January 2019 Newsletter

Well hello!  It has been awhile since I have sat down at my desk to pen a quick newsletter, not that I haven’t been writing. Joy and I have been keeping a farm journal, her idea, and so between the two of us, we have a running written dialog capturing our daily life.  I’ve enjoyed ascending the stairs to our second floor office with a cup of coffee in hand to jot down a few quick thoughts. It really has been a nice way to start the day.

I just wanted to say thank you to all who responded to our end of the year survey.  You shared so much great information with us and made some really great suggestions, as always.  What I heard from everyone who responded was overall deep satisfaction with our CSA program.  Most enjoyed the ease of pick ups and were satisfied with our communication over the course of the year.  Of course, we do still have work to do.  As in other years, several people asked if we could send out an email at the beginning of the week listing what would be arriving in their box to help with the weekly shopping.  In the past, I have attempted to do this but usually run out of energy for it mid season. However, this is just an excuse. I see the importance of it and pledge to make it happen.  Another point brought up by people was the lack of diversity of items during our winter share.   I totally agree with  this and  admit I could have done a better job of planning.  It also didn’t help to have those massive rains during August which delayed some of the plantings for the crops we harvest for our winter share.  It’s so interesting how events several months in the  past play out in our gardens.  Mostly though, I need to address the planning and implementing of gardens and greenhouses. Thank goodness I have Joy in my life because she is going to keep this ship floating straight and true with her organizational talents. Speaking of organizing, our gardening year has gotten off to an early and productive start.  Joy has spent a couple days in Greenhouse 1 weeding an cleaning out beds in preparation for the rapidly approaching season.  In addition, we have resurrected an old Woodmizer sawmill, more to come on this adventure.  We continue to organize around the farm like never before. I can’t even begin to tell you how satisfying it is to get organized.  Man have we found some real treasures as well!  Yeah for organization!