Week No. 20 – 2011 Season

How healing, hope come from food, in Community Supported Agriculture

All day, I thought about each of you. I went about my farmwork: weeding cool season crops in the “old” high tunnel greenhouse; bolstering corners of the greenhouse against cold; covering spinach, turnips, kale, carrots, radishes, kohlrabi against frost; pulling up tomato stakes, putting machinery away. It just doesn’t feel like the last week of the 20-week season. Farmwork calls to me every day of the year. Yet in my heart I felt that painful dread that comes upon me when I must tell someone good-bye. I wondered what I could say to you that would bring you back to us again? That’s selfish, isn’t it? Yet I assure you this farm, this family needs every single household that supported us this year, and then some, to survive. 

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Week No. 19 – 2011 Season

Lessons from a shared season, nurturing roots and movements

Brilliant scarlet, orange, yellow – like turning leaves before they fade to cold darkness. Days shortening now, many autumn sunsets find me in a tractor seat, thinking about Nature’s colors and changes. Mowing spent corn stalks. Harvesting sunflowers. Working up soil to plant winter wheat. Dismantling the beds for 3,500 tomato plants.We’re still digging sweet potatoes, still tending fall crops, still combing frosted vines and plants for any vegetables the recent plunging temperatures missed (or we saved). Yet everywhere we feel Nature shifting, turning, bending our world toward winter. Like the tired plants and seeds, we feel ourselves slowing, withdrawing from the vibrancy of summer garden and field.

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Week No. 18 – 2011 Season

Week of volunteer visits makes community come alive at Scotch Hill

Angels descended on Scotch Hill Farm this past week. Amazing feats were accomplished because of them. Longtime friend to our CSA farm Sue Pastor brought a dozen students from an environmental studies class she’s teaching at Edgewood College in Madison. They toured the farm, then helped harvest tomatoes and begin the long fall task of dismantling tomato beds. A trio of Beloit College students came, too, helping weed carrots, chard and lettuce, and harvesting tomatoes, as worker shares. Park Ridge subscribers and friends Anne and Dorothy helped package vegetables and make goat milk soap. Courtney and Sarah from Madison have become like family to Dela and me, in their weekly work visits this season. Three-year subscriber from the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago Lindsey stopped in to help a second time this season on his way from a business trip to Madison

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