|Picnic Tables Under Snow|
January came and went in a flurry. With light, fluffy snow, we were finally rewarded for all the cold we’ve faced. And February is starting off much the same. Snow is an annual replenishment with which we are privileged geographically. It is easy to forget its importance when shoveling out the driveway. Recently, an environmental and water resources engineer friend of mine reminded me that during spring, the melting snow seeps into the ground, recharging our shallow aquifers. Snowmelt is “particularly important in the northeast where our aquifers offer relatively little storage capacity.” This is good stuff to remember when waiting to get into the field in the spring.
In other news, though later than I’d like to admit, we have finished our crop plan. In about a week, we’ll begin work in our seedling greenhouse—a very exciting and climatically exotic proposition right now. Meanwhile, inside the office, grants are out, and we patiently wait.
Some things are certain, if not yet in full detail. We will be distributing our food to more people next season. Adding new CSA distributions and models, we’ll be working with the Greenfield Senior Center, Greenfield Gardens and expanding to Turners Falls with a boxed CSA. We will again be working with Shoestring Farm, Lyonsville Farm, and Fat Rabbit Produce to grow for the shareholders of the Common Wealth CSA. All in all, we are excited to broaden the reach of our produce.
In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find a more detailed summary of farm happenings adapted from Aaron’s report to the board on January 15 as well as another great piece from regular contributor Ceacy Henderson. Director Jay Lord offers up some interesting numbers and I, in too-typical February fashion, resort to baked goods, sharing my much beloved buttermilk biscuit recipe.
Bread and Roses,