Hello Food Farmers,
Happy Spring! It seems that Christmas and Easter have gotten themselves confused once again, but things are hopping here on the farm. Dave has been hard at work in the greenhouse since early March, and Jeanne and our new intern Karin just started work two weeks ago. The early season transplants are looking great—the first tomatoes went into the ground in the hoop house on Monday, onion transplants are about 8” tall, and the third planting of broccoli is already a week old. It’s hard to believe that April 19th is our normal plant-out (as in, outside) date for the first broccoli; last year was the first year in memory that we haven’t gotten it in the ground on time and we decided to not even bother seeding it in this year. So with all this snow and cold, when will summer shares begin? We’re planning for a typical start-date of June 16th, but we’ll make a final judgment in a month or so and keep you updated as the season gets going.
We also have a couple of exciting announcements: First, on Tuesday we finalized the purchase of the new land across the road. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than the introduction of new land into organic farming! Big thanks to members Patricia Clure, Jackie Falk, and Kathy Ziells. Without these Food Farm leaders and their vision and support this growth would not have been possible.
Second, we just found out that our root cellar grant was funded! That was just one component to our fundraising for the project, but a very important one. We’re just developing the rest of the plan, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information.
On a personal note, Annie and I are excited to announce that we’ll be having a baby this fall! We’re thrilled to add a new aspect to life on the farm and will be glad to have a little helper around!
That’s all the news for now from the slushy wonderland that is the Food Farm.
For the farm crew,
A few days of sunshine and warmth have been interspersed with the quickly approaching cold weather of winter. Luckily enough, volunteers and the work crew at the Food Farm worked together and got all our veggies in the root cellar for the 2013 season. To me, it is almost mind boggling how this happened, but after careful reflection I believe it was due to hard work, tactical strategic planning, and the dedication of steadfast, committed individuals that made this all come together to make something so bountiful and successful.
As we clear and prepare the farm for slumber, I find it a beautiful and chilly experience that leaves my hands numb from the frost and ice that is forming. This last week we were taking down trellis that once supported strong healthy vines and plants. As we pulled out stakes, cut twine, and wrapped trellises- my feet crunched through dried basil- a simple pleasure of the smell wafted through the greenhouse. As we finish for the season we are beginning to delve into the depths of thoughts of what we want for the seasons to come. I know my hands have thoroughly loved being covered with dirt and it had begun to seep into the cracks of my fingers from working, but I can tell with the change in work, the dirt is fading.
When I am out taking care of the turkeys I am coming face to face with the remembrance that their slaughter is near. There is nothing more intense than to see the animals you have raised and cared for being taken from their building and knowing shortly they will take their last breath. As sad of an experience as it is, I feel it is such a beautiful thing to be exposed to the raw and unfiltered experience of seeing where one’s food comes from. It is quite a powerful experience.
As the sun began to set at the farm today, I looked through bright (some almost barren) and icy fields that are holding on to the last remnants of fall with the sky turning to brilliant shades of pink and orange and it makes the whole experience feel so surreal. There are moments in my life where I am utterly blown away by my surroundings and it can almost leave me breathless. This was one of them.