Our 2017 CSA season starts this week and we are excited to see all our members again! It has been a strange and eventful winter for us so we are ready to be back in our farm routine.
A run down of our winter:
-the warm and cloudy weather was both nice and awful. We really enjoyed not having to dig the tunnels out this year to plant and we were able to plant out a week earlier than usual but when it came to actual growth, the plants really just sat there without the sun to help them along. Every time we feel like we are ahead of the game, something always comes up to keep our ego in check-I suppose that is a good thing :)
Climate Change really showed its colors this winter, between our warm weather and the west coast's flooding after years of extreme drought, the American food system is struggling. You may have noticed the lack of greens from california at your supermarket or the transition to hydroponic greens spurring up all over. It is more important than ever that we find ways to eat locally and sustainably if only to reduce our dependence on foreign markets and massive imputes in systems that are more about control over a product than nutrition or taste. We are happy to be able to serve our locals healthy food that reflects both our region and climate and be able to grow that produce in a way that promotes diversity in our local ecology and builds our soils for future generations to prosper from. We also feel blessed to be surrounded by people who value food as much as we do and choose to support us so that we have the opportunity to do what we love.
-I am pregnant! We are really excited to share that our farm is growing a kid this year, not just produce. haha. Due in late Aug, I will be waddling around the farm enjoying all the produce and beauty and dreaming about our new addition helping out one day. It has already been an interesting journey-learning not to lift 50lb bags of compost and loosing confidence in my balance; but all in all it has been fun to feel the changes in my body, the baby getting bigger and watching all the new growth on the farm as well.
-that being said, we hired interns! Kristen and Soraya will be helping us out this year. They have recently completed the farm beginnings course through LSP (land stewardship project) and are gaining some experience here before they become great contributors to the local food movement themselves. They are energetic, observant, extremely kind and thoughtful and we feel blessed to have them with us this year. Please say hi if you see them around the farm :)
Our tunnels are full of produce and our greenhouse is bursting with micro greens and transplants. We can't wait for CSA to start again! We are looking forward to hearing all about your winter and plans for this coming summer season and to just see your smiling faces in our market again.
The farm stand will probably open the last week in April, but I will post an exact date on our website so stay tuned.