Our farmers are busy finalizing their crop plan; working out schedules and interviewing candidates for seasonal staff; ordering compost, supplies and other amendments; sifting through piles of seed catalogs to pick the right varieties for the upcoming season; and much, much more. This is also the time for confirming and setting dates for proposed programs, having strategic planning discussions, and attempting to get to all of the projects on our lists before the really-busy season gets into full swing.
Things are fairly quiet outside on the farm these days as the fields rest under a thick blanket of snow that just keeps coming down. However, I would like to dispel the myth that there is nothing to do on a farm in the winter because inside our warm offices there is still plenty of work to be done!
This is also an incredibly exciting time of year! If you are a gardener (and perhaps even if you are not), you know the thrill of receiving a seed catalog in the mail in the middle of winter and poring over the colorful pictures of tomatoes, peppers, radishes, etc. that make your mouth water and yearn for the bountiful days of July and August.
The future is bursting with potential and we are working hard to make sure that potential turns into another great season full of tasty produce; fabulous conversations with members, volunteers, and program participants about food and farming; children playing (and learning) outside in our Learning Garden; and the satisfaction of providing mental and physical nourishment to our community.