Our friends, Chris and Rachel, are caretakers on a ranch outside of San Diego and operate a CSA called Psalter Farm. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and usually takes the form of members buying a share in a farm for a season and in turn receiving regular boxes of fresh veggies (and sometimes flowers or fresh eggs, too). Psalter Farm’s first boxes will be distributed tomorrow (June 6th). These boxes will include: a dozen organic eggs, sweet peas, beans, basil, spinach, bok choy, kale, collard greens, radishes, beets, broccoli, swiss chard, bunching onions, turnips, cucumber, cactus, rutabaga, carrots, arugula, lettuce, summer squash, new potatoes, fava beans, garlic scapes, cilantro, rosemary, mint, parsley, sorrel. The boxes only get fuller and more interesting as the summer goes on.
Having a big garden, a worm bin, a chicken coop, and even a couple of pigs, can significantly reduce the amount of garbage you put in your bins. Our friends at Psalter Farm showed us how they do it.
Although they look like silly little birds, chickens are actually savage beasts more closely related to velociraptors. Chickens will devour just about any vegetable cuttings and scraps you might produce; even the most avid veggie cooks cannot produce enough scraps to keep a brood of chickens busy.
Compost heaps absorb just about everything vegetable. If you don’t want to feed your vegetable leftovers to the chickens, you can compost them and produce some really great stuff for growing more green things. In addition a compost pile can absorb all the yard trimmings you might have.
While we were staying with Chris and Rachel, we realized an interesting thing: most food scraps are quite valuable. If they can’t go to the chickens, maybe they can go to the pigs and if not there, then you can make compost out of it. At the end of the day, very little food needs to be thrown away.
*If you are in the San Diego area and interested in buying into the Psalter Farm CSA you can contact Chris and Rachel at: firstname.lastname@example.org