Subsidized Shares Available to Low Income Households

Radix Farm is offering a limited number of CSA shares at half-price, available to qualifying low-income households.  The half-price subsidized CSA shares are the same size as full-price shares and include all the same benefits as full-price membership; there will be no distinction once you become a member of the Farm.  Subsidized memberships are available at our Regular CSA pick up and at the Market CSA pick-ups.   If you think you qualify for the low-income share, please check the chart below and then email us at radixfarm(at)gmail.com to find out how to sign up.

Regular CSA:  Full-price = $675.   Subsidized shares at half-price =  $337
Market CSA:   Full-price = $600.  Subsidized shares at half-price = $300

The generous support of Brighter Days (a DC based dog walking collective) makes the subsidized share program possible.  We’re excited to extend the opportunity to folks who might not normally join a CSA and find it difficult to afford a full-price share. Healthy, fresh, and local food for all is such a vital part of the movement for food justice and sustainability. Thanks Brighter Days!!

Who Qualifies for Subsidizes Shares?
Anyone who qualifies for government assistance such as WIC, EBT, or disability (SSI) .
Anyone with a total household income equal to or below the amount indicated in the chart below. The definition of household is all the persons living with you with whom you share food.

The total number of people in your household is… And your combined income is less than…
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947

Sign up for your CSA Today!

Spring is almost here!!  We’ve loved the snow this winter, but it’s time to move on to fresh curly kale, crisp sugar snap peas, and mouthwatering heirloom tomatoes.   Join Radix Farm’s CSA today to get your share of Certified Naturally Grown produce for the season.

We are now accepting applications for new members to the Radix Farm CSA.  Returning members have priority until March 15th.  We then accept new members in the order in which we receive applications.  Folks interested in becoming members should fill out this 2014 CSA Membership Application.

Radix Farm offers two distinct types of CSA pick-ups.  When you fill out your Membership Application, you must indicate one preferred pick-up site from the list below.  Complete details on the CSA types, what is in a share, and more is available in the  CSA information tab.

REGULAR CSA PICK UP

Tuesdays, outside of St. Stephen’s Church
1525 Newton St. NW (at the corner of Newton and 16th St. NW)
5:30 – 7:00pm
22 weekly deliveries,  June – early November
$675 per share

OR

Thursdays, outside of Big Bear Café
Bloomingdale Neighborhood, 1700 1st St NW (at 1st and R st. NW)
5:30pm – 7:00pm
22 weekly deliveries,  June – early November
$675 per share

MARKET CSA PICK UP
Members join and pay upfront into a debit account, then shop at the the Radix Farm stand at one of our farmers markets, choosing what you want each week from what is available and your account is debited.

Saturdays, at the Petworth Community Farmers Market
4100 block of 9th St., NW (at Georgia Ave between Upshur St. and Taylor St.)

9:00am – 1:00pm
May  3 – October 25  (26 weeks)
$425 or $600, (plus 6% or 10% bonus added to debit account)

** NOTE**  There will be no CSA at the Ballston Farmers Market this season.

How to Sign Up
1.  Fill out the online 2014 Radix Farm CSA Membership Application:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dFVBc096b2VhNUVfUG51blBHTkFpUVE6MA#gid=0

2.  We’ll respond to confirm that we have space for you at your preferred pick-up site and email you the 2014 Member Information Packet, which includes the CSA Member Agreement.

3.  Mail your payment with a signed copy of the CSA Member Agreement (last page of the Member Information Packet) within seven days. If you paying the full amount upfront presents a hardship, we can accept payment in two installments (half now, second half by June 15th) on a limited basis.

Now Hiring: Part Time Farm Crew

Radix Farm is now accepting applications for a Part-Time Farm Worker to join us for the 2014 season.   We’ve hired an awesome full time Farm Assistant who will be joining us next month and our Beginning Farmer Training Program trainees start next week (there are more BFTP spots open, inquire with Future Harvest).  Apply now to become part of our 2014 team.  Let the planting begin!

crew

Part Time Farm Crew

The Farm Crew Worker will participate in all aspects of running a small, diversified vegetable farm.  This is a part-time, seasonal position, three days per week (24-37 hours) Tuesday to Saturday.  Ideal start date is in mid-April. Position ends in November.

Responsibilities
The PT worker will assist with all areas of production from seed to sale, including field work and staffing farmers markets. Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
-       Regularly attend CSA pick-up and farmers markets
-       Field work including seeding, transplanting, weeding, mulching, trellising
-       Harvesting, washing, post-harvest management, and packing for CSA and Markets
-       Assist with leading volunteers/interns
-       Opportunity for independent projects

Requirements
-       One full season farming experience strongly preferred
-       Excellent communication skills, good attitude, strong customer service skills
-       Strong work ethic, fast learner, ability to anticipate and take initiative
-       Experience selling at farmers markets or direct market sales
-       Ability to work quickly and carefully
-       Able to lift 50lbs, perform strenuous physical tasks, and work in all types of weather
-       Driver’s license, clean driving record, ability to drive manual transmission

Compensation
The Farm Staff will receive a weekly stipend, an abundance of fresh vegetables, and opportunities for additional training, education, and regional farm visits. Upon successful completion of the season, there may be opportunities for advancement next year.

How To Apply
Applicants should send a resume including previous farming experience and three references (at least one farm related reference) to radixfarm(at)gmail.com.

Radix Farm is Hiring for the 2014 Season

Radix Farm is seeking a full time Farm Assistant for 2014

Applications accepted immediately.  Please help spread the word.  We’re looking for folks with 2-3 years farming experience ready to step up and help guide Radix to the next level.

The Farm Assistant will participate in all aspects of running a small, diversified vegetable farm, working closely with the farmer throughout the season. This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to gain experience growing on a small-scale and building the skills necessary to manage or start a farm.  The position is full-time, seasonal, 40-55 hours per week (M-F) plus some weekends.  Ideal start date is in March. Position ends in November.

In the spring we’ll also have a few unpaid seasonal internships available for those without much farming experience but a strong interest in learning about farming.

FARM ASSISTANT POSITION DESCRIPTION

Responsibilities
The Farm Assistant will assist with all areas of production from seed to sale. Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
-       Seeding, transplanting, weeding, mulching, pest and disease management
-       Managing soil fertility and foliar feeding
-       Manage high tunnel
-       Planning harvests, harvesting, and post-harvest management
-       Farm record keeping
-       Coordinating and leading volunteers/interns
-       Communications and outreach to members and the public
-       Attend CSA pick-up and farmers markets
-       Opportunity for independent projects

Requirements
-       2-3 years farming experience minimum
-       Experience with and passion for small-scale, low-input, sustainable vegetable production
-       Excellent communication skills and good attitude
-       Strong work ethic, fast learner, and ability to anticipate and take initiative
-       Experience selling at farmers markets or direct market sales
-       Ability to work quickly and carefully, and motivate others to do the same
-       Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
-       Able to lift 50lbs, perform strenuous physical tasks, and work in all types of weather
-       Driver’s license, clean driving record, ability to drive manual transmission
-       Experience with equipment, tractor implements, and building a plus
-       Experience leading crews or farm management a plus

Compensation
The Farm Assistant will receive on-farm housing, a bi-weekly pay based on experience,  an abundance of fresh vegetables, and opportunities for additional training, education, and regional farm visits.  There may be opportunities for advancement and end of season bonus.

How To Apply
Applicants should send a resume including previous farming experience and three references (at least one farm related reference) to radixfarm(at) gmail.com.

Thanks for a Great Season!

As the weather turns cold and darkness falls early, outdoor farm activity is winding down here at Radix Farm.  Over the last few weeks we’ve harvested the rest of the winter storage crops, planted cover crops where summer veggies once grew, picked up and stored irrigation lines until next spring, and winterized the equipment.   After a much-needed vacation for Thanksgiving week, farm work will transition inside where I pour over the 2013 records and make planting plans and order seeds for 2014.  And this winter, as weather permits, we’ll build a nice new high tunnel to extend the harvest season.

2013 was a bountiful and successful season.  We grew and harvested over 60 different crops, put and additional half-acre into production, trained two amazing new farmers through the Beginning Farmer Training Program, and donated over 1250 pounds of produce to agencies in need.  Though there was a bit of a drought near the end of the season, we also managed to make it through 2013 without any major weather calamity (ut oh, hope i didn’t just summon another snowmageddon).

We couldn’t have done it all without the support of our CSA members, loyal farmers market customers (thanks for coming rain or shine), supportive families, and most of all, hard-working volunteers and farm staff.  Thanks everyone!  And a big thanks to Susan, John, and Andrew!!!!

Now for a brief look back through 2013.

Radix Farm is now Certified Naturally Grown

Certified Naturally Grown

We have exciting news to share.  Radix Farm is now officially Certified Naturally GrownWhat is Certified Naturally Grown?   It is a certification process similar to the National Organic Program, but is instead tailored for small-scale, direct-market farms selling in their local communities. CNG standards are based on National Organic Program standards and requires a full commitment to robust organic practices.  CNG enables  farms to get credit for their practices while showing accountability to their customers without having to go through the expensive and time-consuming process of  organic certification.

Another benefit of being Certified Naturally Grown  is the transparency and openness to the public – customers will find every farmer’s complete certification application online. You can find our online CNG profile here: RADIX FARM CNG.

Spring on Radix Farm

Here’s an  overview of our 2013 season thus far.   Spring was a great success and we’re looking forward to an amazing summer.  On the farm we’re getting ready for treats like supersweet sungold tomatoes, refreshing cucumber salads, and red, white and blue new potatoes in time for the July 4th.  

Hope to see you at the market soon!  Thursdays, 3pm-7pm at the Ballston Farmers Market and Fridays, 4pm-8pm at the Petworth Farmers Market.

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Welcome & Introduction to 2013 Growing Season

Hi! Welcome to the 2013 growing season. My name is John Costa. I will work at Radix Farm once a week this year. I am coming into farming as a second career. My passion about growing food stems (no pun intended) from an interest in revitalizing the small farm sector while building resiliency and redundancy in our food system by developing a robust local food economy.

The connection to Radix was made through the CASA Future Harvest Beginning Farmers Training Program, which pairs a beginning farmer like myself with an experienced farmer of Kristin’s caliber. She will be my mentor. I will work with her “shoulder-to-shoulder” to learn how to grow commercially through application, dialogue, and research.

Growing up, I would help my parents and grandparents grow fruits and vegetables in our backyard. They grew crops they missed from our native Bangladesh. My favorite part was watering the plants every evening so that we would have fresh tomatoes, cilantro, squash, chili peppers, and leafy greens. There is nothing like tasting fresh picked vegetables and herbs and having them for dinner. The smell and taste are unparalleled. That is what draws me back to the land to become a farmer.

My aspiration is to grow intensively year-round on a couple of acres. This past fall and winter, as an apprentice at ECO City Farms (located in Edmonston, MD), I had an opportunity to observe and learn through application how to manage a small-scale intensive farming operation. The variety of crops that you can grow as the temperature drops close to freezing and daylight hours dwindle to less than 10 hours a day blew my mind. At Radix, I will see how to grow in a semi-rural setting at the other end of small-scale agriculture operation.

I am really excited to grow some of the produce you will be eating this year. Looking forward to meeting you when you come to pick up your produce at our farm stand this year. Until then, be merry and be well.

- John