Matt wasn’t sure we should do the Early Spring CSA this year. We’ve been working really hard for the past year and a half, due to the big move. But we had a delicious break around Christmas and the New Year. And we love growing in the cold months.
It’s the new moon, the Imbolc Moon. Which means we are at the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Time to prepare for the return of the light. Which we are doing quite literally.
Joe Notorantonio is back with the excavator. And those orange marks on the ground are where the posts for our solar array will go. Before that is built, we have to have trenches dug to bury the electrical wires. Going forward, the farm’s heating and cooling and ventilation will all be solar powered!
While that work is paid for with the solar grant we received, we are also finishing some very expensive work on the water lines and putting in an abatement meter. During the serious drought we had last summer, when our irrigation pond was emptied out, we were using city water to keep the plants from dying. Of course none of that water went into the sewer system. But Narragansett Bay got paid as if it did. We can’t let another season of that happen. Installing this meter is not a small project.
I can’t say enough how grateful we are for our CSA members. I wrote about how we needed members to pay for their 2017 shares as early as possible and you have been doing that. I asked if there were any graphic designers interested in helping us develop a logo and was flooded with responses from people willing to trade their skills for vegetables. I don’t want every post I write to always be asking for your help, but I guess that’s where we’re at these days! Jeez, thank you for even reading this!
So join our Early Spring CSA as soon as you can. This CSA has always filled up fast. But it also will help us make sure that we can get all the work done this winter that will make the rest of the year run smoothly, and the farm become truly sustainable.