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This Week…

Hi folks! Apologies for having gone ‘quiet’ over the past week and a half. We’ve ben very, very busy planting, cultivating, installing irrigation, harvesting – you know, farming. It’s been a bit overwhelming but completely satisfying. I also having been feel a bit parental – ensuring that I have enough food to feed my ‘extended’ family (you!). Strangely, this works for me – possibly because I’m an eldest and kind of naturally gravitate to positions of responsibility or because I’ve (finally) found my true calling – farming… which calls to mind a beautiful poem by Wendell Berry:

The Man Born to Farming

The Grower of Trees, the gardener, the man born to farming,

whose hands reach into the ground and sprout
to him the soil is a divine drug.  He enters into death
yearly, and comes back rejoicing.  He has seen the light lie down
in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn.
His thought passes along the row ends like a mole.
What miraculous seed has he swallowed
That the unending sentence of his love flows out of his mouth
Like a vine clinging in the sunlight, and like water
Descending in the dark?

This Week’s Boxes
Apologies again for not letting you know sooner what to expect in your boxes. Truth is, we don’t know ourselves until the last minute.  I sort of feel like a chef when we put the box together. Going through the various crops, seeing what looks good, what’s ready, is there enough for everyone? is it too sluggy? etc. I expect this is what chefs must do – at least those lucky enough to work in places that offer a daily menu…
This week expect some of the following in yer’ boxes:
Salad greens
Carrots (yes, some are finally ready!)
Turnip greens
Spinach (possibly for the full share boxes)
The boxes will likely be a bit light over the next couple of weeks as we transition from our  overwintered crops to our spring-planted ones.
Pick Up Times this Week
Everest and I are going to town this afternoon to see a screening of “Silence at the Heart of Things,” a documentary film about an amazing Canadian fiddler, Oliver Schroer, who’s life was cut short by cancer. As a result Tuesdays boxes will be ready by 1pm on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesdays boxes will be at the stand by 7:30am.
We’ve been silent on our end but so have you. We welcome all constructive feedback. This is a pilot year for our CSA. Your feedback will help us make improvements. Please do not hesitate to provide your comments directly to us via email or phone or just stopping by. Please don’t use the Pender Island grapevine. It’s too indirect. Case in point: We understand via the grapevine that some of our radishes have been substandard (i.e. hollow). Please tell us this directly. We were unawares until we found out and are now making adjustment to our harvesting. Getting this information sooner (i.e. directly) would have allowed us to make adjustments sooner. So, please talk to us!!

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