Posted 5/5/2014 1:03am by Melanie & Kevin Cunningham.
Greetings from the midst of May Mania!
We love this time of year. The days are long and bright, affording us plenty of time for planting - onions, potatoes, winter squash, lettuce, broccoli, and more! - and other important early season work. The grass is lush and green, which means the cattle and sheep are well fed. We have 2nd and 3rd graders from Hydesville and South Fortuna Elementary Schools visiting to participate in farm life for a couple of hours. And soon, our plates will be brimming with the first rewards of our labor - spinach and arugula salads, juicy sugar snap and snow peas, spring sweet onions, over wintered leeks, and eggs with yolks a deep earthy gold. Life is good!
Our first vegetable CSA distributions will be begin the first week of June, just a few short weeks from now. In addition to on-farm pickups, shareholders can pick up pre-packed boxes of organically-grown goodness from Fortuna on Tuesdays and Garberville on Fridays. Shareholders have access to garden surplus for canning and preserving projects and get first dibs on other farm products like our pasture-raised eggs, chicken, and turkeys. Is a regular share too much produce for your small or busy family? Try our half-sized garden share. It's not too late to reserve your spot by sending in a commitment form.
Want to see our farm in person? Please come visit on Sunday May 18th, from 2-4p for a farm tour and meet your farmers event. We're excited to show you the garden and animals and share with you some of what makes us unique as a farm. We'll introduce you to our oxen team, Tex and Joseph, and show you how they respond to voice commands. It's a family friendly event, and you are welcome to bring anyone interested in possibly joining our CSA or just checking out a local farm. All are welcome, especially the little ones. Farm treats will be provided.
We hope to see many of you here on the 18th. To find the farm, travel east on Highway 36 about 7.5 miles from the 101. We are the driveway on the right, just before the new Carlotta fire station. You will see our mailbox marked 7914, as well as a yellow traffic sign with a black fire engine on it about 100 feet before the driveway. Once on the driveway, stay left, cross over Cummings Creek, and look for parking on your right.
Now off to bed... your farmers,
Melanie & Kevin
Our ecology and our food systems are simply a visible manifestation of all the value systems, or thought processes, of every individual in the culture. One person, or one organization, or one group cannot fundamentally change things. It's the collective understanding of many that moves things from peripheral lunacy to cultural shift.
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