1. The next Salad University expands the usual scope in recognition of the low water many are experiencing, but still shows the secrets of Floodgate Farm Salad Mix.
Redwood Valley Late Spring Salads and Resiliency in a dry year: Sun. June 1, 1:45-5 PM Meet at east side of West Road exit 557 off US 101. We will caravan/carpool up to the farm on Bakers Creek Rd. Biodiversity, food forests and soil organic matter are just 3 drought-busting techniques. We also practice Hugelkulture, drip irrigation and build berms and swales to hold onto water longer. We will show you all these along with 30+ common cultivated & wild plants with diverse flavors, textures, & healing properties that go into the farm's salad mix. Class will include the art of growing them and combining them into salads and green smoothies for a mix of flavors and health-giving properties, and sharing a meal together.
Logistical details: Class by donation ($20 suggested) or work trade (2 hrs per session). Seeds available. Please bring something for a small potluck meal. All students expected and encouraged to share what they have learned with others. Salad Heals! Call or email: Bill Taylor at 707-272-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.touchtheearthmusic.com or www.floodgatefarm.com for future class announcements
2. CSA shares available from Floodgate Farm, two different sized shares. We run year-round, starting anytime (see details below). If you are cutting back on gardening this year, we can help fill in. A FREE Salad University class is included with your share.
About the farm: Floodgate Farm is at 2100’ elevation on south and east facing slopes above Redwood Valley, on Laughlin Peak. Our specialty is a 50-ingredient salad mix which varies during the year. We also grow tomatoes, greens, root vegetables, and other crops; we have fruit trees, mostly very young. We grow year-round, using the rain and coolness of winter and the abundant sun of summer for a fairly even harvest. Our pond was filled by the 10 inch storm series in early February, so we anticipate having a normal amount of irrigation water. However, we do limit water use so our produce is very dense in flavor and nutrition, and with expanded cultivation will rely on some dry farming so our water will last. Support the farm by purchasing a half-year of produce for weekly pickup. There are $390 (bag) and $780 (box) shares which run from May 1-Oct 31 and from Nov 1-Apr 30. You can start at any time; we will prorate the charge from now until the end of the current 6-month span and then you can renew a full 6-month share at that time. A typical bag includes ¼ to ½ lb salad mix, a bunch or 2 of greens, and 2 other things in season (usually one of the following: broccoli, tomatoes fresh or dried, onions, garlic, potatoes). A typical box includes ½ to ¾ lb salad mix, 2-3 bunches of greens (kale, chard, collards, etc), and 3-4 other things in season. These will likely include potatoes, beets, broccoli, tomatoes, and occasionally kale chips. You are welcome to visit the farm (in reality or via floodgatefarm.com), and the CSA includes free attendance at a Salad University class (normally $20 and a great value at that price!) Pickups will be on Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM in Ukiah (location disclosed upon signup; please let us know if there is a problem and we will see about an alternative location such as West Road, Redwood Valley) Please return the form below to the farm at the Ukiah or Redwood Valley Farmers’ Market or by mail; make checks to Bill Taylor or Jaye Alison Moscariello, P.O. Bo 848, Ukiah, CA 95482 (rather than the farm address on Laughlin peak in Redwood Valley).
Bill Taylor, email@example.com