If you know anyone that may be interested in our CSA program, please don’t hesitate to pass the sign up sheet along to them!Another exciting iron in the fire: Our Workshare program! We are still designing the intricacies of it but it involves trading labor or the fruits of labor! Take the dollars out the equation and the distance out of the trek, see and participate firsthand in the cultivation of your food! More details to come. Send me an email if this is something that you would like to know more about, and I will add you to future emails on the topic.
We were also lucky enough to jump off the winter with the quick purchase of a Farmall 140 hi-clear! It is a lot smaller than our Case 695 and great for weeding between plants in the field. It is designed to ride through the field with its tires in the aisle and its body clearing the tops of the crops (hence the hi-clear). Needless to say, Jim and I have high hopes for this new piece of equipment. We are hoping to reduce time hand-weeding with deft sweeps with this delightful beast. We haven’t gotten to use it yet, but were quite pleased with our luck, finding one in such good condition so quickly.
We are also preparing our application for organic certification. We are collecting records and saved receipts, writing up our Organic Farm Plan, refining field maps, and generally getting all our ducks in a row. We plan to submit our application this spring and will hopefully be inspected this coming fall. Very exciting!
Beyond that, Jim and I have been working on our business plan—the keystone document of Whistling Wolf Farm. More than ever, now that Jim has joined me in this family business, we need to be sure we are on the same page and that both our aspirations and goals are on the horizon. What better way to do that than laying them all down on paper and mapping a path to them. I had such a satisfying experience with writing and working on the business plan in the past, I can’t wait to share the fulfillment with Jim. The feedback loop it provides is almost as rewarding as a tomato to let you know you grew the plant right (almost).
Miss you guys!