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Join us May 7th for an evening on the farm!
We will be giving a farm tour and hosting an outdoor screening of FRESH the movie.

View the film trailer @ freshthemovie.com

The farm tour will start at 7:00 pm and the film will begin at 7:30 pm.
If you would like to attend, Please RSVP via:
Email: farmatkrautruncsa@gmail.com
– or –
Phone: 636-398-5465

Kids are welcome.  Bring a blanket!

In the event of poor weather conditions, we will setup the movie inside the barn.

Click HERE to join our mailing list or become an exclusive member of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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When you join our CSA you will get a LOT less…  trash that is.  When you pick up your weekly offering it is packed in a reusable box that you return when you pick up the next week’s offering.  No need to answer the “paper or plastic?” question.  With a little care the two boxes will last the entire season (maybe longer).  Inside the box your fresh produce is wrapped in compostable bags made from corn.  We will never shrink wrap, put stickers on or strap your food to a styrofoam board.  100% of the waste can be composted guilt free. Reducing the eco footprint of  food production and distribution while supplying high quality fresh local produce is what we are all about.  I would like to tell you about some of the other practices we employ and some of the products we have learned to do without over our time farming.

As anyone who has been on a field trip to our farm or taken one of my classes can tell you, organic farming is all about feeding the soil first.  We simply imitate and hasten the natural process of soil building by making and using our own compost.  Although you can make wonderful compost without animal manures we feel that the more diverse the ingredients in our compost the better it will be.  Our goats eat leaves from trees with roots deep in the soil.  The leaves are full of the trace minerals taken up by the roots and provide soil nutrition when we compost the goat’s manure.  We not only spread the compost on our garden beds, but it is also the main ingredient in our soil mix we use in the greenhouse.  Making and using our own compost eliminates a tremendous amount of fossil fuel that would be used in manufacturing, packaging, delivering and applying the necessary commercial fertilizer.

And, it doesn’t end there.  There are four components to our soil mix: compost, garden soil, vermiculite and peat moss.  We have the soil and the compost covered, and this year we have begun substituting rotted wood fiber for the peat moss in our mix. Click HERE to see why we made that choice.  When you consider the plastic packaging and fuel necessary to ship a bulky product like peat it’s a no-brainer.

Look behind any greenhouse operation and you will see a mountain of discarded plastic pots and trays (Hopefully they are waiting to be recycled, but sometimes not.)  Four years ago we eliminated the need for plastic containers all together by making soil blocks for seed starting.  Soil block making is as fun as playing with play dough and much earth friendlier.  The seeds are started in a small cube of soil and the cube is nested into a larger cube as the plant requires more root space.  Not only is there no plastic involved in the process, but you can make a better transplant to boot.

Even though by joining our CSA you will indeed be eating local food, reducing food miles is always a good thing.  To that end we may ask some of our members to carpool when they pick up their weekly boxes.

We hope you are all enjoying watching the spring thing happen.

Chris

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