The first seed orders have arrived. Visions of green and red bell peppers, orange blossom tomatoes and purple basil are dancing in our heads. The first group of lambs were born, 11 so far, and within a week or so there will be goat kids and then more lambs in late March. The soft maple trees have been tapped and the driveway ice has melted into mud. Spring is definitely here at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm.

It’s time NOW to sign up for the 2010 season.
Outside the house, the snow covering the fields has started to melt and the ground beneath is waiting. Inside the house, the wood stove is warming as we spread the seed catalogs out across the table. The first seed orders are here and our list of intern/apprentices is growing, including two who will be returning from last season. It’s exciting to think of the potential for the new season just ahead and we are looking forward to your partnership in the farm again this season and seeing you visit the farm.

The 2010 membership form is available below, to copy, print and mail to us, or copy and email to us. EVEN IF YOU’VE BEEN WITH US BEFORE, you MUST fill out a new form completely. It is the only way we can keep our records and emails accurate. We are not planning to expand the number of vegetable shares offered this year – 100 is a good number for our land to support and our farmers to work. We have already received several new shareholder/members – so if you are planning to join us again – don’t wait too long! You will be added to the list and receive a confirmation email when we receive both your membership form and your $$$. Your canceled check will be your receipt.

This winter at the farm has been wonderful. We have loved all the snow - providing protection and moisture for the fields, good snow to cross-country ski on, and beautiful to look at. We’ve managed to get away a couple of times for skiing and hiking this late fall and winter, but now we are staying put as the ewes started lambing and the goat does start kidding in mid March (or earlier by the looks of a few of them). We sheared sheep at the end of February and from now on – it is all farm/all the time. We had help tapping maple trees from new intern Kristin and returning intern Dale, and will begin cooking sap down in early to mid April. Seeds will be sown from late February through spring. It is a wonderful time for a spring visit with baby animals and the farm waking up all over (even with the mud!) You can see baby critter pictures up on the blog, but seeing, holding, hearing and smelling the actual newborns in person is amazing. Just give us a little notice and come for a visit.

The Cookbook, in which we are one of the featured CSA farms – (that we spend so much time writing about last year) is nearing publication. We will be signing books at Sur La Table in Edina sometime in May – the date is yet to be announced. There will also be an opportunity for each of you – our shareholder/members – to purchase the cookbook at a reduced rate. Oh by the way – OUR BOX OF VEGGIES (same as the ones you received last summer) – is the cover of the cookbook! We’ll keep you posted as we get more information. Also the Saveur magazine article featuring our farm will come out in April. So look for that too. We just found a picture of the cookbook cover
on line. We haven't seen the inside yet but we think the cover LOOKS GREAT!

Robin and Gigi
Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm


Use the addresses to google or mapquest or look up the drop site from your particular location. Keep in mind that the folks at the drop sites are volunteers, allowing us to use their space (and in some cases, their homes) as drop sites. Be nice to them. We couldn't do this without them. If you have any questions about your share etc., you should ask us, not them. They have enough to do....as do we all. All deliveries occur on Thursday afternoons. Approximate drop site times are listed below each location. The end times vary but you should pick up your share as early as possible. Look for the NITTY GRITTY DIRT FARM DROP SITE signs at your delivery locations along with lists to check your name off when you pick up, and a description of exactly what you should take.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm
10386 Sunrise Road (Cty Rd 9)
Harris MN 55032

35 north past North Branch to the Harris Exit. Turn Right.
Go into Harris, cross RR tracks to stop sign. Turn Left
Go 2 blocks to County Rd 9, also called Sunrise Road. (at Heartbreakers Bar) Turn Right. Farm is 4 1/2 miles out on left side of road. Look for Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm sign.
Shares available from 3:00 to 6:00

United Theological Seminary 3000 5th Street NW, New Brighton MN 55112
694 to Silver Lake Road exit. Go south to 5th and turn west (right). Go three blocks to UTS. Follow driveway (left) to the maintenance garage at the far north end of the parking lot. Shares available after 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Pilgrims United Church of Christ
8801 Rice Lake Road, Maple Grove MN 55369
Just off of Weaver Lake Road across from Rice Lake Elementary School. Use main church door. Shares available from 3:30 to 6:00.

Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis
NW corner of Cedar and Riverside. Park on Riverside or
in lot behind the cafe.
Shares available after 3:15 PM until 6:00 PM

Vincent Avenue
3646 Vincent Avenue North, Mpls MN 55412
1/2 block north of 36th Ave N, and 2 blocks south of Dowling. Park on the street. Shares available after 3:30 until 6:00 PM

Additional drop sites may be added as shares are sold. Drop Sites are subject to change but plenty of notice will be given and alternate sites will be within close proximity to the original drop site.


Robin Raudabaugh & Gigi Nauer

Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm

10386 Sunrise Road

PO Box 235

Harris MN 55032

(651) 226-1186


Also Nitty Gritty Goods Wool CSA
Robin Raudabaugh

We are a 15 acre Community Supported Agriculture farm providing a wide variety of fresh, organically and sustainably grown vegetables, fruit, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken. Located one hour north of the Twin Cities, we deliver to several metro locations. We are intentional about our organic and sustainable farming practices which include (but are not limited to): maintaining soil health through green and animal manures, compost, mulch, cover crops and crop rotations; Organic Pest Management to naturally monitor, prevent and control insects and other pests; maintaining animal health and well-being through the use of portable and loose housing and pasture rotations. Owner/operators Robin Raudabaugh and Gigi Nauer provide over 30 years experience in fruit, vegetable and livestock production, education and customer service. Our primary goal is to build community, relationships and personal health and well-being around good food and the intentional living that creates it. We’d love to have you join us.

Not every day is like this but we try.

Not every day is like this but we try.

Not every day is like this either.

Not every day is like this either.