A Farmer's Winter

3:58 PM Christy 0 Comments

Some people have asked what a farmer does in the wintertime...... Well, we're still delivering fingerling potatoes, turnips, and daikon radish to a couple of local restaurants and New Pi Co-op. We're getting excited about all the seed catalogs coming in the mail, and we're planning the details of our 2009 CSA!
What's a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA farm is supported by community members who buy a share in the farm to receive fresh, organik produce throughout the growing season. Echollective Farm has been certified organic in the past; now we are uncertified organik ;-) This year some of the the veggies grown for our CSA will be:

head lettuce, salad mix, brazing mix, garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, basil, shallots, leeks, spinach, kale, collard greens, peas, beans, broccoli, chard, squashes, carrots, cabbage, sweetcorn, bok choi, turnips, daikon radish, bell & hot peppers, strawberries, rhubarb, beets, melons and more.....YUM!
To inquire about Echollective CSA membership, email echoCSA@gmail.com or call Christy at 515-201-5593.

Of course we're also having fun dancing the bluegrass with Liliona, our daughter who is now almost 5 months old! She's really getting into exploring her world, scooting and learning to crawl.... Look out!


Garlic Planting Time

11:42 AM Kyle Sieck 0 Comments

To all ye who wish to partake in the annual planting of the garlic here at Echolective Farm, contact Derek Roller at (319-325-3910) for carpool logistics and exact planting times. The Autumn Garlic Festival has been ongoing since last weekend with the initiation of the cracking of the garlic. Now that we have some of the garlic cracked (still long way to go), fields furrowed and compost laid, it is time to plant. This is usually a 1-2 week endeavor so please feel free to come out whenever time is best for you.


CSA Announcement

10:08 AM Kyle Sieck 0 Comments

Greetings to the citizens of Johnson and Cedar County, and beyond! It is our pleasure to announce the creation of the Echolective CSA for the 2009 growing season!

As local growers for the Iowa City Farmers' Market, New Pioneer Co-op and local food restaurants (Motely Cow, Devotey, 126, Red Avocado, Atlas, The Wedge) we have a proven track record of producing top-quality organic greens, herbs and vegetables and we are excited to share the opportunity to sell directly to you in the form of a weekly box from our CSA!

The food grown at the Echolective farm is raised by young, experienced organic farmers and is supported through volunteer labor by many individuals from the surrounding community. We have an interesting history here at the farm since previous land owners included a saw mill and a cattle ranch. Today, the 53 acre plot is being restored through the plantings of native trees, prairie plants, soil building, intensive cover-cropping and annual crop rotation. Other growing tecniques are derived from Permaculture, Bio-dynamics, Aldo Leopold and Masanobu Fukuoka.

Please stay tuned for more information and don't hesitate to stop by our market stand:)