January 10, 2017
What is in the VEGGIE BOX? Salad Mix with a bit of endive, Napa Cabbage, Red Beets, Purple Kohlrabi, Kale, Arugula, Topped Watermelon Radishes and Lemons
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Mandarin Oranges, Almonds and Oranges
6 WEEK CSA SPECIAL is still on!!!!!!!
There is still time to share our half quarter sampling of our CSA program. Starting Jan 17(next week) we will be delivering a CSA veggie box plus a free loaf of bread for 6 weeks for the cost of $100 to new subscribers-and at the Edible Pedal midtown drop 6 weeks of free delivery!!!!!!!!
So far we have 12 new members from this Holiday Special. If you have friends make sure to pass on the special, and please put up the flyer in your workplace.
This Week on the Farm
Wild and wooly, the best of the rainy season. It just feels so right. Last year, and the year before felt prickly, awry, discombobulated, just a world out of sync. After several years of worrying about the long term prospects of year after year of dry midwinter’s, along comes a real gully washer. And I don’t like the inconveniences, and I worry about those who suffer from floods, and I am not happy with the fungal attacks on my crops and the other problems associated with warm wet weather. But this just feels right.
We contemplated calling off the run today, it would have been the first intentional miss of a scheduled CSA run that I can remember. But so much of our personal, internal world requires that we do what we have set for ourselves, what we have said we would do. Be that as it may, I suspect that we will be early to all the drops and back to the farm as early as possible to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a sturdy home while the weather grows wild around us. The box is full of the usual winter suspects, very green, very sweet, lots of stew and soup material, my own personal winter favorites. We lack, for the moment, the carrots, the broccoli, and the cauliflower that complete the season in a sexy way. But they are coming; the next two months should see a steady progression of all those items and the many forms of cabbage. Should be fun. Stay tuned!
The end of 2016, a notable transition year in many ways, ended on a high note thanks to all our supporters, as we paid all our bills and had some money left to put into the new piece of land that Good Humus was part of purchasing in early 2016. We were able to engage a Well Company to check out the old well on the property, remove the old turbine pump and install a new, lower power submersible pump. When this is all finished and PGE has extended power to the well a new 10 acres will enter the rolls of organic farmland. There are 50 tons of organic compost waiting in anticipation of our first planting. As I said, we are well on the way to paying for all this and will be asking the Farm Service Agency for a short term loan to cover the rest. Quite a transition in our thinking. You would think that an additional chunk of acreage would mean expansion, but I look on it as a way to take the pressure off of our home place, no expansion necessary, thank you. The planting rotations can slow down a bit, we can fallow the ground to let it recover a little more, and perhaps find the time and pleasure of a few animals entered into the rotation to help with plant residue, and fertilization. The step toward the true nature of our farm, of combining all the processes of nature, the wind and rain, the sun the soil, the plants and animals both wild and domestic, and the increasing integration of it all occurring right under the eyes of the human inhabitants, would be a great way to see the farm mature into its next form.
We start 2017 as we do every year, having exhausted ourselves in the battles of the previous year, but beginning to feel the first stirrings of human rechargeable power, that power pack of hope and will that we all possess, and so we are just starting to look at building on the many successes of last year in order to continue to move toward our goals. In the middle of all this wonderful wild weather, we yet bring out our catalogues, we repair our machines, and we project our schedule for the spring. And thus, we feel the first glimmerings of that moment in the February or March when we can look around us and say, “We are really excited about the spring!” The first time I heard that mantra was from one of the best farmers I know, my good friend Paul Muller. I was down about my career and he was worried about me not being able to find what I needed to go another year. So he said “Jeff, if you can’t get excited about spring, then it’s time to hang up the hoe.” I now use that every year to remind myself that the farm in spring, under a blue sky and a drying north wind following a long wet winter, is the best place in the world to be.
We are out of here to beat the high waters, wind, and general chaos. Stay safe and warm. Jeff