The Nitty Gritty Dirt May 27th

Yes Virginia, there are still shares available at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm.  When we first started, there were 17 CSA farms listed with Land Stewardship Project.  A few years later there were 33.  This year there are 60.  It is a wonderful problem to have, so many farmers growing so much good food.  What this means is that we could use your help getting the word out.  "Like us" on facebook.  Tell your friends to check it out and JOIN NOW!!!!!!

We are offering a Great Share and a Good Share, two sizes this year.  We also have meat options available.
Our first share will go out on June 16th.  Watch the blog for more updates.   

Here are some pictures of what has been going on over the last few weeks at the farm.... 
Although it is impossible to tell, two of our interns are clothed in what they call their Oompa Loompa suits.  (Ask someone who has seen the original Willy Wonka movie.)  Liz and Elizabeth are checking the hives to make sure the queens have been freed from their little cage and successfully adopted by the colony. 
This is some of the build up that was attached to the covers inside the hives.  Amazing mathematical perfection.  Those bees sure know how to construct. 

The first things into the field each year are potatoes and onions.  Robin is setting out small chunks of potatoes that were previously cut up and allowed to callus over before being planted.  Next, she'll walk along the row pushing dirt over them with the sides of her shoes, and then walk on top of the row once to pack it down.
After a fortune spent on propane to heat the greenhouses, the days are nights are warm enough now to no longer need supplemental heat.   The cabbages along with some others are the first to be transplanted into the field.  Karla counted over 4000 transplants that were planted on Tuesday.  Robin counted over 3000.  We'll see who is the better math-a-magician.

This little two-wheeled wonder is a seeder.  The seeds go into the red hopper and fall out one at a time as the seeder is rolled forward.  We string out twine along the planned rows and keep the seeder on that line to try and keep the rows straight.  It makes weeding and harvesting easier later on.

Karla is refilling the seeder with peas (I think)

These round bales of hay mulch were delivered just in time.  Our crew of interns put the mulch down between the rows of onions.....25 rows of it.  They did a great job, knowing that if it got done before any weeds grew in between the onion rows, we would have to weed them all before we mulched. 
Nice job guys!


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.