Community Growers CSA

Community Growers has inaugurated Milwaukee’s first roof-top farm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLsAUS86J7E

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/ErikLindberg

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/CommunityGrowers/HomePage

We are now offering a limited number of CSA shares for 2009…
$800 per share.

Our weekly shares will be comprised of a full range of vegetables and herbs grown on the Community Building and Restoration building on N. Palmer St., just south of Capitol. These will be the freshest vegetables available.

Dinner Time!

This farm is part of our environmental project “to green” our urban landscape and bring the local production of food as close to home as possible. Our organically-grown produce will have virtually no embedded carbon in its production. We eagerly invite you to support this exciting project with your subscription and need community support in order to succeed.

Imagine the Possibilities

This year’s subscription will cost $800. Because of our limited space and the unique nature of our endeavor, the cost of our shares may be on the high end for local CSAs, but we hope to offset this additional cost with a longer season, due to our ability to erect a greenhouse over our planting area at the beginning and end of the growing season. As of November 5th, we were still harvesting tomatoes and peppers, broccoli and cauliflower, as well as a host of greens and root vegetables; as of January 1, we are still harvesting Kale, Spinach, Arugula, and Lettuce. We expect a 35 week season and hope for a 40 week.

Still growing on November 5

World’s First Rooftop CSA Farm!

Godsil,

Wow - we’re all amazed at this here - just had loads of people crowding around the computer. This is exactly what we want to see happening in London. I think it’s possibly the first rooftop CSA in the world. I’ve started to spread the word….

Ben

Ben Reynolds
Network Director
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming
94 White Lion Street
London, N1 9PF
Tel: 020 7837 1228
Fax: 020 7837 1141
Email: ben@sustainweb.org
Web: www.londonfoodlink.org

Check out Sustain’s new Sustainable Food Guidelines: 7 top tips for eating well and saving the planet! :: http://www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefood/ ::
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For more information and an introductory sample of our delicious veggies, please email Erik Lindberg at artisan1@milwpc.com

Greenhouses/Winter Growing

By creating a hoop house within a homemade greenhouse/larger-hoop-house system, I was able to extend my harvest of greens to Jan 1st and then start harvesting again in Early February. I was also able to start transplanting broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, onions, etc. in early February, and Tomatoes in Early March. This was without a regular heat source, though I did run a heater a few times in March when I had stuff established and had some very cold nights.

With this set up, I had day time temps as high as 100 degrees, with night time temps dipping close to outside temp, though warmer in and at soil level. Next winter I’m going to try to heat with compost. If I weren’t on a roof, I’d use water filled barrels as a heat sink.

See The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman.

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