CSA planning

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  1. TN farmer

    TN farmer New Member

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    I am inquiring about the amount of crops I should plant to fill the need of my CSA this season. Here are the numbers:
    -6 bushel shares and 5 half bushel shares per week.
    -Crops will be divided into cool early season (lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, arugula,other greens), warm summer (tomato, squash,sweet and hot peppers, beans, cucumbers, zuchini) and fall crops(possibly carrots, beets, lettuce,etc.)
    I need a little help figuring out how many of each of those crops I will need to have a sustained harvest throughout the season. I have made some simple calculations, but wonder about unknown variables like yeilds since I have never cultivated this piece of ground before.
     
  2. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a book that covers all aspects of Community Supported Agriculture. If you can find a copy I think it will be invaluable to you. The title is:

    Sharing The Harvest by Elizabeth Henderson with Robyn Van En

    Good luck with your CSA endevor.


    Nomad
     

  3. KindredCanuck

    KindredCanuck In Remembrance

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  4. tim1253

    tim1253 Well-Known Member

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    Once again the University of Kentucky comes through!!

    Table 16. Vegetable Yields and Amounts to Plant per Person.
    Approximate Planting per Person

    Asparagus 10-15 plants
    Beans, snap bush 15-16 ft
    Beans, snap pole 5-6 ft
    Beans, lima bush 10-15 ft
    Beans, lima pole 5-6 ft
    Beets 5-10 ft
    Broccoli 3-5 plants
    Brussels sprouts 2-5 plants
    Cabbage 3-4 plants
    Cabbage, Chinese 3-10 ft ---
    Carrots 5-10 ft
    Cauliflower 3-5 plants
    Celeriac 5 ft
    Celery 10 stalks ---
    Chard, Swiss 3-5 plants
    Collards and Kale 5-10 ft
    Corn, sweet 10-15 ft
    Cucumbers 1-2 hills
    Eggplant 2-3 plants
    Garlic 1-5 ft
    Kohlrabi 3-5 ft
    Lettuce, head 10 ft ---
    Lettuce, leaf 10 ft ---
    Muskmelons (cantaloupe) 3-5 hills ---
    Mustard 10-15 ft
    Okra 4-6 ft
    Onions (plants or sets) 3-5 ft
    Onions (seed) 3-5 ft
    Parsley 1-3 ft
    Parsnips 10 ft
    Peas, English 15-20 ft
    Peas, Snow 10-15 ft
    Peas, Southern 10-15 ft
    Peppers 3-5 plants
    Potatoes, Irish 50-100 ft ---
    Potatoes, Sweet 5-10 plants
    Pumpkins 1-2 hills
    Radishes 3-5 ft ---
    Salsify 5 ft
    Soybeans 50 ft
    Spinach 5-10 ft
    Squash, summer 2-3 hills
    Squash, winter 1-3 hills
    Tomatoes 3-5 plants
    Turnip greens 5-10 ft ---
    Turnip roots 5-10 ft
    Watermelons 2-4 hills ---
     
  5. tim1253

    tim1253 Well-Known Member

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    BTW--the numbers posted in my earlier post from U.K. are for "freesh eating" which I assume is the CSA approach and thus the numbers change if growing enough for canning, freezing, etc. Their site for this and other great information is: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id128/id128.htm

    The table on that site includes numbers needed if canning/freezing, etc.