Re: Tools for Small CSA's

Dear RfarmChico, enjoyed your post, my husband, our business partner, and
myself are going to accept our first members for the summer 1998, and I
have a ques for you since you are small and we will be as well, how did you
get your first members, how many do you now have?
Anyone answering Rfarm message please post to the list I crave all the
information I can get :) Beth

> From: RfarmChico@aol.com
> To: csa-l@prairienet.org
> Subject: Tools for Small CSA's
> Date: Thursday, July 24, 1997 10:53 AM
> I am a one man operation CSA in Norhtern California and am interested in
> and tools for the very small farm. I have been selling at local farmer's
> markets since 1990, became a CSA in 1995 (CSA exclusive for two years)
> now am both selling at local markets and distributing to members.
> Some of my favorite tools are:
> The Garden Way Planter: Cheap, light, versitile, body powered. I don't
> of a better push planter. It is enough for my 4 acre (at max) operation.
> The "Asparagus to Zucchini Cookbook" from the folks at MACSAC:
> (Madison Area CSA Coalition (MACSAC) maintains an updated directory of 
> CSA farms serving the Madison, WI area and sponsor several CSA-related 
> events each year, including a CSA Farm Fair in March, farm tours during 
> the summer, and conferences and grower workshops in the fall and winter. 
> We also have ongoing regular meetings which are open to the public. 
> Karen Foley-Stauss c/o Wisconsin Rural Development Center, 125 Brookwood 
> Dr., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572, 608/437-5971. )
> The Cookbook was put together with CSA's in mind and is organized
> to vegetable. A GREAT!!!! resource. (Thankyou MACSAC FOLKS!)
> The last is a wheelhoe made by the guy who got me started in organic
> vegetable growing 10 or so years ago. He has just got up a web page <A
> ttp://www.sunset.net/valleyoaktool">Valley Oak Tool Co. that you can
> at www.sunset.net/valleyoaktool. I use it all the time. Great weed
> close to the row.
> The last one is a simple eye hoe or grub hoe. I didn't discover them
until I
> was 37 and I've been in agriculture all my life. With a sharp edge they
are a
> dirt farmer's best friend. (I have a little article on it and other
> too big to put here - that I will e-mail you if you are interested.)
> I am looking for a real good hand pruner for my peaches and Asian pears.
> experience with one?
> I was also turned on to a great book for us little income, little
> the book Your Money or Your Life.
> I'd welcome your suggestions.