I'm sitting in a quiet house - no kids, no husband - looking out at the front field. It looks good to me. It would probably look good to anyone, all covered in a blanket of short green on this foggy morning, but to a farmer it also looks like my husband did a darn good job of getting in the fall cover crops. They were planted at the right time, at the right seeding rate, and they all came up beautifully. I see ensured fertility for next year's CSA vegetables. I see healthy microbe populations eating up freshly incorporated rye, oat, pea, and vetch crops doing their job as 'decomposers' and returning organic matter and nutrients. Then those trusty little blooms of microbe populations die when all the cover crop food is eaten up, and their little bodies give our CSA crops even more goodness. There's a lot going on down there in the dirt that is easy for us to take for granted, or worse yet, over look and inadvertent sabotage because we don't have enough knowledge about soil. Dirt. We need it around. That's what we're doing as organic farmers, trying to keep it, and keep it good.
And to move on. Winter CSA!!! Don't sit on the fence! Don't mourn farm food all winter! Don't wander aimlessly picking up food that you have no connection to in the Wegman's aisles! Join the Winter CSA! We would if we weren't running it. Remember - in the winter CSA there are 2 One Bag Sides. So, you get to fill TWO Sweet Land Farm bags at each distribution. Distributions are every other week. The full details are on the website - www.sweetlandfarm.org. The first distribution is Wednesday December 7th.
Thanks to everyone who responded to our year end survey! We really appreciate the feed back.
I hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving,