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A Visit To The CSA. May 28, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Politics and Society.
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I recently accompanied Susan to her CSA, a Community Supported Agriculture farm in which she owns a share.  Her investment provides her with generous weekly bags of beautiful, fresh organic vegetables throughout the growing season, as well as cut flowers and value-added products made on the farm.

This is a really cool place, special in that it’s not only organic, it’s set apart from the petroleum-fueled world by the South river, the only bridge being scaled for pedestrians.

All of the farm work is done by hand and by horse; manual labor weeds the beds and manages the gardens, and all of the heavy work, including plowing and tilling and hauling loads, is accomplished by horse power.

And that’s why we’re here today – Gus, a working horse, had a leg problem, which Susan has been attending to, and she was here on a follow-up visit.

We cross the bridge to this little Utopia, leaving the noise of the twenty-first century behind:

…and enter a world of simple yet elegant machines:

No gas tanks here, just hay fields and pastures.

And the “parts shop” doesn’t smell of oil and degreasers, but rather of hay and sweet manure:

Susan was here to dig deep into Gus’s  leg and loins…

“Say what???…”

Yeah, Gus, you heard that right, and you’re gonna love it, trust me.

Susan leaning into it…

…and Gus loving it:

The result was that Gus, expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks, was back to work in two days, and has been productively pain free since his therapy.

Susan is something of an animal empath, and gets a great deal of satisfaction from this aspect of her work.

And she loves being a part of this beautiful endeavor:

We’ll be back, and we’ll keep you posted on what happens next.


1. Bob - May 29, 2010

Wow. You get to do all the coolest stuff, Cuz.

And take wonderful pics of it all!

2. Tammy McLeod - May 29, 2010

Great job of chronicling a journey. I like the photos of the horse and the farm.

3. Bobbie - May 29, 2010

A community farm is such a great thing. Love the photos.

4. pagan sphinx - May 30, 2010

Nice pics, Ralph. I suppose Susan doesn’t need that big block to stand on when she’s working on you! 😉

5. littlebangtheory - May 31, 2010

No, my futon is just the right size. 😉

6. UM - May 31, 2010

Aw, this was such a fun and cute little piece to read through — thanks! My favorite photo is the one of Susan peeking out from being Gus, who appears to be closing his eyes in utter ecstasy…hehehehe. Very nice, 🙂

PS — kind of ruined it for me with the last two comments guys, but eh, I’ll let that one slide from my consciousness…

7. nannykim - June 2, 2010

So very beautiful! What nice photos!

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