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Psalter Farm

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.

The evil glint in this chicken's eye told me it was wise to keep a safe, thirty-yard distance.

The evil glint in this chicken’s eye told me it was wise to keep a safe, thirty-yard distance.

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.

Mandibles of death.

Clearly this bird is equipped with mandibles of death.

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.

Hi Mom

You know what this pig is thinking? She’s thinking, wow, I’m famous now: hi Mom!

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:

This entry was written by Philip and published on June 6, 2013 at 1:21 am. It’s filed under Businesses, Compost, Organics, Recycling and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Psalter Farm

  1. Uncle Chris on said:

    Yes, but we all can’t own farms, or farm animals. Should we all then compost our leftover food?

  2. Yes, we should all be composting as much as possible! I do food scraps, lint from the dryer, shredded paper, etc..

  3. YES! we should, and buy into CSAs!

  4. Didn’t you guys belong to a CSA up in Vancouver?

  5. Ask Phil to tell you about our “Hen Spa”

  6. Diana on said:

    Mrs. Morales and I are signing up for a CSA in Phoenix this year!!! mmm it might be too late now…. we are trying…Even Loren is doing some investigations with co-workers to get us in one! Many times, I wish I was born in a different time, had a farm and be happy with a simple life…. now imagine if you two could had been part of that life!!! We could be eating lots of fresh delicious cheeses!!! 😉

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