Spring Has Sprung

After nearly no winter weather at all, we welcomed our new apprentice crew on April 1, and promptly got slammed with 6" of snow and 12F at night! I guess, that's what we call "farming-in-New-England-in-2016!" Despite this weeks' cold weather, spring is in full swing, and we are springing along with it - getting our machines ready to work in the fields, filling the greenhouse with hopeful seedlings, and eagerly looking forward to sowing seeds in the ground next week.

Our new crew ("John and the Double Rebeccas") are settling in nicely, and we are getting them oriented to the faces and spaces that make up Brookfield Farm. On Wednesday, we introduced each of them to one of their tractors and we are sure it won't be long before Rebecca is harrowing up the Middle Field, so that Becca can pull the grain drill and sow oats and peas, while John begins spreading compost on our early green kale, cabbage, and broccoli field. 

The question on everyone's mind (as usual), is whether the unusually warm winter will have any effect on our growing season. While we are sure it will, we never can be sure just how.  Certainly things are ahead of where they were last year at this time, but anything can happen (and it usually does). In other words, welcome to being a CSA shareholder - Where your food is actually the result of a living, breathing farm, being worked by living, breathing people. We are excited for the opportunity to connect you to this life-affirming process and hope that you will enjoy being a part of it as much as we do.

I will be in touch with you periodically via email to keep you up-to-date with what's happening here at the farm (and any related events that might be of interest). I have also updated our calendar on our website so you can check out our plans for the coming season. And, if you are so inclined, you can also stay in touch by "liking" us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and on  Instagram  where we post pictures of current activities around the farm. If you are a new shareholder, you will receive a Shareholder Handbook at the beginning of May to let you know what to expect for the coming season.  We also encourage you to come and help out anytime on the farm - just send us an email and we'll tell you how to plug in.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

Looking forward to a great season ahead

Your Farmer,

Dan (for Karen, Abbe, Zoe, Becca, John, and Rebecca)