Red Planet 2020

Happy New Year!

As many of you know, 2019 was a year of radical changes at the farm and in my life. And as we start a new revolution around our star I find myself still in the process of taking stock and tying up loose ends.

I started managing the farm myself after ending a partnership of 18 years. This allowed me the chance to realign the farm practices with my ideals. I planted more intensively on a much smaller area, basically less than half the acreage we were using before. Beds were prepared and maintained using only hand tools. And there was a greater sense of cooperation and community building in general, despite the challenges we faced.

When the main season CSA of 2019 ended, I picked up some off farm work to help keep me afloat (kind of) while also giving my body a break. It left me no time to run our winter CSA program. Instead I am focusing on finishing the expensive work of separating and establishing my new life.

As I start the process of planning the year ahead for the farm, I look forward to continuing to work with my apprentice Kendra, and am looking for an assistant manager for the CSA. We will also be working on new partnerships to make use of the land where I am not growing crops.

By the time spring comes, we will have so much to celebrate. And Kendra and I have already started talking about how we want to kick off the growing season this year. In the meantime, you can sign up for your CSA share right here.

I can’t wait to hear from you! And to everyone who joined me last year I want to express my deepest gratitude for your kindness, support and friendship.

6 thoughts on “Red Planet 2020

  1. Hello dearest Catherine. This was news to me, and I am sorry that your relationship has ended. However, I get from your note that you are doing fine, which is great, and that life is good! I’m happy to hear it.

    It’s also swell with me. Ann has moved to Attleboro, Michael returns to RI on the 6th to go to the closing of the property (FINALLY) and return to CA with his car (driving with his brother Ron). I’m very happy to be reunited with him full-time after this last year and some apart.

    I am working for Mendocino County, and hope to get a better job soon, which I’m pretty sure will happen. Doing it for a pension, which this county still offers. I had worked for them for four years before I left, so bought my time back and will vest in 6 months, and then 5 years from then can start taking it. I will probably work the five years so I can delay my social security and put more into the pension. I’m very excited. I love being back in this community, and can’t wait until we can buy a house here.

    Sending big love to you for a wonderful new year.

    Hugs and love,

    Bobby (Bhavvy) Ducharme

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    1. Great to hear from you! and yes the challenges are real but not overwhelming when the direction feels right. Love to you, Michael and Ann!

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  2. I can uncross my fingers now!! So glad to hear you are back at it, and better than ever. I won my fantasy league this year, so you won’t have to wait for my first deposit. If you can think if any way I can assist you, don’t hesitate to ask. Badass farm birches rule!!!!

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  3. Congratulations Michelle! Come by the farm sometime! I’ll let you know when I’m out there.

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  4. Happy New Year, Dearheart! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful things 2020 has in store for you and Red Planet!

    P.S. I already signed up for my CSA share…:D

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