“The compost maker is a farmer of microbes, no less a farmer than a dairy farmer or a vegetable grower,” says Grace Gershuny in Feeding the Soil on the Organic Farm.
CSA stands for Community-supported agriculture, “a model that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms.” At Crooked Farmz our CSA subscription model allows us to farm and cultivate microbes to be delivered to you as a series of four compost teas to boost your overall soil health.
Compost tea is a brewed liquid soil amendment made from fresh organic compost matter. It is thriving with millions of the microbes — bacteria, fungi, nematodes, etc. — that do the heavy work of making organic and mineral matter in your soil available to the roots of your plant. And a healthy, living soil helps reduce dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
We offer ‘very local distribution’ to the East York area with a CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscription service that provides a series of 4 freshly-brewed organic teas to you over the course of the summer, from Victoria Day weekend in May until Labour Day weekend in September.
These 4 teas are cycled on a loose program over the summer to organically balance the different needs of your garden at different times of the season: MYCO (soil structure), FLORA (fruiting and flowering), AQUA (soil fertility), ENDO (replenishing).
A one-litre mason jar of compost tea is diluted by you with water 20:1 before using, which makes about 20L of tea (approximately a 5-gallon bucket worth). This is then watered on the soil around your plants or sprayed onto the leaves themselves.
Compost tea is suitable for vegetables, fruit bushes, flowers, perennials, container gardens, lawns, trees, and indoor plants. It is about creating dynamic living soil, so if you have soil and want a healthy organic alternative, compost tea might be for you.
We have a limited number of spaces available in our 2021 CSA subscription program. As a subscriber you help develop an infrastructure for ensuring that microbes beneficial to soil health are readily available in a freshly-brewed form to local East York consumers throughout the summer.
CSA subscriptions are available in four sizes:
- SMALL (4 x 2 LITRE) – suitable for balcony gardens, containers or small plots: $80/summer
- MEDIUM (4 x 4 LITRE) – suitable for mid-size backyard gardens: $150/summer
- LARGE (4 x 6 LITRE) – suitable for large gardens and small backyards: $220/summer
- EXTRA LARGE (4 x 5 GALLON) – suitable for large backyards and new landscape projects: $350/summer
Home delivery fees: $20/summer for East York residents $40/summer for residents outside of the boundary
Please note that our home delivery fee of $20/subscription will be waived for East York residents this summer, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. Delivery fees of $40/subscription to residents outside of the boundary zone will be reduced to 50% off for Summer 2020.
Subscriptions are payable by Interac email transfer.