The 12th season of Tuv Ha’Aretz (“good for the earth” and “good from the earth” in Hebrew) will begin May 18th. Our local partner Red Wagon Farm will provide 23 weeks of delicious, wholesome veggies through October 21st.
Pick-ups are scheduled from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm on Tuesdays at Congregation Nevei Kodesh or on Thursdays at the Boulder JCC. Red Wagon will be respecting current Covid-19 safety guidelines as recommended by CDC, FDA, Boulder County Public Health, and others.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides an opportunity for members of a community to partner with a farm to help ensure that the farmer has funds to pay for up-front expenses such as seeds, equipment, and labor. The crops are then harvested and divided among the CSA members. Red Wagon has taken measures to minimize the risk to CSA members relating to a poor season, and has provided full shares for us to enjoy for each of the last 12 years.
Tuv Ha’Aretz is a distinct and special part of the Red Wagon CSA. Farmer Amy Tisdale described the relationship in an October 2020 blog: “The most important part of the partnership between Red Wagon and Tuv Ha’Aretz has been the connection. We value each and every one of our CSA members, but for the most part we have individual connections with CSA members. Our connection with Tuv Ha’Aretz members is different. It is really valuable for Red Wagon to have the support of a whole community who shares values–even if it is just moral support sometimes! I also know I can reach out to the Tuv Ha’Aretz community if our farm needs anything. There’s also been a personal connection between me and Wyatt and so many of our Tuv Ha’Aretz members and we’ve come to know many of you as friends.”
Joining Tuv Ha’Aretz is a great way to deepen your connection to where your food comes from. You can also reduce your carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. Red Wagon Farm uses its own veggie waste as well as other local organic waste material to make compost to add back into its soil, and it minimizes its off-farm inputs.
This year Red Wagon was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Boulder County Sustainable Food and Agriculture to buy farm equipment to help with winter root crop production (carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, parsnips, rutabagas). The goal is “to dramatically increase our production of winter root crops for our CSA members, local restaurant customers, and wholesale customers. We need to improve our entire process which begins with improving soil health and goes all the way through to distributing the produce.”
CSA share options include: Regular Veggie Share $896, Biweekly Veggie Share $467, Large Veggie Share $1,282. You can also sign up for fruit, eggs, coffee, or mushroom shares. When you purchase a share (or even if you don’t purchase a share!) you can give Tzedakah to various funds at Red Wagon: Sharing the Harvest, Farm Worker Support, and Red Wagon Supporter.