Back from the summer “break” and already we are running around like crazy so this will be a quick newsletter. The time off was too short and we worked far too much, we did have some nice dinners out and slower afternoons but we are going to have to rethink how to actually make it even slower. Now we are back at it trying to get caught up and into the swing. The staff is back too and are ready to go, after a good long week off. Today was tomato picking and turkey moving. The rest of the week there are more fall crops to plant, peppers to pick and plenty of regular maintenance chores to take care of. The dry spell is really getting noticeable as the cover crops are not growing as they should and some near the tree lines are really stunted. The creek stopped running last week and we will have to start pulling water out of the upper pond soon. Perfect weather for peppers as long as we keep them irrigated.
What’s up with the early newsletter? Betsy and I have to leave for the airport at 4:30 in the morning to fly to Wisconsin. Not exactly the week we would have planned to be gone again but we are receiving the Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture and thought we might ought to be there to accept it. We are very surprised and honored to have been even nominated for such an award and nearly speechless (well almost, you know Alex). The award is presented by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, the USDA’s effort at helping to make agriculture more sustainable. “This award recognizes producers who have explored ways to make farming more profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities, and have served as effective educators”. We are always amazed when anyone recognizes us for what we consider everyday farm work and the outreach we do to anyone who has questions. On top of it there will be an embarrassing amount of publicity about it including an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered with Melissa Block on Wednesday afternoon. We won’t be back until Thursday late so Rachel and Will will be taking care of Wednesday market and the farm along with Joann.