What’s been going on!
We had a good visit last Friday when Josh Volk the farmer/author of Compact Farms, his new book from Storey Publishing that we are honored to be included in, stopped by the farm. Focusing on farms under 5 acres in production it is an interesting look at how these small operations are putting it all together in different parts of the country. There is a mix of young farms and old established ones.
As you walk around the Farmers’ Market, with many of the booths filled with the same kinds of produce, it is hard to know how things are done on each farm and how it looks out there. That is part of the reason we have written this newsletter for 14 years is to give you a peek at what daily/weekly farm life is like.
There is always change in the farm community and it is particularly evident in the newer small farms coming along. When we developed our systems we had to invent the wheel in some ways as small scale tools were not really available, similarly there was little information on how to farm sustainably. Now there is a plethora of information, sources and inputs that we could only dream about.
In all businesses there is a tension between sustainability and profits, especially so on a farm where we are managing a natural resource. We have always tended toward the former to ensure some of the latter. Newer farms, under pressure to generate dollars to pay for loans and improvements, tend to use more disposable plastics and rely on convenient bagged fertility sources or commercial compost that really were not available to us decades ago.
While we tweak our systems all the time we are happy with how we have put our pieces together and have been successful in building a sustainable operation which, we think, is why we are still in business after all these years and have been able to bring Jennie on as a partner to carry those ideals forward. As my good southern Mother used to say “there is more than one way to skin a cat(fish)”, we like to think our way is best.
Picture of the Week
Spring flowers in a nutshell, delphinium and campanula on the way, poppies on the wane
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