It’s open enrollment time for the White Oak Pastures Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Main Season program. The season runs from March 16 through November 16, 2015. There are six convenient pickup locations (details here): Albany, Atlanta, Columbus and Thomasville, Georgia; Dothan, Alabama and Tallahassee, Florida. Fill out an application and eat easy knowing your USDA Certified organic produce is sustainably planted, tended and harvested by the same hands that drive CSA shares to your city. Each CSA share includes a diverse selection of 8-12 fresh, seasonal produce items -- click through blog archives to get an idea of what’s growing when. Coupon clippers take heart. All CSA members receive discounts on the farm’s pastured meats and pasture-raised eggs when buying them at the farm store, online market or farmers market stalls; free delivery of online purchases to CSA drop-off locations; a tour of the pastures and gardens and an invite to the CSA farmer-hosted dinner. Questions? Email farm manager Ryan Carnley at ryan.carnley@whiteoakpastures.com.
Make room for ‘shrooms on this weekend’s calendar. Zoom south to the Mushroom Cultivation Workshop at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia on Saturday, March 7. The informative workshop begins with a noon lunch in the Pavilion then spores off into mushroom lifecycle and cultivation discussions. Hands-on activities include inoculating hardwood logs to grow shiitake mushrooms and propagating oyster mushroom spawn. Cap the day learning how to identify wild mushrooms using a dichotomous key -- handy to know so you won’t trifle with the wrong truffle when you’re out foraging. Just when you think you’re stuffed to the gills with info, bag up some oyster mushroom spawn to raise on your own homestead and hit the road around 4 p.m. Arrive at 10 a.m. if you would like to take a farm tour. $60 per person includes lunch, classes and supplies. Limited to 25 participants. Reserve your spot by calling 229-641-2081or emailing Lori Moshman at lorimoshman@whiteoakpastures.com.
 


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