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Sophia Garden CSA

By: Judith Ryan    (Mar 8, 2010)

I had belonged to Sophia Gardens several years ago, and for various reasons I needed to discontinue my membership. I did stay connected to the farm community and one day during a visit I was drawn to the garlic. Rows and rows of beautiful, aromatic garlic. Lucky for me there were a few farm shares left, and I rejoined the next day.

Although I currently split my annual share with another member, each week I am happy to take home a bounty of delicious, healthy, organic vegetables for my family. Shares include, but are not limited to, eggplant, greens (chinese, kale, beet, swiss chard), greens beans, squash (green, yellow and butternut), and the occasional surprise of flowers from the garden, or one very special time, buffalo mozzarella cheese! Oh, my! We also had a very tasty supply of tomatoes (beefsteak, plum, cherry, and heirloom). You never would have known there was a tomato blight last summer.

Sophia Garden is truly supported by its community. Members are required to participate in farm activities; planting, tilling, harvesting, etc. If not for you, the Garden does provide the choice to pay a nominal fee to opt out of working the farm. Its my feeling that most members do not choose this option. I enjoy being a farmer if only for a couple of hours a week, and each time I participate in the farm I learn something new. The farm community is further enhanced with Winter Solstice and Fall Equinox festivals, and, an annual dinner dance fundraiser.

Sophia Garden is located on the beautiful and serene grounds of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Dominic. Embedded with the history of the Sisters, the grounds themselves have a very interesting story that is available on the internet and worth reading! For me the grounds provide tranquillity, stillness, and beauty like no other place.

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