The potatoes are in. 600+ pounds of Yukon Golds, Norlands reds, Russett Burbanks, and two fingerling varieties. Every seed potato is carefully cut into pieces – each with at least one eye, set on racks in a protected hoop building until the cut side is callused over, then carefully placed one foot apart in 275 foot rows. Because we now have a furrower attachment for the three point hitch on the little Ford 8N tractor, this job is so much easier than previous years when every long row was marked and dug by hand. This year all the potatoes were planted in two ½ day stints.
The onion plants also arrived by delivery truck and in one day all 6500 plants plus a few hundred more cippolinis we started from seed were standing in formation in the field.
The sugar snap peas and shell peas have also been seeded in the field.
And while our fields are all plowed, disked and ready for final prep and planting, we have been holding off a bit because of all these at or below freezing nights – just last night another HARD frost – 28.0 on our thermometer – way too cold for anything but onions and peas. Hopefully this is the last winter hurrah because our greenhouses are full to bursting with transplants all all kinds.
On Thursday, we built another greenhouse. Constructed of locally sawed second grade lumber and our stock panel design, it is the best looking house yet – and nearly filled already with basil, kohlrabi and flower seedlings.
Two of our intern yurts are also up – and Kristin and Dale – have begun working their summer schedules of three and four days per week at the farm.
Because of holding off on field planting, we’ve been able to get a lot of ongoing farm chores accomplished – like mucking out the laying chicken pen, re-configuring and fencing the goats and soon we’ll begin re-assembling the children’s playground donated by our church – as a playground for our goat kids. It will be great fun watching them race up and down on the different levels.
Speaking of goats, we are now milking five – Didja, Mamba, Mantra, Mezzo and Stormy. They are all also feeding their kids – twins for all except Didja and Mezzo with singles. We bring in about a gallon or a bit more of milk into the house every morning – to drink and make a variety of soft cheeses like chevre, feta, cheddared curds, and fromage blanc. Someday, we hope to build a small dairy and offer goat products?????? Dreams, dreams, dreams.
We are looking forward to a really busy week – lots of planting in the field – all the early radishes, turnips, greens, lettuces etc, as well as more seeding in the germination house of watermelons and cantaloupe. And we need to build two more housing structures for the next farm apprentice/interns who will arrive mid May.
So….. back to work………………….
Robin and Gigi


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.