We’re looking for a volunteer!

Community Supported Agriculture, CSA

Helena Local CSA   —   Administrative Volunteer Job Description

Are you passionate about sustainable agriculture?  Are you organized?  Do you have good communication skills?  Helena Local CSA is a 3rd party, multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture initiative that serves the Helena, MT  area and we are looking for a part-time administrative volunteer who will provide administrative services in exchange for a 26 week produce and fun food share.

Hours:  5-10 hrs/week on average
Dates: February – December with flexibility; priority being the months of May through November

Duties include, with the help of other Helena Local CSA volunteers:

Maintain CSA membership: check P.O. box, update membership forms each season, keep track of shares sold, enter member information into spreadsheet or database, deposit checks

Maintain CSA email and communications/inquiries regarding membership

Perform annual nonprofit filing with MT Secretary of State & IRS 990-N form

Lead efforts to advertise CSA in newspaper/radio/Facebook/Craigslist

Organize CSA board meetings & prepare meeting agenda

Maintain CSA website/FB page/Twitter account

Place weekly CSA order over course of Summer and Fall share seasons (25-26 weeks total)

Help set up and break down the CSA pickup location each Tuesday during the Summer and Fall share seasons

Help maintain booth at Farmers Market to sell CSA shares in spring and late summer

Recruit volunteers to help with CSA tasks as needed

Skills required:

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Access

Knowledge of Gmail platform preferred

Knowledge of WordPress platform preferred

Knowledge of Square online sales platform preferred

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds and move 8 foot folding tables preferred, but not absolutely necessary

Compensation:

26 week Produce and Fun food shares

To apply or for more information, send us your resume and a letter of interest and tell us why you want to be part of a growing local food movement!  Email to   hlcsainfo@gmail.com   or mail to    Helena Local CSA   P.O. Box 1341  Helena, MT  59624    Apply by February 28, 2018.

2018 Summer CSA shares are now available!

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It may be the middle of winter, but some of us are looking toward summer already.  If you are excited about fresh, locally grown produce, then you’ll want to check out our share page and sign up!  We’re offering 20 week produce shares for just $15/week.  We also have egg, cheese, milk, and fun shares.  Best of all, you can pay online.  We have 60 spaces available, so don’t wait to sign up!

Cheese & Fun Shares are SOLD OUT!!

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Hey fellow locavores!  We’re sold out of Cheese and Fun shares for the 2017 summer CSA season.  But there’s a little bit of good news:  if we have more interest, we’ll start a waiting list and if there is enough interest (i.e., we need to sell 6 more of either share) by the time we stop selling shares May 31st  then it will happen!

We still need to sell some milk shares.  We have to purchase milk in gallons by multiples of 4 (we’ve sold 3) and we have to purchase milk in half gallons by multiples of 6 (we’ve sold 3).  If you are interested in fresh milk this summer–think HOMEMADE ICE CREAM–then this is a great way to get it.

We’ve still got plenty of produce shares available–so if you have a friend who wants to try their hand at local, seasonal eating this year, tell them about us!

As always, thanks for choosing to eat like a local.  We will see you June 6th at the Lewis & Clark county fairgrounds!

2017 Summer CSA Shares update

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We’ve already had questions about signing up for next summer’s CSA shares!  We appreciate your enthusiasm for supporting local and sustainable agriculture in western Montana!

For current and recent members, expect to see an email in the coming weeks about signing up.  We will most likely be adding some changes to our share offerings, so there may be something new that intrigues you!  More details to follow, so be patient as we work out the details.  For now, if you are joining us for the 2016 Fall Share session, we’ll see you next Tuesday, October 25th between 11am-2pm at the Lewis & Clark County fairgrounds.  If you are not joining us for the Fall Share, then we hope to see you again June 6, 2017, when our Summer Shares begin again!

Member-shared recipe for peaches

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Things have been busy on the homefront this summer, which is why there have been no new blogs in weeks.  However, a member sent this recipe along for grilled peaches and it looks delicious!  I thought I’d share it with you.

Cedar Planked Peaches

Ingredients 

4″x 7″ Outdoor Gourmet Cedar Grilling Planks, soaked for 1-8 hours; the longer the better!

A couple ripe peaches

Fresh sage and thyme, or your favorite fresh herbs.

Directions

First: Soak Cedar Grilling Planks for 1-8 hours. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high (350°).

Then:  Slice peaches in half, remove pit and rough chop herbs.

Next: Place cedar planks on grill with peaches sliced-side-up and sprinkle with herbs. Close lid of grill then allow to smoke and smolder for 11-14 minutes.

Finally: Carefully remove from grill and enjoy as a side dish, over a salad or just as is! It’s just that easy.

Things to do with your share from Week 2

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We got a great share this week–the strawberries are always a nice bonus.  And even though they had a rough ride over, they taste delicious!

If you need some ideas on how to use garlic scapes, a quick internet search will yield several recipes, so check out some of my links below.  I do the same thing with mine every year: I make garlic scape pesto.  And lots of it:

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This is my batch I made last year.  The beautiful thing about the pesto is it freezes well.  I grow garlic in my own garden, so I had several pounds of scapes with which to make my batch of pesto.  If you’d like to try making it yourself, and are adventurous in the kitchen, here are some guidelines.  If you want to try the varieties shown in the photo above, click here.  The beautiful thing about pesto is the recipe does not have to be exact.  Add a little, leave out something, a pinch of this…it’s totally adaptable to your tastes.

Not into pesto?  Chop up a few garlic scapes and add them to your salad.  Or, chop them into 3-4 inch lengths and stir fry them in a little olive oil.  Cooking them brings out their sweetness, similar to roasting garlic.  You can grill them, roast them (then smash the roasted scapes on a piece of toast with butter!), blanch them and freeze them for later.  Throw them on a pizza.  You can make hummus or dip–go crazy and experiment!

My plans for this week’s share include a salad using the red lettuce and a few green onions.  I’ll add to that radishes and some sprigs of dill from my garden.  For Father’s Day I’ll use green onions, kale, some garlic scapes, and the ricotta cheese and Italian sausage I got with my fun share to make lasagna.  I’ll make angel food cake for desert–to be served with strawberries, of course.  I’m so excited CSA season is here.