Crooked Farmz is an independent microbrewer of quality aerobic compost teas for your home vegetable gardens, as an alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We offer ‘very local distribution’ to the East York area with a subscription-based service for Summer 2019 that hand-delivers a series of 4 freshly-brewed organic teas to you over the course of 16 weeks, from May-June until August-September.
Crooked Farmz is an experiment in local community logistics to brew and deliver to your home fresh and timely aerobic compost teas, so that you can benefit from active biodynamic principles in gardening your vegetables this summer—while also reducing your reliance on chemical fertilizers and commercial pesticides.
The 4 aerobic compost teas are divided into 4 different varieties to support a variety of microbial growth activity in your living soil web. These 4 types are cycled on a loose program over the summer to organically balance the different needs of your garden at different times of the season.
You will receive a delivery of compost tea to your doorstep each week, which you will dilute and use to water your garden vegetables. Voilà! Ongoing replenishment of your living soil food web, boosting the capacity of your plants to absorb nutrients and naturally resist pathogens.
We work together with our subscribers to create a sustainable partnership of skill-sharing, information, and care. Every batch of compost tea we brew is also going into our own vegetable gardens at home, so you know we share a common interest with you to have a successful season of growing!
Decelera Teas trace their roots (no pun intended!) to two meanings: in the Latin term ‘celeritas’ meaning related to speed or swiftness, as well as the vegetable celery, known in early Italian as ‘di sceleri’, which originally comes from ‘selinon’, a Greek Parsley meant to be eaten or chewed slowly for its therapeutic purposes and medicinal benefits. Our Decelerata Tea library works with principles of slowing speed to offer good medicine for our plants, and also for ourselves, in a fresh and timely fashion.
The 2019 Crooked Farmz subscription package includes the following four teas, each with a common aerobic brew but with unique micro-amendments suitable for the time of season:
STRUCTURE: A tea brimming with mycelium potential to begin the growing season, designed to promote the mycorrhizal activity and fungal growth required to generate stronger root structures and an overall healthier plant later in the summer.
BALANCE: As plants really begin to take root, a tea supplemented with additional organic ingredients from forest patches in the East York area to develop the more complex harmonies with the local ecology necessary for vigorous growth and increased resistance to pests.
ENERGY: This phase of the season is about maximizing the nutrients and water in our soil to nourish healthy fruits and vegetables, and this tea emphasizes our connection to the deep time of lakes and oceans with an abundance of fish and seaweed matter as tea amendments.
ENDURANCE: An echo of renewal that incorporates the best of our other teas in a bacterially-rich mix to extend vegetables during our increasingly long summers, or to help prepare the soil for a quick turnaround and fresh planting of winter-hardy crops.
Crooked Farmz hand-delivers your compost teas directly to your home. We are currently serving the East York area between the Don Valley, Lake Ontario/Lakeshore, Victoria Park, and St. Clair/O’Connor boundaries, with stops including:
Ashbridges Bay, Beaches, Beach Hill, Broadview North, Crescent Town, Danforth Village, Dentonia Park, Dieppe Park, East Chinatown, East Lynn, East York Civic Centre, Greektown, Greenwood Park, Kew Gardens, Leslieville, Little India, Main Square, Massey Creek, Monarch Park, Old East York, Pape Village, Parkview, Playter Estates, Port Lands, Riverdale Park, Riverside, Studio District, Taylor Creek, The Beach, The Danforth, The Heights, The Triangle, Todmorden, Todmorden Mills, Upper Beaches, Withrow Park, and Woodbine Gardens.
Limited runs beyond these boundaries. Please inquire for details.
Growing vegetables is not only about ecological knowledge, but creative knowledge as well. In fact, the more we take time to listen to and enjoy the aesthetic aspects of food gardening, the more we tend to be outdoors caring for our plants and creatively learning from them and with them in very symbiotic and sympoietic ways.
Our social network presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram aims to help develop a creative community of skill-sharing, information, and care, by especially attuning to the ways that we can foster being outside and off of social media—that is, out with our plants or meeting up in person! 🙂
As part of the Summer 2019 compost tea subscription package, Crooked Farmz subscribers are invited to participate in monthly ‘creative art challenges’. These are small creative projects that you can do in your garden or some other outdoor location, which provide interesting challenges to nurture and grow your own creativity and self-expression. These can be shared on our social network channels with other subscribers in the community.
While these ‘creative art challenges’ are a completely optional part of subscribing to a Crooked Farmz 2019 compost tea package, they do offer a low-risk and fun opportunity to explore with others in the local area the artsy-garden-eco-hipster-greenish-thumb-poet in you!
A Crooked Farmz Summer 2019 compost tea and creative community subscription runs from late May until the end of September, and includes 4 deliveries of compost tea over 16 weeks, 4 issues of our special literary eco-zine, invitations to monthly ‘creative art challenges’, and participation in the Crooked Farmz social community network of skill-sharing, information, and care.
Available in three sizes:
- 2 LITRE subscription (suitable for balcony gardens, containers or small plots): $80/summer
- 4 LITRE subscription (suitable for backyard gardens): $150/summer
- 6 LITRE subscription (suitable for large gardens and backyards): $220/summer
Subscriptions are payable by Interac email transfer.
If your purchase of a Crooked Farmz 2019 compost tea subscription is a gift purchase, the Payee will receive by email a one-page gift certificate and promissory note in the name of the Subscriber, which may be printed and given to the Subscriber for gifting purposes at holiday time.
Please be sure to check the ‘Gift?’ checkbox when you checkout in order to receive the printable gift certificate by email.