Sunday, March 29, 2009

Community Supported Agriculture

We are so excited because this summer we get to participate in the CSA program. Some info from the CSA website: A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA.

We paid about $300 and we get a box of veggies from a local Nebraska farm for 20 weeks in the summer. I love the idea of CSA because you are supporting local sustainable farming, you get great food that hasn't been covered in pesticides and hasn't been shipped from another country. If you would like to learn more about CSA farms in your community visit this website.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Our first tornado

On Monday we experienced what I have been waiting for since moving to the midwest. A big fat tornado with thunder, lightning, wind, rain, hail, sirens, everything that is awesome. It actually wasn't that exciting. But Monday afternoon it started raining like crazy and then on the radio they issued a tornado watch, and then it turned into a tornado warning. There is a myth in Lincoln that tornados don't ever touch down in the city because we are in a bit of a valley, I don't know if that's true, but I've heard it from lots of people. Anyway, they upgraded to a tornado warning and as we were watching the rain outside suddenly the sirens went off. That means get to the basement. So everybody headed down to the basement with a radio and then just waited for the tornado to pass. It never touched down in the city, but touched down about 7 miles out of the city. It created some serious hail and made my afternoon interesting. So we are officially mid-western-ers, had our first tornado, and lived to tell about it.