A bit of news from the farm and a reminder to sign up for 2017 now!
Rainy day greetings to you all...
I don’t know about you, but we’re growing weary of winter storms, sleepless nights spent listening to howling winds, regular flooding from Cummings Creek, and a long list of things to worry about this time of year. We're riding it out with as much grace and good cheer as we can muster, making time for self care practices like good food, meditation, and yoga that help us cultivate gratitude and equanimity. I feel like the child in one of Clyde’s beloved books who asks over and over, “Mama, is it summer yet?” Our greenhouse, now teeming with young veggie starts, suggests that summer’s abundance is just around the corner. And in the pastures, the grasses and clover are sure starting to grow tall and green. All this water should make for a very productive growing season!
With that in mind, it’s time to send in those member agreement forms and secure your share for the season ahead. We’ll be extending the St. Joseph’s Hospital pick up hours, making shares available from 11a till 7:30p. I will also be sending reminder texts on pick up days for every shareholder willing to provide me with a cell number. We are talking with our friends at Humboldt Bay Coffee Co. in Old Town, Eureka about offering an additional Tuesday/Wednesday pick up option in their tasting room. Stay tuned for details if you think that might work for you or a friend. Member agreement forms are available here.
Remember, we can take many forms of payment, including cash, money orders, checks, credit cards, and even EBT!
Southern Humboldt shareholders, connect with us at Organic Grace in Garberville this Friday, the 24th, from 10:30 to 11:30a. Please pre-order ghee, stewing hens, or whole broilers so we can be sure to have what you want! We’ll bring whatever veggies we have available, including winter cabbage (great for kraut!), purple sprouting broccoli, and brussels sprouts. All these things are also available for everyone else direct from the farm. Just make an appointment!
Our winter work load has been quite manageable thanks to the dedicated help of our first oxen apprentice, Spencer. Rain or shine, cows need milking, ox stalls need mucking, and the sheep, cattle, and layers need fresh pasture and care. Spencer hails from Massachusetts and this ultra wet winter has really been an adjustment for him (and probably for all of us!) He’s got a little extra time on his hands before the season gets going in earnest, and he’s looking for some extra work, preferably close to the farm. If you need a qualified handyman for indoor or outdoor work, Spencer is good with a chainsaw and all power tools, takes direction well, and has an eye for detail. He charges $20/hour for odd jobs and no job is too small or too big. Just give us a call at (707) 215-4000 or e-mail, and we’ll put you in touch.
Love from your farmers!
Melanie, Kevin, and Clyde