Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hello from Fresh Start Farms’ new CSA manager!

I recently began working with Cultivating Community and will be your primary point of contact for the Fresh Start Farms CSA.  With the strength of the sun feeling stronger every day (well, in between the days it snows, sleets or rains) my heart jumps with excitement and anticipation for the growing season and the veggies it will bring.  

My name is Ashley Bahlkow.  I recently moved back to Maine to be closer to my family.  While my experience has included farming and alternative food systems planning, I am certainly no expert in either as of yet.  My work in this field thus far has led to more questions than answers about how to pioneer a new food system. 

That being said, having the opportunity to work with Cultivating Community and connect with all of you - the consumers of this locally sourced food - is something I thoroughly look forward to and hope to learn from in the months ahead.  

My role is to coordinate your CSA, connect you with the farmer growing your food, answer your questions and help you access information about local food and sustainable agriculture.  I am thrilled to engage with you in the quest for a just food system. 

If you have not yet signed up for another year with us, please visit our CSA registration page

I plan to use this blog as a tool for exchanging information.  So far, my favorite resource on the site is the ‘Recipes’ tab.  This is an amazing guide for how to prepare in-season, Maine-grown produce.  I'm personally looking forward to trying out the Beet Chocolate Cake as soon as I get my hands on some of the Early Wonder beets grown by the CSA farmers. 

Please contact me at fsf@cultivatingcommunity.org, call me at (207) 761-4769 or come find me in person at our office, 52 Mayo St, Portland, ME 04101.  

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