We are writing to introduce ourselves and to tell you a bit about our shared vision for Hope’s Edge Farm this 2022 growing season. We are Jason Rawn and Rachel Olsen and we will be overseeing the farm in Tom’s absence, while he embarks upon a cross-country bike trip. We are both excited to continue what Tom has begun here and are hoping to be able to provide you with the same level of quality and thoughtfulness that you’ve become accustomed to receiving.
Both of us have been involved with the farm in varied capacities for multiple seasons. Jason has spent many seasons in the fields and as handyman and farm equipment wielder. Rachel has spent two seasons in the fields and at the computer, as the writer of your weekly farm emails. We both value permaculture principles and have a deeply held respect for the land and the many gifts exchanged in partnering with it.
This season, we plan to reestablish the CSA on a smaller scale. We will be offering 35 CSA shares on a first come, first served basis with one pick-up day each week. Our hope is to also open the farm stand on a second weekday, so those who prefer to self-select vegetables and those for whom we are unable to provide a CSA share can also be fed!
We recognize that we are taking on a lot and will certainly be missing Tom’s presence, so we are trying to equip ourselves with a robust support network. We’ll be calling upon several long-time volunteers for harvest assistance and advising as well as on Rachel’s husband and daughter for help wherever needed. In addition, we are hoping some of you will choose to join our team of weekly volunteers!
We are seeking 4 additional volunteers willing to commit to 4 weekly hours of work in exchange for a CSA share. This work could be in the fields, at the sink, at the farm stand, or wherever your unique abilities and interests intersect with our goals. Like a monetary investment in the farm through CSA membership, this work commitment provides us with a dependable team to ensure that the weekly harvest is achievable. Many hands make light work! Please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We thank you all in advance for your support as we embark upon this new season. We look forward to being in community with you through Hope’s Edge Farm!
Jason and Rachel