Your membership fees are put towards planning, planting, growing and harvesting vegetables throughout the seasons.
When you become a BurraBee Farm (BBF) CSA member we will aim to give you a delicious crate of vegetables ready for you and your family to enjoy each week. We currently have two CSA memberships available - Spring and Summer. Here's an idea of the variety of vegetables that we will be planting and growing for the CSA's.
- Raw Honey
A BBF CSA membership is just like a magazine membership but instead of paper you are getting something so much better, fresh vegetables!
You can choose one or both of the BBF CSA's. The BBF Spring CSA is from October to December 2016, and the BBF Summer CSA is from January to March 2017. Your CSA membership means you will receive a crate of delicious, nutrient dense seasonal vegetables each week of your nominated membership(s).
Collection is easy.
- We can deliver your delicious vegetables for a nominal fee ($10 - day yet to be determined) within Canberra and Queanbeyan.
- You can collect your BBF CSA from one of the markets we attend; or
- You may be interested in becoming a drop off and collection point for BBF CSA's and receive a discount on your CSA membership. This is an important task which we hope will also bring our membership group together providing more opportunity to get to know each other. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming drop off and collection point in your area by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a BBF CSA member you will be allocated two crates with your name on it. The idea is that you will always bring back the previous week's crate when you pick up your vegetables. We'll use the crate to keep track of what you like and don't like. That way we may be able to give you more of your favourites and less of what you really dislike. We won't remove them altogether but we can try. If you do receive something in your CSA that you really don't like then please share with a family member, friends or even strangers. It might just be their favourite vegetable!
Learning from each other
As we grow and learn from our first BBF CSA we'll get to know the types of vegetables that you like or would like to see us grow and you'll learn about the types of vegetables that grow well in our area. The weather will be the deciding factor in each of the seasons. Some vegetables may be ready to pick earlier or later than they would normally, or we may find that we try something new that you'll take a little while to warm to. Getting to know each other will be grand.
We also encourage you to get to know other BBF CSA members, they can be a great source of cooking inspirations, vegetable swaps and it builds our community. We will also arrange an on farm long table feast. It's a way for BurraBee Farm to say thank you for your support, encouragement and understanding. It's a time for us to relax, enjoy each others company and build our friendship.
But how will you know if a BBF CSA is right for you?
If you answer 'yes' to at least three of the questions below, then we think our BBF CSA's might be just what you are looking for.
- Do you like the idea of supporting a local small farm?
- Are you interested in eating nutritious dense local and seasonal vegetables?
- Is it important for you to understand where your fresh vegetables are grown and come from?
- Are you interested in talking to the farmer about how their vegetables are grown?
- Is it important to you that you are buying fresh vegetables that grown using chemical free and natural practices?
- Do you love fresh vegetables?
How to become a member
As we mentioned earlier membership is limited to only a few people. It's out first year, we want to make sure we have you eating delicious and fresh vegetables in no time. We have a few options for you to consider.
1. Decide on one or both of the BBF CSA memberships
- Spring - October to December 2016
- Summer - January to March 2017
2. Choose one of the following
- BBF CSA to feed four people
- BBF CSA to feed two people
3. After deciding which membership options best suit you click on the options below to take you to the BurraBee Farm online checkout.
BBF Spring CSA - family of four - $625 (equals $48 per week)
BBF Spring CSA - family of two - $313 (equals $24 per week)
BBF Summer CSA - family of four - $575 (equals $45 per week)
BBF Summer CSA - family of two - $288 (equals $23 per week)
We are very happy to answer any further questions you may have about the BBF CSA's. We hope you are encouraged to participate in our memberships to receive fresh local and delicious vegetables each week.
- Membership for the BBF Spring CSA's close on 11 September 2016.
- Membership for the BBF Summer CSA's close on 1 December 2016.
t's time to build COMMUNITY! Why, because 'no man is an island' and because it's another piece of the produce model that we would like to give to you.
What is COMMUNITY? It's about sharing, sharing our produce and our reasons for doing what we do and why we do it. It's about hearing your stories, why you choose our produce, what you do in your day to day lives and how we can help each other strive for bigger and better things.
Compost = Community. The formula to build compost is just like the formula to build a thriving community.
The ingredients for fabulous vitamin rich compost are green (grass clippings, vege scraps, eggshells etc.) and brown (straw, twigs, dry leaves) materials as the main ingredients, add oxygen and water and you have the perfect environment to break down the main ingredients into something that is truly magical.
What ways would you like to connect with BurraBee Farm, and how can we connect with you?
Where's the content?
Today's newsletter is a little (lot!) shorter than the usual. We've had a super busy week catching up after being away at the Deep Winter Agrarian gathering and attended a new market in Turner on Saturday, a big thanx to all the new faces we met and to Patrick from Sly Fox Coffee for putting on an awesome day.
Even on a cold day the sun can still cause sunburn if you're out for long periods in the garden. Days like today are a prime example. Always remember to Slip, Slop, Slap; keep yourself covered and be sure to wear a wide brimmed hat.
Orders are open for this weeks harvest bag. The goodies included this week are...
12 Eggs Warrigal Greens (bag) Broccoli Salad Leaf Mix (bag)
Brussels Sprouts (12) Brown Onion (4) SilverBeet (bunch) White Cabbage (half)
All for only $40 - Order online on the website or message us on Facebook, pickup at the Farmers and Foodies market on Friday - you might have to look for us because we've been told we'll be in a new position for this week only.
We'll be back to normal with lots more content and pictures and everything else - and maybe even a rundown at what we got to learn at the Deep Winter Agrarian gathering.
As we approach the last month of winter we're assessing, obsessing and planning. It seems like time is getting away from us as we lead into the busy Spring and Summer seasons. We know, however, that time hasn't gotten any quicker it's just that we're assessing time prospectively - what did we achieve/do today, and retrospectively - what did we achieve/do last week/month. Time hasn't changed at all! It's us, we've changed, we've learnt something new, we've adapted, or we've followed our daily routines.
This month has been full to the brim. The changing season brings a fresh start to new winter seedlings and the progression of our second market garden patch. We've met amazing customers at markets, and while out and about. We have wonderful supportive for our Harvest bags, and with that support have raised $140 for the Give a Fork campaign. I sound like a broken record sometimes but the support we receive from our customers ensures we can continue to grow and produce food for you and the local region. That's inspiring and we thank you.
Where you will find us this week...
We'll be at the Farmers and Foodies market on Friday, 22 April 2016. A new farmers market at the Kingston Foreshore between 3pm - 7pm. Why not get your weekly shop on a Friday night, it's a great location and there are a variety of farmers and producers to choose from. For more information about the market check out our Facebook post for details.
We'll also make deliveries to our Queanbeyan Harvest Bag customers on Saturday.
In the garden...
The tomatoes have almost finished and we are preparing the beds for the next crop. This is what we are up to in our garden patch...
First, if there are any tomato plants still in the ground with unripe fruit on them, we've pulled them out and hung them upside down on our fence. The stress on the plant forces the fruit to ripen, and the remaining goodness in the stems is focused on the fruit.
Now it's time to prep the bed. For us this means adding a layer of compost, a touch of bio-fert, a quick once over with the rotary hoe and then double digging the bed (digging down approx 600mm). If you're not into double digging then after the rotary hoe you can loosen the subsoil with a broadfork.
A soil test to determine the soils PH is required after a long summer growing season. The test allows us to perform any corrective actions to keep our market garden soil delicious and nutritious for vegetable growing. We give our garden beds a light rake to dress them ready for planting out seedlings and seeds.
What we're planting at the moment. We use the Root - Fruit - Leaf - Legume rotation cycle. For example in the beds where tomatoes were grown, we are now growing a leaf crop. For those beds waiting to be planted out, we cover to reduce/stop weeds growing, and also give the soil a quick tickle with the rake again when we're ready to plant.
The Give a Fork! campaign, put together by Sustainable Table, kicks off on 1 April and we're going to get Drop Dead #grexy (sexy greenie).
It's a fun and important campaign that is close to our heart. We hope through this campaign that we generate vibrant and productive conversations on fair food, ethical production, food for health and sustainable growing habits. Sustainable Table says that 30% of our personal eco-footprint is embodied in the food we buy or consume, and by changing the way we eat will change the world!