Raphael Garden, with its raised beds, orchards, and pasture, is located at the center of the 13-acre Rudolf Steiner College campus. Raphael Garden is a fully functional, Demeter-certified, biodynamic urban farm. With three acres from Rudolf Steiner College and financial support from the Raphael Association, Harald Hoven founded Raphael Garden in 1987 and subsequently the CSA in 1993. The gifts of these institutions, together with the dedication of many volunteers and apprentices, have made possible the thriving farm you see today.
Raphael Garden supports year-round vegetables and seasonal fruit for a 70-member CSA, a large seed saving operation, and the beauty and serenity of a diverse plant and flower life. Chickens, ducks, sheep, and a cow grace the site with animal presence and products. Beehives nestle under trees near the manure compost. The plant compost rests in the shade of the olive grove. A small greenhouse nurtures tender seedlings while vegetable crops in raised beds line the slope overlooking the orchard. At the center of it all, flower beds encircle a small pond and it's melodic flow form.
Raphael Garden provides for most of its needs from within the farm individuality. Soil fertility is maintained by composted garden and kitchen waste, cow and sheep manure, and the use of cover crops and crop rotations. Biodynamic compost and spray preparations, made on the farm itself or in cooperation with other local farms, are used rhythmically throughout the seasons to enhance life forces.
Thanks to the comprehensive seed saving operation, most of the seeds for next season's crops are grown right on the farm. This sustainable practice strengthens the farm's plant life by giving plants the opportunity to adapt to the environment over generations. Enough seed is produced to sell nationwide, where it is in particular demand due to its enhanced vitality.
At Raphael Garden CSA, we have two sizes for our shares Regular share:
- Regular: $75 - $88/month (sliding scale)
- Large: $144 - $179/month (sliding scale)
Typically we recommend large shares for families, vegetarians, vegans, or if multiple people are splitting the share.
Our CSA runs for 50 weeks, starting in January and going until the beginning of December. The last two weeks in December are off, and then we start harvesting again in January.
At Raphael Garden, we grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Our weekly vegetable boxes reflect what is growing during the season.
In the cooler months, our boxes may include vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, leeks, celery, winter squash, mustard, cilantro, kale, collard greens, chard, hon sai tai (a spicey asian green), turnips, radishes, corn salad, celeriac, daikon, rosemary, arugula, and garlic, among other things.
As it gets warmer, and the Earth is able to sustain more life, our share sizes will increase. Weekly boxes may also begin to include a variety of melons, tomatoes, peaches, apples, rosehips, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, quince, peppers, beans, bok choy, and spinach and more. Payments are charged on or after the 5th of each month from January to November.
Contact Raphael Garden and CSA
Contact Raphael Garden and CSA
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