…topsy turvy tidings and an update from the farm.
Hello Farm Friends,
Wishing you warm greetings. These days, we are all feeling our familiar patterns and routines turned upside down and inside out. While social distancing and without our annual seed swap and Pi(e) Day festivities, it feels strange not to be gathering with our community to share the excitement of the change in seasons. We’re missing our visits, joyous conversations, and anticipatory early season farm tours. As the pace of springtime quickens, we are socially still in our depths of winter behavior: snug inside, warm meals, books and paperwork and phone calls with friends. The farm, however, is moving into spring just as it should be. There is now a lengthening list of springtime work to be done: soil blocks being mixed and made, seeds to start and little ones to pot up or plant out, beds to prepare and mulch. Our first batch of chicks is scheduled to arrive in two weeks and hopefully three bum lambs soon too. And, of course, the sudden re-awakening of all of the invertebrates and first hints at spring bird migration have us frequently looking to see who just flew (flitted, scrittered, or squirmed) by. Life is humming along and all around us are things to delight and take comfort in: familiar bulbs popping up and ready to flower, tree buds swelling, grass growing greener, days growing longer, meaningful work to do.
At this point we are still planning to open up our farm stand this spring with fresh greens from the field and greenhouse, probably in late April. We will make several modifications to our traditional market set-up in order to minimize risk and promote the safety of our share members, customers, and farm crew. We’ll be discussing with our share members possible alternatives for improved/preferred methods for distributing produce. We are paying close attention to how the situation is progressing and as new information comes out are looking to a number of different farm advocacy and food safety organizations for guidance. We are working hard to be prepared and remain flexible in order to do what’s best for our community.
We will keep in touch with further updates as they become available, and, as always, please feel free to email/call with any questions or concerns. If you are experiencing food insecurity or need assistance in purchasing our produce, please contact us about our discount farm shares.
Over these past few weeks, we have been thinking of you all while we put our hands in the soil. As always, though with particularly acute significance now, it is such an honor to grow food for you and your families. Take care of each other and stay well and stay home. We’re looking forward to sharing the season with you.
With love and gratitude,
Trish and Jeremy
P.S. We’d like to share a list of things that have brought us joy these past few weeks. And things that may offer some helpful diversion while you are at home with your wifi.
The Peace of Wild Things, a poem by the venerable Wendell Berry
The No Regrets Soil Health Primer, a delightful wormhole of resources to explore and learn from.
Universe in Verse, a beautiful conglomeration of science and poetry, truth and beauty.
…and with a nod to the imminent and eagerly awaited spring migration, here’s our Migration Riddim agrarian mix.
*Re: social distancing, Although Jerm is entirely onboard with the functionality of social distancing in the present situation, he deeply dislikes the semantics of the term.