November 29, 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JEFF!
What is in the VEGGIE BOX? Radishes, Lettuce heads, Butternut Squash, Collards, Turnips, and Lemons
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Mandarin Oranges, Walnuts, Pomegranates and Lemons
Holiday Wreath Class at Good Humus
Saturday December 3 at 10am
Includes a farm fresh lunch and a farm tour
Holiday Wreath Class at Seka Hills
Sunday December 4 from 11pm-3pm
Contact: Sekahills.com 530-796-2810
Bits and Beverages during the class
A fun way to start the Holiday Season
Holiday Specialty Orders
Orders due by November 30
Orders will be delivered as part of your delivery next week Tuesday December 6 and Saturday December 10. Check over the list of products from our farm and our neighboring farms that you might want to give as gifts this season or stock up for your cupboards for the coming year. Send in your orders with a payment and we will put together your wish list for you and bring it to the CSA delivery site before the holidays.
This Week on the Farm
We are entering into the quietest time of the year for the farm, and one of the busiest times of the year for us, as we finish all the special orders that go along with the season. The beauty of the Thanksgiving season marks for us the beginning of the end of the year, the season of lights and warmth and friends and family and celebrations of the life we can be thankful for. While we are still busy putting out the products of the long year behind us, the sense of appreciation for all the gifts, past and present is much more evident on the farm now. Walking in the fields, or harvesting the gifts of the last warmth of the fall growing season, or watching the lowhanging sun rays penetrate deeper into the office through the windowpanes, there is just more time to reflect, to enjoy, to give thanks, to see the silent, earthy visuals of this moment on the farm.
Leaves are scattered across the landscape, creating an insulating carpet for all the life below. Today the north wind blows and piles the loosest of them against any obstruction; the tractors, the barn, the fence, the woodpile, the bread oven. But the heavier base layer, already decomposing into the brown humus that gives that wonderful damp smell, stays put, and will soon be covered by more leaf fall, and in that layer lies salvation for the life of the soil. Protection from the fiercest colds and winds and battering rains gives soil life, diminished in vigor and productivity, the habitat for the beginnings of next spring’s explosion of life. We rake leaves off the lawn areas that provide their own protection to the soil below and collect the leaves into the most special of compost piles. The dark brown, even black residue of the leaves of the oak, willow, apple, and tallow will provide a part of the compost material that we add to our spring greenhouse plantings.
It doesn’t take much to find a use for anything on the farm. With so much resource all around, it is more a matter of how to do it all, to alter the magnificent bounty around us to our use, whether it be to add to the life of the farm or to convert to another product from the farm. The really rewarding thing, the part that I enjoy most of all, is that in inviting the presence of more of great diversity of the California plant and animal life onto the farm, we give back to this place the life that it has given us, and in that balance, for today, the vitality of the farm deepens, broadens, and stabilizes the life of us all.
Thank you all for your support yet again as we enter into the 22nd year of our CSA program. It has become a central part of the use of the products of Good Humus Produce and more importantly, an essential conduit for the formation of the relationships that so enrich our lives. We see in the renewal lists names that have been there through so many years, and those names bring on the memories of other names and times. We thank all of you for that gift.
So we lost more subscribers than we would like. Does anybody have any idea why? We are pretty aware that the world is changing around us and the old methods of letting people know that we exist needs to be adjusted for the modern era, and we hope to initiate a program that makes It easier to find us online, fun by someone who is better at it than us. But other than that, do you have any other thoughts that we might be able to incorporate? With the new minimum wage and overtime rules for California agriculture set to go into effect, it is inevitable that our box price will rise in relation to the food brought in by Walmart, Safeway, and other grocery chains. We will have to be prepared and diligent about our job if we are to survive that inequity. So keep in mind that we need your feedback to get better and to insure that our service provides for your needs and meets your budget. Let us know! Until next week, Jeff