Farmers Anne and Paul to receive the Ken King Life as Art Award!

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Our very own head farmers, Anne Elder and Paul Bantle, will receive the People’s Food Co-Op of Ann Arbor “Ken King Life as Art” award for 2014. This award was established in 2009 in memory of Ken King, the patriarch of Frog Holler Farm’s King family, talented  songwriter and musician, and one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement in the area. The award honors “an individual or organization in the People’s Food Co-op community who has shown fearless and creative dedication and hard work living their ideals specifically in the realms of social justice, politics, spirituality, art or just plain conscious living.” (www.peoplesfood.coop)

As all who know them will agree, Anne and Paul have been an inspiration to everyone they’ve come in contact with. They’ve committed their entire lives to caring for the Earth and people. Anne and Paul’s loving spirits have touched so many over the years, from the Wildflower Bakery and The Del Rio, to the Community Farm of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and beyond. They also lead meditation groups and retreats drawing upon Easwaran’s passage meditation based on the Bhagavad Gita. This daily practice encourages looking inward as the path to outward compassion. As leaders of the “communiteam” at the Community Farm of Ann Arbor for the past 23 years, they’ve provided the healthiest food and nurturing community, while caring for the Earth they feel so blessed to inhabit.  They are real life heroes of the CSA movement in its purest form, living a life of hard work, meditation, and service to the community. Congratulations Anne and Paul, you deserve this wonderful recognition!

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Upcoming Spring Events at the Community Farm of Ann Arbor

Keep an eye on the Events page for detailed descriptions of the events as they approach, but save the dates of these Spring 2014 farm happenings.

Sunday April 20 Easter Egg Hunt (nondenominational)

You don’t have to be little to join in. Please contact us to let us know if you are planning

to join in. Email ChrysalisBD@gmail.com or call Anne at (734­) 433-­0261.

$5. per child

Saturday, May 17  Karen Chalmer will lead a plant study.

This is a chance to learn from a plant.  She will choose the plant as that date gets closer.

She will also announce “weed and sing” dates. To learn more about these

events, go to the news section of the farm website. It shows dates

from last year, but has full descriptions which are good for this year.

Chrysalisbd.org also has a description in the August 2103 newsletter.

 Saturday May 24th Open House and Work Party

10:00 am – 4:00 pm  All are welcome, bring friends!

On that day the Barn Restoration organization will also be

holding a workshop and be working to restore the Miriam (East Barn) sills.  If you

want to participate in that, must register through them.

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2nd Annual CSA Fair

Come meet the farmers of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, and many others, at the CSA Fair! Have a conversation that could change the way you eat forever! This event is happening this Saturday, March 22nd, from 10am-1pm in Saline. See you there!

Here is all the info for the event.

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Chrysalis Spreads Its Wings!

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“The Influence of Biodynamic Agriculture from the Cosmos to the Soil”

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Join the Farmers and Apprentices of The Community Farm of Ann Arbor for a panel discussion on Biodynamic Agriculture. Come to the Rudolph Steiner House Tuesday March 4th at 7:30pm to learn about this healthy agricultural practice from farmers with 22+ years of joyful experience. This event is free, but space is limited. For more information, check out the events page.

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Grand Finale 2013

This year’s final harvest was a rollicking good time! The weather was beautiful for members gathering the last of our shares of the 2013 harvest. The pounds and pounds of food should keep us in veggies until the Spring if we preserve it all the best we “can”!

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As the barn’s storm windows are put in, fields sown with cover crops, and tools cleaned and put away, the Community Farm of Ann Arbor settles in for the rest and rejuvination of Winter. Farmers Anne and Paul will tend the animals every day, but the Earth gets a rest in the larger rythem of the seasons. We hope to see you at the farm for Cow Caroling and other Winter activities to come, and then in the Spring as the wheel turns again to warmer times. May your Winter be filled with solace and rest, family and friends, and great food, of course!

 

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Peas Turn Up the Beet Benefit a Gigantic Success!

Thank you to every single person who coordinated, donated, performed, volunteered, and enjoyed our benefit concert! We truly came together as a wide-reaching community to support the Community Farm of Ann Arbor through local music. The sold out show raised over $18,000 to help keep the Farm vibrant. We ate great food, saw huge smiles and heard heartfelt music. We truly helped put the culture back in agriculture!

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Peas Turn Up the Beet Tastes of the Farm

The farmers and apprentices of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor have put their love into the food grown there from seed to table. At the benefit concert you will have a chance to taste a bit of what the farm has to offer. Here are the dishes and ingredients that will be available at Peas Turn Up the Beet:

From Farmer Anne:

Pesto Beans

*Steamed yellow waxed beans, *basil, olive oil, *garlic, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, organic cashews, organic apple cider vinegar.

Salt Brine Pickles

*Cucumbers, sea salt, *garlic, *dill, organic vinegar

Pickled Diakon Radish

*Diakon radish, *cayenne pepper, sea salt, dulse seaweed, organic apple cider vinegar, *garlic, ginger, organic sugar.

From Apprentice Melissa:

Zucchini Bread

*Whole wheat flower, canola oil, turbinado sugar, *grated summer squash, *applesauce, banana, cloves, cinnamon, salt, baking soda.

Kale Chips

*Kale, nutritional yeast, olive oil, salt.

From Apprentice Kristin:

Hop Cheese with Apples

*Liberty apple slices, *hops flowers, *bronze fennel leaf, organic Neufchatel cheese, creme fraiche, organic sour cream, Dubliner sharp cheddar, salt, lemon juice, lime juice.

 

*denotes ingriedients grown on the Community Farm of Ann Arbor

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The “Beet” is Rolling!

Check out this lovely article about the Farm’s benefit concert, “Peas Turn Up the Beet” in MLive Ann Arbor News! All this publicity means that the tickets are going fast for this farm-loving event. Don’t miss out on the agri-cultural event of the season! The concert is TODAY, October 6th. Get your tickets at the Ark!

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Thanks to an AMAZING outpouring of support from the wider community, our Kickstarter campaing was a glorious success! This means that we can put on this fabulous, heart-warming, agri-culture enriching benefit concert. Tickets are available NOW at www.theark.org, or in person at a few locations around Ann Arbor. Community Farm members may also purchase tickets at the farm on their harvest day pick ups.

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This is our fundraising event for the year, so we need to sell as many tickets as possible to benefit the Farm. It will be a family-friendly, super fun, love-filled evening of inspiring music that aims to put the culture back in agriculture! Bring all your friends and family to fill the Ark with our awesome community!

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