The fact that my last post was July 9th says something about the season we had. Coming into the spring of 2013, we had a new irrigation pond, a new road, a new hoophouse and a bit left to pay on all that awesomeness. I thought we could save a lot of money by not hiring anyone for the summer, and making up the difference with workshares. Which might have been enough, if it weren’t for the the fact that we were working with the same tools we’ve been using since our farm was around 5000 square feet. It’s nearly 3 acres now.
I ended up getting sick for most of the month of November. Time to remember that we got into farming in order to live a more balanced life! Of course money concerns can pull us away from what’s really important, and stress can eat away at our reserves. But what a treasure it is, New England winter! Giving me some time to reflect. Not much you can do in the garden when it’s like this.
I am insanely grateful for our CSA members and workshares for their help and understanding. And of course, now that the ground is frozen and covered with snow, I miss the long days in the field, and the endlessness of vegetables needing picking. This is that same spot in November:
Today I sent out a survey to all of our main season CSA members (it will come from email@example.com, and if you don’t get it by the solstice, email me!) Please fill it out! We need your feedback as we plan our coming season.
Information about our Early Spring Mini CSA has been updated. And soon I will do the same for the main season CSA. There are Early Bird Specials for each.
Over the years, early CSA payments saved us from having to dig out the credit card for things like seeds, row cover, and potting soil ingredients. This coming year, we need them to do that and more. I’m hoping we can get enough early payments to afford to FIX THAT TRACTOR.
Here it is getting dragged to the barn.
We couldn’t afford it last winter. So the growing season got into full swing with just the tiller, hand tools, and as many helpers as we could find. All of us getting worked too hard, struggling to keep up, and breaking down occasionally. As the months passed we considered a fundraising dinner or a kickstarter video to raise the money, but there was never time. With your help we could get the tractor running, and purchase the appropriate implements for the farm that we are today.
Could you be an Early Bird and help us get ready for the spring? Join the Early Spring CSA before the end of January and you can take 10% off the full price, or a credit for 4 dozen eggs you can use at your own pace. Full price is $150.
Join the Main Season CSA before the end of January and you will receive a credit for 10 dozen eggs that you can use at your own pace. And there are other incentives in the works. Full shares are $500, half shares $300. Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Matt at email@example.com.