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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – Reno and Tahoe

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Bounty Farms

I have been on a public relations roll for Community Supported Agriculture lately, so here is my promised blog post about local CSA options in Northern Nevada and in North Lake Tahoe.  Basically, a CSA is  a system where members pay in advance to receive a weekly share of fresh and in season vegetables.  Most options are a selection of what is grown that week, so it is always exciting to find out what types of veggies you will receive.  Then, there is the joy of learning what the vegetables are, Swiss Chard and beets anyone?  I enjoyed searching for new recipes and asking friends about what they were going to do with their vegetables.  Many farms provide a newsletter, describing the vegetables you received and offering favorite recipes.

I personally was a participant with Mountain Bounty Farm last summer – you can read about my experience here.  This summer, I have already paid my membership for the vegetable and fruit share at Natural Trading Company.  I will write more as my experience with them ensues.

Since I spend quite a bit of time in Reno, I have had many people ask me about the CSA options in Reno.  Although, my first research led me to believe option were limited, I have since discovered that Reno has several options available.  The NV Grown website list several on their subscription farms page.  I will go ahead and post what they have listed:

NORTHERN NEVADA CSAs:

Chickie Baby Blooms CSA (775) 423-9585
chickiebabyblooms@hotmail.com

Custom Gardens Organic Farm CSA (775) 577-2069
customgardens@att.net
http://customgardens-organic-farm.com

Girlfarm/Grow For Me Sustainable Farm (775)677-0636
Personal Farmer Program
contactgirlfarm@mac.com
www.girlfarm.org

Great Basin Basket CSA (775) 351-2551
greatbasinbasketcsa@gmail.com
www.greatbasinbasket.com

Nanadew Herb Farm (775) 867-3067
CurtisAnna@NanaDewHerbFarm.com
www.nanadewherbfarmCSA.com

Rise & Shine Farms  (775) 867-5873
csa@riseandshinefarms.com
www.riseandshinefarms.com

4 Season Farm (775) 747-2222
tom@pinyondesign.com
www.riverschool.info

SOUTHERN NEVADA CSAs:
Meadow Valley CSA Farm (702) 864-2291
meadowvalleycsa@gmail.com
http://meadowvalleycsa.blogspot.com/

There is also a great new foodie magazine in Reno/Tahoe called Edible Reno-Tahoe.  In their Spring 2010, they wrote a feature about farm to table community supported agriculture programs in the area.  You can read the story here.   They provide information about CSA

Great Basin Basket CSA
Includes NanaDew Farms, Lattin Farms, Homegrown Nevada, Churchill Butte Organics, Heavenly Organics, Mayberry Farms, and Sierra Valley Farms
Fallon, Nev.
775-351-2551
greatbasinbasketcsa@gmail.com
www.Greatbasinbasket.com

Custom Gardens Organic Farm & CSA
Silver Springs, Nev.
775-577-2069
Subscription Farms on www.NevadaGrown.com

Churchill Butte Organics
Dayton, Nev.
775-721-6068

4 Season Farms CSA
690-4261
www.Riverschool.info

Organic Pastures
Milk, cream, butter, and almonds
Dr. Kelly Reuss
530-419-3126
kellyreuss@yahoo.com
www.Organicpastures.com

Grow For Me Sustainable Farm
Reno, Nev.
775-667-0636
www.Girlfarm.org

Garden Goddess CSA
Mewaldt Organics
Fallon, Nev.
Korena Mewaldt
korenakorena@hotmail.com

NanaDew Herb Farm CSA
Fallon, Nev.
775-867-3087, 775-427-6039 (cell)
www.Nanadewherbfarm.com
CurtisAnna@NanaDewHerbFarm.com

Rise & Shine Farms
Eggs, chickens, and produce
Fallon, Nev.
775-867-5873
csa@riseandshinefarms.com
www.Riseandshinefarms.com

Stone House Ranch
Chilcoot, Calif.
775-351-7000
www.Stonehouseranch.com
stonehouseranch@yahoo.com

Dawn Gardens
Crescent Mills, Calif.
530-284-6036
www.Dawngardens.org
info@dawngardens.org

Trails End Farm
Janesville, Calif.
530-253-2809
www.Trailsendfarm.org

They also recommend supporting farmers by attending local farmer’s markets…

Nevada Certified Farmers’ Market Association:Nevadagrown.com/farmers_markets.aspx
CBE Inc. Markets for Northern Nevada: Crystlbrdg.clearwire.net
Placer County: Visit placer.com/county-farmers-markets.aspx
Nevada County: Nevadacofb.org/markets.html
El Dorado County: Co.el-dorado.ca.us/ag/certified_market.html

It would be great to hear of others experiences with local CSAs, as well as any fun recipe ideas for some of those more unique local vegetables.  Joining a farm is a great way to help the environment’s health, as well as your own!  How green is that?

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“Riding the Green Wave” – Live from Lake Tahoe Eco Symposium

Do you know where you food comes from?  WHY NOT?

Mark Estee, owner of several local Truckee, CA restaurants- Moody’s Bistro, Baxter’s Bistro and Burger Me – discussed ways to go green locally.  He said the number one way he has become eco-concious as a Truckee restauranteur is to go green by purchasing produce from local farmers.  He presented the question:

Do you know where you food comes from?  WHY NOT?

Estee promoted the Slow Food movement – he helped start the Lake Tahoe chapter.  He said it is important to keep business green and sustainable even if it doesn’t make fiscal sense in the beginning – don’t give up.

“Success does not mean it was easy,” said Carlo Luri of Bently Biofuels.  He reported on the history of the formation of Bently Biofuels in Minden, NV.  He gave information regarding biofuels and biofuel conversions.  Learn more at the Bently Biofuels web site.

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“Feed Your Mama”

Mark Ofarrall from  Hungry Mother Organics in Carson City, NV began his presentation by asking members of the audience a variety of questions…

What did you have for lunch?  Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Do you know where it came from? No.

Do you know how the wrap is made?  No.

What type of car do you have? A Subaru.

Do you know where it came from?  Indiana.

How does it run? Gas.

The point is we know where our cars and fuel come from, but often we do not know where the food we put into our bodies comes from or how it is made.   Ofarrall showed off his hanging lettuce basket, as well as a snow pea/lettuce ensemble. “The tagline for our company is Feed Your Mama,” said Ofarrall.  “We hope people will want to go home and grow their own food.”

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“We have two electric vehicle charging stations that have been in place for over a year,” said Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Sustainability Coordinator Cheri Chastain.  “They have never been used.”

A collective gasp from the audience.

Chastain expanded on the importance of getting to know your farmers – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (SNBC) has a relationship with local barley farmers.  She also discussed sustainability.  What does sustainability mean to you?

SNBC leads by example by being sustainable in everything they do from energy efficiency (heat recovery, lighting, etc.) to generating their own electricity through a fuel cell installed on site, as well as using solar panels.  They reuse as much as possible, and then recycle everything else.  Currently, SNBC is working on creating a composting facility.