Hello from the farm. Wow, is this warmer weather giving anyone out there Spring Fever? Check for this lady! Yesterday I went out and dug the seeding greenhouse doors out of the snow. (A sunny, warm, springy experience in itself). Then I took some time checking over the propane and electric lines that power the greenhouse heater. Once satisfied that they had survived the winter thus far I fired the heater up (named the "Hot Dawg" by the manufacturer.) It worked! Hallelujah! First try! I won't start seeds until about the , but I wanted to make sure that it worked with plenty of time for repairs to be made if needed.
As many of you probably know, Sweet Land and about 6 other farms in the area are partnered with co-operative extension in a wonderful program called Healthy Food For All (HFFA). Basically the program provides subsidized CSA shares at half the price of regular shares. The participating farms raise all of the subsidized money through various events, most notably the Harvest Dinners. This program helps make fresh, healthy, local food accessible to more people. I am very thankful that our farm is part of the program. This year Sweet Land is allocated about 25 of these shares.
To that end, the HFFA shares are now available for purchase. If you, or anyone you know would like to sign up for one, please go to the HFFA website:
On this page there is a list of all of the participating farms, including a link to the Sweet Land sign up.
People can also sign up for a share, whether a HFFA share or not, using food stamps. If you want to do this, go to Greenstar and tell the cashier. They should be able to guide you through it. Please send a copy of your receipt, WITH YOUR NAME ON IT to the farm. This receipt is the only way I know what you have paid, as Greenstar does not keep books for each farm.
I'd like to send out a big THANK YOU!! to everyone who has signed up for a share this year. Your support is heartening and makes this whole CSA turn.
I'll email out a hello and how things are coming along here at the farm in a couple weeks. In the mean time, enjoy what life dishes up!