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Shanan Says

It's the moment of truth, team! We have accomplished a TON so far: the construction of a greenhouse, the planting of over 100,000 plants in that greenhouse! The preparation of 30 acres of new land, moving the home, office, farm, nursery and family to our new location, and the CSA has been declared nearly full. Only 10 more days to first harvest and I have only one request left to make:

30 more Dream Shares Please. A Dream Share (3 years - $3000) includes a Whole Veggie Share and Whole Keeper Share from Abbo plus a Fruit Share from Ela Family Farms (WOW). If you are concerned about being in Boulder for the next three years, or if you travel frequently, yet you still want to support the Abbo effort, you could buy a Dream Share for yourself as an annual share while empowering two food insecure families at the same time. Pay it forward... help the farm, help the local economy, help a family in need. And yes, we will upgrade an existing whole share. Given the trend of food and fuel prices, this has got to be one of the best deals in town! Dream Shares are Thursday pick ups only: 19th and Violet in Boulder, the Abbo Farm on Oxford and also the Abbo Farm Stand in Lafayette; this is to accommodate the fruit in the most efficient and least handled way possible. Join or upgrade today!

There is a lot more to report - this past winter, and first half of spring alone have given me plenty to blog about! I have been active in food politics, including appointment to the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council and I've done a presentation or two. I remain on the Farmer's Market Board as Secretary. I've also accepted a position on the new board for Boulder County Going Local. --Many of your were encouraging me to get out more as I recall! Additionally, you have probably seen the most recent 'Edible...' magazine (still available at Market and Whole Foods) as Rich and I managed to pop up together in a few places. We are truly blessed and you are all truly appreciated. Please take a moment to look down and thank the earth, and then up to thank the sky! We couldn't do it without the love of both!


First CSA pick up is the week of June 9. There is a potluck gathering on June 7 at 6:30pm at the Abbo Farm: 10145 Oxford Rd.

Within the next two weeks, you will receive an e-mail confirming your pickup location and time. Remember, if you are unable to pick up your share, you need only find a substitute who will represent you. For any of you sharing a share, note that we have had to assign a single 'lead name' to your account for simplicity in accounting. Everyone in your shared group should still receive all of the emails. If this is not happening, please notify us!

We are in the process of re-organizing communication, which was hindered last year by black listing in the web world. In this process we have joined a bulk email program which will empower us to communicate more effectively and efficiently without evaporating into cyber-space. Thank you for your patience as we have worked out a few typos and re-added spouse names. We intend that this tedious task has been well worth its labor and that we have long term consistent communication!

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.


To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
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