Worker Share Program

DSCF2157In exchange for a Full CSA Share, Worker-Share Members at Sandbox Organics commit to working 16 weekly shifts on the farm over a 20-week period.  We ask that our Worker-Share members adhere to an agreed upon work schedule established between the member and farmer. They can expect to work together with the crew on seasonal tasks such as helping with seed-starting, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, packing CSA shares, or even staffing our market stands throughout the main season.

Participating as a Worker-Share Member allows individuals a unique way to be involved with Sandbox Organics. Please understand that farm work is challenging.

All Worker-Share Members will be required to meet with Farmer Yoram before the start-date of their position. This meeting is to clarify the duties of the position, sign the Worker-Share Agreement Form, and ask/answer any questions that the Worker-Share Member may have about the program.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Worker-Share Member at Sandbox Organics, please contact Yoram@SandboxOrganics.com

CSA Week 16! We did it!!!

I can hardly believe we really made it to the last week of the CSA!  That’s incredible!  We did it!  At any point until now we could have lost our crops to rabbits, weather conditions, or just run out of food and we would have said “Well, we tried”.  But the end of the CSA marks the finish line.  We set out to produce three households worth of fresh vegetables for 16 weeks in an urban backyard.  Now we can say we did it! (And some things are actually still growing)

I want to thank everyone who offered their kind support, and especially those of you who came out and volunteered this season.  You helped me plant seeds, till, harvest, document the process through pictures and spread the word.  You gave me feedback and encouragement.  You helped me transform the garden into a farm.  Thank you!

Week 16:

Photo: CSA week 16 (last one of the season ) has parsnips, cilantro, spicy salad mix (arugula, tatsoi, mizuna, mustard greens, baby kale, and beet greens), mixed bunch of French Breakfast and Easter Egg radishes with Hakurei turnips, collard greens, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes, Butternut squash, oregano, Japanese eggplant, chives and baby scallions, and celery!

Parsnips, cilantro, spicy salad mix (arugula, tatsoi, mizuna, mustard greens, baby kale, and beet greens), mixed bunch of French Breakfast and Easter Egg radishes with Hakurei turnips, collard greens, garlic, Yukon Gold potatoes, Butternut squash, oregano, Japanese eggplant, chives and baby scallions, and celery!

(not pictured: tomatoes)

CSA 15 and Fall Updates

Hey Y’all! CSA Week 15 has come and gone, and now we’re looking on to the last week of CSA ahead.  But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s see what Week 15 had in store:Photo: CSA Week 15: Butternut squash, red and white onions, dill, tomatoes, radishes, bok choy, hot peppers, Swiss chard, garlic, and thyme!

Butternut squash, red and white onions, fresh dill, tomatoes, French Breakfast radishes, bok choy, hot peppers, Swiss chard, garlic, and thyme!

It’s definitely getting chilly but thanks to our storage crops, and all the things still coming out of the ground, our shares are looking good!  For example, we harvested our entire onion crops weeks ago.  What have we been waiting for?  For them to cure of course!  Curing things like onions, garlic, potatoes, and winter squash increases their shelf life, naturally extending their seasonal availability.  After we pulled our onions out of the ground we left them in a room safe from rain and direct sun (which can cause rot and premature greening) until their foliage died back completely.  Then when we’re ready to use them all that’s left to do is trim the dead leaves, and rub off any dried dirt on the outer layers of skin.

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As certain crops are coming out of the ground, like our onions, it’s good practice to replace them with a cover crop.  A cover crop is usually a grain or legume that you grow to hold the nutrients in the soil in between crops, and improve soil structure by incorporating their organic matter.  Here’s our planting of Winter Rye that followed our summer squash:

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Look like a patch of grass?  Well, it is.  But simple practices like this are effective tools in sustainably managing agricultural land.

Speaking of sustainable practices, Mother Earth News has been highlighting Star Modern Homesteaders for the last three years.  These are people who are leading hands-on, self-sufficient lifestyles and want to share their experience.  I’m honored to be featured in this year’s cast of nominees.  Please, check it out!

 

 

CSA Week 14

Photo: CSA week 14: spicy salad mix, potatoes, French Breakfast radishes, sweet peppers, kale, leeks, garlic, acorn squash, cucumbers, and pesto from Sandbox basil made by Creative Canning with Liat!CSA week 14: spicy salad mix, potatoes, French Breakfast radishes, sweet peppers, kale, leeks, garlic, acorn squash, cucumbers, and pesto from Sandbox basil made by Creative Canning with Liat!

(Not pictured: red slicer tomatoes!)

 

Labor Day CSA

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is having a nice, relaxing holiday.  This week’s share has a couple “first of the season”s, like celery and onions.  I’m sure it’s as tasty as it looks!

CSA Week 12:

Photo: CSA Week 12: celery, Swiss chard, potatoes, red and white onions, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and arugula!!!

Celery, Swiss chard, potatoes, red and white onions, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and arugula!!!

CSA Week 11

You know how people say “Be careful what you wish for.”, and “When it rains it pours.”?  Well they’re right, on both accounts.  I wished for rain, and it’s been really pouring down on us the past few days.  Some things are having a worse go of it than others, but I’d say for the most part the crops are doing a good job of hanging on.  Now if we can get some warm sunny days than all that moisture in the ground will really get things kicking!

Here’s what we’ve got in the CSA this week:

Photo: CSA Week 11: cherry tomatoes, garlic, tomatoes, Hungarian Hot Wax and Jalapeño peppers, cucumbers, baby watermelon, kale, dill flowers, and butternut squash : )

Cherry tomatoes, garlic, tomatoes, Hungarian Hot Wax and Jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, baby watermelon, kale, dill flowers, and butternut squash (first of the season!!!)

CSA Week 10 – A Harvest Story

This week I thought I’d share a little bit of what a harvest day looks like at Sandbox Organics.  Of course, it always starts with coffee.

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Then, our superhero volunteers harvest food for the shares.

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We wash and cool the vegetables in cold water.

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The boxes are laid out and packed in a line and…

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Voila! A share is born.  Here you see me arranging a photo for a post.  This weeks box has collard greens, Yukon Gold potatoes, purple kohlrabi, sweet peppers, cucumbers, Japanese eggplant, Sungold cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, garlic, and fresh parsley! Yummm…

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CSA Week 9 / Team Photo

A couple of weeks ago we had a Summer Potluck.  It was a lot of fun.  So many great people came to share their delicious food and show their support for the farm.  Thank you everyone who made it out!  I hope to see you all, and hopefully some new faces too, in the Fall when we have our end-of-season potluck!

We took the opportunity to take a Team Sandbox picture:

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Here’s what we have in the Week 9 CSA:

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Watermelon, oregano, garlic, squash, eggplant, sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and chard!

CSA Week 8

This week is the 8th share of our 16 week season.  We’re halfway through y’all.  I know, it’s sad to think about the season ending.  But this time of year also brings a great variety of fresh things to eat.  Our tomatoes are producing, watermelons are ripening, and we just harvested our potato crop.  The potatoes were dug last Wednesday and yielded 24 pounds, averaging a pound per plant!  They are in the process of curing, but some fresh ones are in the share this week.

This week we’ve got cherry tomatoes, tomatoes (one Purple Cherokee), jalapenos, garlic, yellow squash, sage, kale, red and gold beets, potatoes, and sweet corn.