This is a great post (complete with photos) from Jessie. Last year she was a volunteer on the farm. This year we plan to pay her for some hours. That this post’s title references one of my favorite songs about the apocalypse makes a good thing even better.
Sure, it’s winter, but we’re busy planning and preparing the farm for the imminent growing season. (We’ll be flush with seedlings soon!) I started working on the farm last May. I met Mike and Gheda more than ten years ago and our lives lead us down different but occasionally convergent paths. I am very glad to know them and I am perhaps even more glad that they have started the farm. It has been a joy to come by every week and spend time with my friends and young Milo and work on the farm. A slightly back tweaking and at times a sweaty joy, but an absolute joy nonetheless.
I also got to meet and work alongside other interesting and kind people. They were funny as well, which is a bonus when you’re looking at crates of shallots that need to get in the ground or rows upon rows of tomatoes that need harvesting.
Even when it was just Gheda and me at the harvest, there were plenty of other friends. Chickens and squirrels as well as dogs and call the farm home. I crossed paths with a praying mantis and witnessed a spider and wasp playing tug-o-war. Additionally, we met some new insect friends (some might be seen as pests, sure, but aren’t we all?) there was an enchanting group of gluttonous beetly creatures who could not get enough of a specific roma tomato and the strikingly metallic green bee-like creatures that were hanging out under the shade of the cottonwoods, checking out the raised bed of just-blooming herbs. (The less said about the two great aph-lictions the better.)
Once again the farm is expanding and we are looking forward to our little community growing. The idea of community is important to all of us and there is little I can think of that bonds people (and is as fun) as sharing work in the field. Our vision and scope of the farm is not only leaning towards building on our own farm family but also giving more to the greater community. In our planning, we increased our plantings to include food grown for donation to add to the donations made at the end of market. We’re looking into other ways we help get fresh vegetables to folks. There will be more on this in the future, as we suss it out.
Socially (as well as on the educational front), we’re planning monthly demonstrative dinners by Chef Ryan and other events. Last year we had a few dinners, but it will be good to see everyone more often. Of course, the accomplishments of hard work are reward in themselves—not to mention the delicious veggies!—but the dinners are delightful evenings with storytelling, fantastic food, and the potential for an impromptu music session.
While I am usually found quietly reading a book or writing some part of a story in my head and not saying much (although there are times I am sure Gheda would like me to shut my beet hole), I find it is easy to relax the brain and be more social amongst the rows. I’m looking forward to having additional company in the field, and I am curious to see who I will meet this year.
We have had the information up on Facebook, but it’s time we put it here. Below is the sketch of what our CSA Paid and Barter Memberships will look like. There are more details, but those can be learned by contacting us.Here is the general info for our CSA:
Pay for Veggies CSA: $550 for 21 weeks or $300 for every other week
It includes veggies for 3-4 people, a class and light farm dinner once a month, and discounts on plants and flowers.
Barter CSA: This involves committing to 5 hours of work per week for 21 weeks. Mostly we need harvest help on Thursday and Friday but there are other week days that would work, especially before the market season starts. There is also a possibility of helping at the market on Saturday.