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And so it begins…

April 30, 2009

Whelp, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and our little project…

Like so many other folks in this economy, especially here in Portland, I recently lost my job. I like to think of it as good riddance, except for the fact that I am quickly reaching the red zone in my bank account and no one here seems to find my ‘skills’ convincing enough to offer me a job. So I needed a “Plan B”, and my good friend Nadine had a brilliant idea. The brilliant idea somewhat spawned from the fact that she has the very fortunate circumstance of living on an 8 acre vineyard in the fabled hills of Oregon’s Dundee Hills (aka wine country). “Plan B = C + S + A” she said. And that was that. We decided to take advantage of the 3 acres not planted to vines on her property, and are starting a “Community Supported Agriculture” project. For those of you that aren’t familiar with this term, a CSA, as explained by Wikipedia, “consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA’s focus is usually on a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, sometimes dairy products and meat.” Basically, people pay us money and we give them a box every week of whatever we are harvesting at the time. Fresh, local, organic food. I’ll spare you from all the reasons why this is a good thing.

Our plan is to provide a wide variety of veggies, fruits, eggs and even flowers to our members, with perhaps some other additions as we work out the kinks. And with that being said, we are starting off this summer in an experimental phase. We want to make sure we can pull this whole thing off without making too many mistakes, so we are only offering shares to friends and family (aka the guinea pigs who hopefully won’t take away their business or disown us if perhaps their box only contains a single blue egg and a weak sprig of thyme one week). Then the plan is to expand to local restaurants and community members.

But before all of that, we have plenty to learn, lots of dirt to dig, more chickens to buy, seeds to plant and unsuspecting folks to coerce into a membership. So this blog will chronicle our life on the farm as we take on this project, with perhaps a few quick oooo-ing and ahhh-ing posts about the 5 kittens that the resident cat (now known as “Easy” for obvious reasons) just gave birth to 3 weeks ago.

Please feel free to offer advice and add commentary (within G-rated guidelines). Please refrain from heckling and harsh criticism.

Here goes…

Yours truly,

The ladies at the Dundee Dirtbox

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pablo permalink
    April 30, 2009 8:29 pm

    Too bad you don’t deliver to California.
    I’d be up for it.

    • nadinelew permalink
      May 1, 2009 3:18 pm

      all in good time, pablo! we could use your and matteo’s brawn up here. oh, and did we mention kittens? any visitors under 10 yrs old get a free kitten.

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