This is our last week to harvest and pack your 2013 Winter Shares. I want to thank everyone who joined us, we were fully subscribed which means a lot to all of us. Your commitment as CSA members is a cornerstone which gives stable employment to a majority of our workers year-round, providing a healthy continuity for the ongoing operation of the farm. Whether it’s work in the field, the office, selling at farmer’s markets, making CSA deliveries or fixing equipment, there is always much that needs to get done. With Winter now almost behind us, I am happy with the sampling of produce we were able to offer albeit rain, cold and sometimes freezing weather conditions. In March we are taking a short break from CSA deliveries, focusing our energy to organize and prepare for the regular season kicking-off on April 3rd.
Spring is one of my favorite times of year, I am looking forward to savoring the season’s first strawberry, the orchards are about to burst into bloom, first the Quince, followed by plums and apricots, then pears and apples. As the farm springs to life, so does the pace of work and we always hope that natural conditions are gentle on all the vulnerable young growth. In farming, we all depend on a vast and rich web of interdependencies. It starts with the weather, the health of the soil – i.e. all those oft-forgotten soil organisms – the seeds, the equipment, the many dedicated and skilled people working in agriculture, and continues through to all of us who are nourished not only by this farm but by the entire surrounding foodshed.
Live Earth Farm is built upon the generosity of others and this interconnected support structure. We want our farm to be a place where everyone can experience first hand a direct connection to the source of their nourishment and the seasonal cycle of nature.
This year we’re kicking off the Spring Season with our 4th Annual “Sheep-to-Shawl” event on March 23rd. Don’t miss it, it’s a unique, fun event for all ages. Also, throughout the Regular Season, starting in April, our Farm Stand will be open again on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm, and we’ll continue to host our popular Community Farm Days on the last Saturday of every month (mark your calendars April – November). These community days typically include u-picks, family field activities, farm tours, and hands-on educational programs. And of course we want everyone to join us for our two main seasonal celebrations; the Summer Solstice Celebration on June 22nd and Fall Harvest Festival on October 26th. Plenty of opportunities to enjoy a day out on the Farm at Live Earth in 2013.