|To our 2022 CSA Members – |
We will echo Tom’s sentiments as we thank you for your support with our great experiment last season! We took a big step in agreeing to manage the Farm in Tom’s absence and are both glad that we did. We loved getting to know each of you who visited the Farm and farm stand regularly. We learned more than we had expected, not only about farming and running a business, but also about ourselves.
After much conversation, we’ve decided to return to our familiar roles as volunteers at Hope’s Edge. We’re looking forward to being able to give our home gardens and families a bit more attention and may even set up a multi-family farm stand with our home-grown produce. Wherever our paths lead, we both still intend to remain connected to the Hope’s Edge community. Perhaps you’ll join us on this year’s volunteer crew!
While this marks the end of the Hope’s Edge Farm CSA and farm stand, our neighbors at Hope Orchards are hosting a growing CSA and farm stand as well. Kyle and Anna are entering their 3rd year of running K&A CSA and are like-minded in their intentions to build soil and community resilience through farming. If you’re interested in joining another CSA, we hope you’ll get in touch with them.
Happy Spring! We are grateful to know you.
Rachel & Jason
This is it! The final week of the 2022 CSA season. Can you believe it is already here? I certainly can’t. The season went by in a blur, but has had it’s share of highlights. I’m feeling a lot of gratitude, so wanted to reflect on all that went well.
While not all of our experiments were successful, some produced great results. We learned quite a bit and have been making notes about what to repeat in the future. We have a list of successful interplantings (scallions and lettuces were perhaps #1, with trellised cucumbers and parsley a close second) and our mixed cover crops provided great coverage and lots of mulch each time we cut them back. We’re looking forward to seeing what the soil feels like in the spring when the full effects of this boost in organic matter should begin to be felt. I’m grateful for all the insects and microbes that work so hard to build the soil in this way!
Despite the incident with the sheep and the chard, the chard made a comeback! It grew back more beautifully than before. We were thrilled to be able to include it in the final two CSA distributions and it’s looking like there will be plenty to continue to stock the farmstand for the next few weeks.
Our little student-built farmstand at Sweetland School turned out to be a great way to introduce the neighborhood to Hope’s Edge produce. We saw many long-time customers, but also met some new ones who hadn’t previously known about us. We are grateful for the student builders as well as our many loyal customers! It took a lot of labor to keep this little stand running each week, but the community response made it feel worth the effort. (Admittedly, we are relieved to relax into the on-the-farm farmstand location for the remaining weeks.) We’ll be open daily from 7am-7pm in the CSA shed. We hope you’ll visit!
Speaking of the students, we have been continually grateful for the energy, enthusiasm, and tremendous help the Sweetland students provide at the farm. Each week they arrive, ready to tackle whatever projects we’ve planned and often additional ones that we hadn’t dreamed of getting to! Mondays are always fun, productive days and we are so glad to get to spend them with this amazing group.
Finally, a huge hug of gratitude to all of our wonderful CSA members. You were all willing to take a chance on us this season. Your support, encouragement, and presence at the farm truly made this all worthwhile. I’ve loved getting to know each of you in the little moments of passing. You’ve shared stories, ups and downs, excitement and exhaustion. Thank you for being an integral part of the Hope’s Edge Community. We couldn’t do it without you!