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Volunteer with CBF to plant trees this fall

There are two volunteer days coming up this fall planting trees with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  The trees are grown at Clagett Farm, and then planted by volunteers in other parts of the state.  With your help, these trees should prevent soil and other pollution from washing into the streams they are planted beside.  Contact the organizer, Marcy Damon, if you are interested.  Details below:

Sunday, October 25, 2009
10 am – 2 pm
South River Greenway Reforestation Project
Anne Arundel County
Crownsville, MD
Volunteers will plant over 1,200 trees to restore 4 acres along the headwaters of Bacon Ridge Branch within the South River Greenway.  Partners include the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, South River Federation and funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the DNR Landowner Incentive Program. Dress for the weather, equipment and refreshments provided. To register, send your complete contact information to Marcy Damon at 443-482-2156 or email

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009
9 am – 1 pm
Stream Buffer Planting and In-Stream Restoration
Little Catoctin Creek watershed (Frederick County)
Myersville, MD
Help plant 700 native trees, shrubs and live stakes in this tributary in the Catoctin Creek watershed. This planting is the last phase of a stream restoration project. Learn about in-stream habitat enhancement and erosion protection techniques. Partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Town of Myersville, Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance, Trout Unlimited and the Highlands Action Program. Dress for the weather, equipment and refreshments provided.  To register, send your complete contact information to Marcy Damon at 443-482-2156 or email

Last share is Nov. 10 & 14, Gleaning begins Nov 20

After this week, we expect to have four more shares.  We try hard to make sure our CSA gives out 26 weeks of produce, which is uncommonly long for a CSA in this region (other than those offering winter shares).  You're getting good value for your money! 

Our last pick-ups will be Tuesday November 10th and Saturday November 14th.  The weekend before Thanksgiving (beginning November 20th) we open up the fields for you to harvest anything that remains.  We will post on this blog a list of what's available, and set up signs in the fields to help you find the crops you are looking for.  Generally, you can expect it to be more of whatever was in your last share. 

Speaking of last shares, we are expecting to continue offering lots of salad and cooking greens from the brassica family.  It's curious to us why we had such an abundance of lettuce in the spring versus an abundance of spicy mix in the fall, since we planted lots of both for each season.  Farming is a fickle business! 

In addition to greens, you'll be seeing some daikon and watermelon radishes, and a modest amount of sweet potatoes.  This is a great time to try new ideas for salad.  For example, some dried fruit and a sweet or creamy salad dressing can be the perfect balance for a spicier salad green.  No need to add pepper!

The last few years we've had trouble with our winter squash, including pumpkins.  Most conventional growers use frequent applications of fungicide to deal with the various mildews and disease that strike plants in the cucurbit family.  Since that is not one of the tools we use, we are considering using a wider plant spacing for better air circulation, and some floating row cover on the plants until they start to flower.  That might at least give us a head start on the disease, so we are more likely to offer a jack-o-lantern to everyone next year.  Every year is a new experiment.  

Enjoy the wonderful fall weather!

Your farmer,


Grow A Row-- local gardeners donate extras to those in need

Another update from the Capital Area Food Bank on their new program, Grow a Row.

Hi, it’s Anika from the Capital Area Food Bank. 

For those of you who do your own vegetable growing, I want to let you know about a new program my department just launched.  It’s called Grow A Row, and it aims to connect gardeners like you with your neighborhood social programs (food pantries, soup kitchens, childcare programs).  We’re asking gardeners to grow an extra row for the less fortunate in the DC Metro area.  As it might be too late to plant an extra row, you can also donate your excess harvest, rather than gifting your neighbors with bags of zucchini.

  Fresh produce is an essential component of a healthy diet, but is not frequently donated to soup kitchens or food pantries due to its perishable nature.  Grow A Row is an excellent opportunity to bridge community, build relationships, and provide people of low income with access to fresh, local produce.  If you’re interested in participating, or for more information email Anika Roth and Jody Tick at

or call (202)526-5344.  Happy gardening!