October 25, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Arugula, Radishes, Kale or Collards, Leeks, Salad Mix, Parsley, Turnips and Potatoes
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Apples, Pomegranate, Persimmons and Ground Cherries
THE LAST CROP film is FINISHED!!!!!
Where: Brower Center Berkeley
Date: October 27th
Time: 6:30 PM
This film produced by New York Documentarian Chuck Schultz is about our family farm and how we are trying to make it affordable to the next generation of farmers. Chuck was part of our landscape in all seasons, in some of the major events of our lives, the crew working the farm and the challenges of writing a document for future generations to keep this farm farming. There will be a panel discussion about the plight of the small family farms and what is happening to them around the world. We are all excited that the film is complete so this piece of work can be shared to help continue the discussion and find solutions to the problem of farm land affordability and how to keep young farmers on the land.
The first west coast showing will take place in Berkeley and we invite you to join us, and tell your Bay Area friends to join us too! To view the trailer and reserve your ticket visit www://thelastcropfilm.com/ or you can simply order your ticket at http://bit.ly/2dEpErf/
There will be a panel discussion with Dave Runsten from CAFF (Community Alliance for Family Farms) as moderator
Ø Andrea Davis-Cetina Quarter Acre Farm & National Young Farmers Coalition member who has lost 5 different leases over past 9 yrs
Ø Evan Wigg, Executive Director, Farmers Guild who has lost his lease and for now has stopped farming
Ø Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director, Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust
We hope to see you in Berkeley this Thursday October 27!!!
This Week on the Farm
Farms, Farms, Farms. Here in California they are all around us, and in spite of massive losses of available farmland, they still appear to be limitless. Nobody in our region has to drive too far to view 360 degrees of agriculture. Perhaps 50 to 100,000 new acres, never before irrigated, will come into production in the hills and marginal agricultural areas of our northern part of the state in the next few years as the investment money that propelled the expansion of corporate agribusiness amid the largesse of the federal and state financed aquaduct systems looks for fertile new areas to invest in that don’t rely on the increasingly regulated trickle of water that makes its way to the laser leveled fields of the San Joaquin. Increasingly, in Yolo, Sacramento, Colusa, Sutter, Tehama, and Glenn counties, these export oriented agribusinesses become our farms, become the farming life that populates our vision beyond the suburbs. In our business oriented community, these farms are investment commodities that are bought, developed, worked for profit and sold as the income to the investors, foreign and domestic, waxes and wanes in response to international political and financial trends.
What is the effect on the community that exists in the shadow of all this? Well, we can ask the people of Firebaugh, Five Points, Huron, Fresno, Fowler and Kerman, the people of some of the poorest counties in California. Would they reply that they are a developed people living in a developed landscape, in a developed region? After 60 years of agricultural prosperity, we could ask “How is your water?”, “How is your food?”, “How is your life?”, and for many of them the answer would be an anger or a hopelessness, directed outward at anything nearby.
But we are different, we hope. The times are different, the people are different, the rules are different, and the technology is different. What is the same is the constancy of the pressure brought to bear on the sustaining systems, both human and environmental, by the exploitative nature of international investment agriculture, and the determination to use every means at their disposal to achieve their goals.
What stands as a different view of the future is a human community invested in place and time, proud of their work in creating a viable habitat for themselves that pays attention to the well-being of the environment around it far beyond its strict use for their own goals. The small and large family farms of this place are part of that vision of the future, and like the community are rife with all the imperfections and misadventures of the human conditions. By working together, by being part of each other’s lives, by being educated and aware of each other’s strengths and foibles, that community retains its strength and resilience unique to its time and place.
Now this small family farm, Good Humus Produce, is a pretty good representative, as good as any other, of that impossibly complex, chaotic, affirmation of the potential for humanity as community. To get a pretty good view of what that means in the day-to-day world of Good Humus Produce, come on over to the Brower Center in Berkeley on Thursday evening and enjoy a few hours of listening to some parts of our story. Our kids, our dreams, the farm, the people of the farm, the problems and what we face in the future…they are all there. And after the film there will be a panel with several of us discussing our futures and the transition of our working farms to the next generation. This film is only a small picture of one family, place and time, but rest assured it is not unique. And, if the lessons of the past are of any value, the strengths and weaknesses of this farm, commingled into the strengths and weaknesses of the community, are our best chance for creating a future unique and sustainable for this time and place. Have a great week~Jeff
This Week on the Farm from Annie’s View
It is raining-and your box is filled with green fall crops-not one summer veggie in there today! You may get kale or collards, but they are both young and tender thinnings that can easily be quickly cooked. The white turnips are small and also very tender, great just sliced in salads, which brings us to thinning the lettuce and your first lettuce harvest of the fall. So many transitions happening around here once again, it is the change of the seasons. The biggest changes from season to season and the crop differences is from summer to fall, and spring to summer. With the summer moving into fall bringing us greens, and the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are starting to tire on the vines with the weather changing cooling, and the days shorter and now some moisture the summer produce they are not producing much.
Ali and I spent all yesterday getting beds ready spreading compost, roto-tilling and shaping the beds before the rain beings, getting beds ready to plant the flower starts that are sitting waiting patiently in the greenhouse. Her last big effort of getting the ground ready for planning what will bloom in the spring. Then Ali left last night for Boston on a red eye to spend the winter with her boyfriend Shaun and back to her life before flowers-we were all sad to see her go, but her 8 months were up, her experiment in the flower business was complete-hopefully just complete for this year, as she knows there is lots more to learn! Now we all were changed from her time here, my flower business got a shot in the arm, we added a new farmers market, new flower accounts were made, renovated old flower accounts, planted some new flowers, planted more plantings of flowers during the summer-thus lots of changes. The garden and farm as far as the flowers are concerned look a lot different, there is now a new perennial section in the field, leaving space in the garden (where the perennial once lived) for more annuals and potential seed saving beds. It is great to rotate clear and clean spaces, and fill them up with new energy. And now I will see how I will continue, keep up, manage and hold to the changes or not? Have a fun all hollow’s eve time this week~Annie