CSA Spring Newsletter, 2015

In case you didn’t catch the email this week, here’s our CSA member Spring Newsletter:

Strawberries at Moorpark u-Pick

U-Pick Strawberries at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark

We had to delay the opening of the Moorpark farm center and pick your own fields over this past weekend due to the rain and it looks like more rain is coming today so we are planning to reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 but please check our website or Facebook page for any changes.

If you have never been to our farm before, there are plenty of great things to do for all ages. We have an animal center where you can visit with and learn about donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, birds, rabbits, cows, pigs, and horses as well as emus and alpacas. You can come out and pick your own produce – pretty much every thing that you see in your CSA boxes is available now. Or just park yourself on a bench, enjoy the fresh air, and do a little people or animal watching and then visit the farm market.

Over the years I have received questions or comments from members about the “Dirty Dozen” a list of produce that is published by the Environmental Working Group in Washington, DC.  I have often wondered how they compile data for this list, as it seemed very random to me, exactly what produce was tested and from what part of the country?  I decided to ask our own farmer Craig for his wisdom on this widely shared information, here is his response:

The EWG uses some bad science, and emotionally charged words to make a splash in the press. It is more about headlines than responsible public advocacy. Apparently any attempts to analyze their methodology have been rebuffed. Their methods for developing this list are not transparent. The list really has no relevance to healthy eating other than their contrary advice to eat more fruits and vegetables. Check out this article (link is below) and note the volume that needs to be consumed at maximum residue levels to pose any health risk. We consume different substances all the time but it is dosage that determines risk.

It appears to me that the bottom line is that there is conflicting information everywhere about best practices for growing food, but I think the consensus is that eating ANY produce – regardless of how it’s grown – far outweighs the risks of pesticide exposure.

Links to other articles:

http://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/sites/default/files/pesticides-in-perspective.pdf

http://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/dirty-dozen-list-authors-say-conventionally-grown-produce-are-best-foods/

Best,

Kim Galbraith, CSA Program Manager

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