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Fresh, Affordable, and Farm-Friendly: JHU CSA

Click here to sign up – see details below!

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CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s like a produce subscription service. Members sign up for a share and then get weekly deliveries of fresh, delicious produce at a designated pickup site. This CSA includes about 8 items/week of seasonal, local produce which is chosen by the farm. One share will typically feed a 3-4 person household every week. Click here for FAQ.

The Farm

Our CSA partners with One Straw Farm, the largest organic farm in Maryland. Drew and Joan Norman have lovingly tended One Straw since 1983. They aim to provide their CSA members with the highest quality Food Alliance Certifiedproduce. One Straw is located in White Hall, MD about 40 miles North of Baltimore City.

Joan and Drew Norman http://www.onestrawfarm.com/about-us/

Why Join?

By joining this CSA you will be: supporting local farmers and the local economy, protecting the environment, improving your health and expanding your diet. With a pickup site at the Homewood campus this CSA is an affordable, convenient way to buy directly from a farm. Buying through a CSA ensures freshness and diversity as produce is harvested at its seasonal peak.

DETAILS

Where: Weekly Pickups will be at Charles St. Market (corner of N. Charles Street and 34th Street)

When: Mondays 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Duration: June 5th to November 13th

Price:  FULL SHARE  (8 items): $680 for 24 weeks of produce ($28/week), HALF SHARE (4 items): $360 for 24 weeks of produce ($15/week)

Our CSA accepts rolling signups; new members can sign-up anytime and begin collecting vegetables the following Monday.

*FALL SEMESTER ONLY OPTION* Sign up between September 3rd and September  9th to receive fresh vegetables deliveries for 10 weeks during the fall semester. The total cost of this option is $280 for the full share and $150 for the half share. Email realfoodhopkins@gmail.com with any questions.

Curious about the  size of a typical share? Check out our Facebook page!

SIGNUP HERE

  • Select “Full Share 2017” or “Half Share 2017” for membership type
  • Select “JHU Homewood” for Pickup Location
  • Complete the rest of the membership signup
  • Enjoy your first delivery of fresh produce on June 5th (or the Monday after you sign up)!

Still have questions? Email realfoodhopkins@gmail.com

Seedlings and Sweet Potato Slips for Spring

A couple weeks ago, Jennifer and I planted seeds in 8×4 trays. The seedlings are doing well and almost ready to plant them in the communal rows! We have at least one tray each of arugula, bok choy, eggplant, cilantro, lettuce, and two trays each of tomatoes, peppers, and kale.

Meanwhile, I experimented at home with growing sweet potato slips. I started off with a small Korean sweet potato I had saved from winter time, and I bought 3 types of organic sweet potatoes from Whole Foods for variety.

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From left to right, I had the Korean, Japanese, Jewel, and Garnet. The Jewel and Garnet were both Californian varieties. I labeled the Korean one non-organic because I can’t remember if it is or not, and I bought it at a store that doesn’t sell a ton of organic produce. Supposedly, organic sweet potatoes would work better as they shouldn’t be sprayed with anything to stop the potato from producing sprouts.

 

After several weeks, the Koreans did best by far, with four sprouts total coming up (I added an extra Japanese potato and threw out one of the halves because it started molding already).

So it has now been about a month since I placed these halves in water, and we are down to: two halves of a Korean potato with four sprouts, each a couple inches long, and one tiny sprout just coming up; two halves of a Garnet potato with three good looking sprouts less than an inch long; one half of a Jewel potato with one small sprout less than an inch long. I quarantined the one Garnet potato which is molding like crazy. Much less than the 16-20 sprouts I was aiming for, but hopefully they will do well in our garden anyway!

Thanks for reading,

– Rica

 

Garden Lessons at the BJP

This summer, we had the pleasure of hosting two groups of potential gardeners at The Blue Jay’s Perch. We shared fun and informative afternoons with two groups of 2nd to 4th graders from summer camps at the Waverly YMCA.

It was great to see so many kids with already established interests in the plants, gardening and the varieties and fruits and vegetables they encounter regularly. A tour of the garden brought out sounds of recognition (cucumbers! strawberries!) mixed with fear (bees!); we are delighted to teach and learn from kids so eager get involved in the activities we had chosen for our sessions. We used illustrated posters to accompany our hands-on learning in the garden; needless to say we had many helpful volunteers willing to hold up the posters!

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During our first session we covered the six major plant parts and each of their functions. The scavenger hunt that followed allowed several of the kids to identify and draw the plant parts they had learned. Next came a brief lesson on two kinds of seeded plants and the different methods of seed dispersal. Having learned about seeds, we moved on to a planting activity. We planted tomato, cucumber seedlings, beans and carrot seeds. We began our second session with the topic of harvesting through recalling familiar crops harvested in each season here in Maryland. We then learned about some important animal species often found in soil that contribute to the biodiversity and overall health of the soil. The kids were amazed by the fact that earthworms have five “hearts.” We then spoke about the composition of soil, its purpose, and how the term “soil” differs from “dirt.” We showed them how they can use a mason jar to measure the ratio of silt, salt, and clay in their soil and reminded them of the importance of organic matter in gardening/farming soil.

It was very hot both days, so drinks were in order: lemonade that we infused with mint harvested from the garden. Some kids felt a little uncomfortable about mint leaves floating around in their cups, but for the most part, they enjoyed the taste. So much so that just about the whole group wanted to harvest some mint themselves to take home to their family. The kids also enjoyed a tasting of green onions and (more) mint. The chocolate mint was a hit! Some had never tasted green onion and were pleasantly surprised. A couple even took some home with them.

Our sessions concluded with everyone helping to water the plots. Once the hose came out, many of the kids took advantage by letting themselves get soaked, making for a happy and cool closure to our lessons.

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-Hans, Amélie, and Raychel

7th Annual Race to Embrace Independence 5K Run and Walk!

Our summer season has been fantastic thus far. In the past month we have harvested: cherries, strawberries, dinosaur kale, lettuce, beets, radishes, snow peas, and various herb! We have established weekly volunteer days on Saturdays from 10 am to noon and the turnout has been excellent. The involvement from community members this season has been especially strong.

One of our community partners is Marian House. Marian House offers high quality rehabilitative services and housing to women and their children. Marian House provides these women with the support and resources necessary to achieve their goals and become fully independent.

To help fund its initiatives, Marian House will be hosting the 7th Annual Race to Embrace Independence 5K Run and Walk on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 at Lake Montebello in Baltimore. Please mark your calendars and join the women of Marian House for this fun event! Every dollar raised helps Marian House women and their families rebuild their lives.

Registration is OPEN NOW! Visit www.marianhouse.org/5k for more information. 

SEE YOU AT THE LAKE!

JHU Homewood CSA: Fall 2015

Get fresh, organic vegetables weekly and help support a local farm: Join our JHU Homewood CSA!

The second annual CSA @Homewood kicks off this June! Continue reading to learn more and signup to become a member today.

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What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s like a produce subscription service. Members sign up for a share and then get weekly deliveries of fresh, delicious produce at a designated pickup site. This CSA includes about 8 items/week of seasonal, local produce which is chosen by the farm. One share will typically feed a 3-4 person household every week. Click here for FAQ.

The Farm

Our CSA partners with One Straw Farm, the largest organic farm in Maryland. Drew and Joan Norman have lovingly tended One Straw Farm since 1983. They aim to provide their CSA members with the highest quality Food Alliance Certified produce. One Straw is located in White Hall, MD about 40 miles North of Baltimore City.

Why Join?

By joining this CSA you will be: supporting local farmers and the local economy, protecting the environment, improving your health, and expanding your diet. With a pickup site at the Homewood campus, this CSA is an affordable, convenient way for Hopkins affiliates to buy directly from a farm. Buying through a CSA ensures freshness and diversity as produce is harvested at its seasonal peak.

Details

Where: Weekly Pickups will be at Charles St. Market

When: Mondays 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Duration: June 8th to November 16th

Price: $27/week

(See the signup link below for the current price)

8+ items/week

A typical share: 1 bunch of red chard, 6 corn, 1 bag of tomatillo, 1 red cabbage, 6 Japanese eggplant, 5 pimiento, 6 cucumber, Chrysanthemum greens, 1 romaine lettuce. All for only $25!!!

A typical share: 1 bunch of red chard, 6 corn, 1 bag of tomatillo, 1 red cabbage, 6 Japanese eggplant, 5 pimiento, 6 cucumber, Chrysanthemum greens, 1 romaine lettuce. All for only $27!!!

 Check out this video to see a CSA in action at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

SIGNUP HERE

  • Select “Full Share 2015” for membership type
  • Select “JHU Homewood” for Pickup Location
  • Complete the rest of the forms
  • Enjoy your first delivery of fresh produce the following Monday!

Still have questions? Email realfoodhopkins@gmail.com

YOU ARE INVITED: 4th Annual Spring Kickoff Party!

Join us Sunday, May 3 from 12-2pm to celebrate Spring and the end of the semester!

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This event is free and op sen to the community! All-natural hot dogs and sunflower seed butter/jelly sandwiches will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or drink to share for the POTLUCK PICNIC. Please also bring a picnic blanket or chairs.

All plates, napkins, utensils, and cups will be provided. All the material used at the garden party will be compostable, so please do not bring outside materials (such as plastic or paper plates). 

RSVP @ our Facebook event and invite your friends!!!

Don’t know where the BJP is? Check out our Google map location.

Don’t know how to get to the garden? – Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! A group of students and other Hopkins affiliates will be meeting in front of the Subway at 33rd st. (across from Barnes and Nobles) at 11:50 am to walk over to the garden!

Email JHUcommgarden@gmail.com with any questions or concerns!

Community Green Resource Network: Upcoming Events!

Cultivate Baltimore, a urban agriculture workshop series, is coming up in April!

Details and registration at www.realfoodfarm.org/cultivate-baltimore
Check out these workshops:
1. Farming In The City: Land, laws, and community

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 – 9 pm [FB link]

Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 21213

Featuring Abby Cocke of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Becky Witt of the Community Law Center, and Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm.

2. Farming Concrete: The science and practice of growing in urban soils
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 – 9 pm [FB link]
Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 21213
Featuring Cheryl Carmona of Boone St. Farm, Rufus Cheney of the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service, and Brent Kim of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
3. Cultivate Baltimore! Hands-On Urban Agriculture Workshops
Saturday, April 25, 10 am – 4 pm. [FB link]
Real Food Farm, 2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 21213
Hands-on agriculture training for backyard growers, community gardeners, and urban market farmers. Workshops include: container gardening, flower farming, keeping produce fresh after harvest, gardening with youth, from seed to transplant, enriching your soil with compost.