Another growing season is upon us, and signup has begun for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program managed by Dakota College at Bottineau. The program still has CSA shares available, though they are filling quickly. College staff has been working hard in the gardens to ensure the best year ever. Last fall, truckloads of soil were brought in; this spring the soil has been leveled to ensure that serious flooding will not reoccur. Along with the high tunnels that were finished this fall, this space provides plenty of additional planting areas to ensure an extremely successful harvest year. This year, CSA members should benefit from a longer season and a bountiful harvest of a large variety of vegetables.
Also this year, the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) had the opportunity to work with Marietta Good from NDSU Extension Services. This collaboration allowed Bottineau's After School Program students a hands-on opportunity to learn about food, nutrition, and food safety. The students joined the ECH on a cold day in February, planted seeds in a high tunnel, and took a tour of the garden and greenhouse grounds. They returned at the end of April to see the fruit of their labor, and to taste some fresh salad greens. The students enjoyed this adventure and received plenty of their own salad green transplants to plant and share with their families.
Anyone interested in signing up for a CSA share, please fill out a brochure located at multiple local businesses, or contact Stacy Baldus at 228-5649 or Heather Vestre at 228-5605.
Photo Attached Photo cutline: Kids from the Bottineau After School Program spin freshly harvested salad greens dry with CSA farm manager, Heather Vestre (pictured at far left).