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Eden's Garden CSA Farm

(Balch Springs,TX)

CSA NEWS! Accepting applications for our CSA's fall/winter season. Sign up for 2013-14 farm year, Oct - July. We broke ground in the fall of 2008 and here we are heading into year 6! Please go to our website (see link below) and sign up for the CSA info letter on the CSA page for up to date details and application, share pricing, etc. Traditional CSA Model practiced here. This is beyond a "pre-pay for your food" co-op type farm and NONE of our food is imported or bought from a wholesaler. Everything is grown using sustainable "non-certified organic" methods and non-gmo. We work hard to work with nature, not against it and to restore and leave the soil in better condition than we found it. We use renewable energy and a rain-filled natural pond to irrigate, not city water, and we limit our use of fossil fuels as much as possible. We grow our own and work with other local farms that share our sustainable farming philosophies to offer you only the best, local sustainably grown produce, dairy and pastured eggs and meats. (Dairy, eggs and meats extra - avail by order.) We are a community of families that share in the farm's ups and downs, benefits and, through annual membership fees, commitments, that make this urban farm possible. One of our goals is to increase our yields to better serve the S/E Dallas county area's food desert through our on-farm market days and eventual market stand. Kids program, food prep and gardening classes, discounts on gardening products, access to the farm for your family and you-pick it for members only, and add ons of grass fed meats, eggs, dairy, etc. for CSA members. Know who grows your food and see where it comes from. Our CSA members come first when it comes to the harvest and we share any surplus, or failed crops that lack sufficient yield to share among the CSA, through our community market or area chefs, & donate to hungry families in our community. We divide the lion's share of the harvest between our CSA families each week it comes in with set goals for how much of each type of crop we strive to distribute. 6-8 different kinds of produce or herbs are generally offered. (The weather dictates much of a farm's successes or failures and seasonality of varieties.) We grow a variety of uncommon, open pollinated and heirloom fruits and vegetables and we swap links to recipes for some of the things you may not know how to prepare. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas on the edge of Southeast Dallas County, Eden's Garden CSA Farm - ENTERING OUR 6th YEAR THIS FALL! Get in on the ground floor of this growing farm! We are putting in fall crops now so let us know you're interested by going to the website and signing up for the info letter today! Go to http://www.edensorganicfarm.com/CSA.htm and sign up to receive info via email. Follow our progress, set backs and future plans on our blog. (edensfarm on blogspot) Annual commitment to the farm is requested, yet we make the share amount payable 3 times a year (or up front if desired). Eden's will grow, sustainably and naturally the bulk of your share and as we can, we round it out with other goods from fellow local farmers and producers who have the same determination to farm and ranch in a sustainable, responsible and healthful way, for items we don't grow/produce here at Eden's. Each year we plan to add more variety, including an edible forest, permaculture plantings of asparagus, artichoke, etc. Currently preparing to start fall crops and harvesting/distributing warm season veggies to our current supporters. I began as Certified Naturally Grown, following organic and sustainable practices under the watchful eye of fellow farmer/inspectors who helped me as I got started farming. Though I don't keep up with the paperwork and certification process anymore, I still work closely with fellow farmers and mentors as I continue to steward the land using nature as my guide - not synthetic chemicals - to grow, control pests and bothersome grasses and weeds. Your annual commitment heavily supports the farm's operation including labor, supplies, equipment, maintenance of equipment, as well as the seeds, fertilizers and other bills associated with the existence of a farm. While we have big hopes for Eden's in the future and are building relationships with our community all of the time, this is not an old, established farm that added CSA to their market mix, etc. We're doing it the other way around, supporting a new, small farm via CSA. One of our goals is to feed our community via CSA, on farm Market Days and self sustainability by teaching folks how to grow, store and prepare food. Classes form throughout the year on gardening, canning, cooking, nutrition, etc. CSA members general pay only for supplies needed for the class. Several farmers-in-training and work-share members can work alongside the head farmer which will enable us to grow more and expand in the future as well as plant seeds of local farming in other communities in the future. Pick up at the farm or sign up for delivery to a drop point in the White Rock Lake area. (for a small extra fee.) See what edible DFW says about CSA's and Eden's in their winter 2009-10 issue of Edible Dallas and Fort Worth. http://www.ediblecommunities.com/dallasfortworth/winter-2009/winter-2009-toc.htm School and Group farm tours available by appt. Please call 214-348-3336 or see our website for info.

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