The newest, at 63,000 square feet more than double the size of the first, is the largest.
By Susan Schwartz
Jan 18, 2017
Last week Lufa Farms began to harvest produce from that greenhouse, set atop an industrial building in Anjou. The first week brought mega-sized radishes, watercress, Persian cress, arugula and spinach from among more than 40 varieties of greens started out there as seedlings in December; this week, tatsoi, red and green bok choy, Chinese cabbage, romaine and Boston lettuce were added to the mix. Next week there will be more.
The produce is sold to directly to consumers, to subscribers – Lufavores, they are called – who find it in the baskets they order online, along with produce from small family farms, almost all local, and other products including meat, cheese, baked goods, fish and prepared foods, all sourced by Lufa Farms. The year 2016 was a good one: The Lufa Farms subscriber base grew by fully 50 per cent to more than 9,000 families.
Organic Vegetable and Herb Farm Partners Needed Near Chattanooga, 2017Sandabama Farms is a small organic vegetable farm located in the corner of Alabama where Tn, AL, and GA meet. We are 45 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. We currently have 15 acres that are certified and are working to transition 20 more over the next 2 years. In the past, we have mainly operated with family help, and a few part-time workers. Now that we have grown larger, and the demand for our produce is difficult to meet, we are looking for 2 farm partners – either individuals or a couple, who will help manage the day-to-day operations of the farm, keep records, and grow the area’s best GAP certified, USDA organic produce. We are looking for someone with organic farming knowledge, but are by no means requiring experts. Basic farming skills are preferred. Work would mainly be Monday through Friday, but occasional weekend hours may be needed. Our partners would have as much autonomy as they wished as far as making decisions, but would also have all the help they needed from the team here. Partners would take part in each aspect of managing the farm and production, from greenhouse work to planting, hoeing, and harvest. For long term organic vegetable and herb farm partners, we can help arrange housing (no place on the farm but rentals and for-sales nearby). While there isn’t a place to live on the farm directly, we want this farm to be home. This would move into probably farming your own parts of the farm, using our equipment, and basically running your own operation on our land. This is the perfect operation for a beginning farmer or someone looking to make your start. Housing stipend, hourly pay AND percentage of income considered, based on experience. This would be a year-round position for the right people. We would love to find the 2 right people by March, but the sooner the better. To inquire about the organic vegetable and herb farm partners positions, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 423-661-9545 for further information.
From cutting down on meat to contacting your local representatives and investing in clean energy, here are 15 ways to help reduce global carbon emissions
1 Air travel is usually the largest component of the carbon footprint of frequent flyers. A single return flight from London to New York – including the complicated effects on the high atmosphere – contributes to almost a quarter of the average person’s annual emissions. The easiest way to make a big difference is to go by train or not take as many flights.
2 The second most important lifestyle change is to eat less meat, with particular emphasis on meals containing beef and lamb. Cows and sheep emit large quantities of methane, a powerful global warming gas. A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact but simply cutting out beef will deliver a significant benefit on its own.
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