The Countdown Begins
We are just nine weeks from the beginning of the 2016 CSA. Spring is here, and just as our brown drab surroundings are beginning to bud with color, so too do our hearts rejoice for springtime. The last time many of you saw us, we were wrapping up the 2015 CSA season and hustling to get all of the roots harvested before the ground froze. It turned out that we had plenty of time, since the weather stayed unseasonably warm until after Christmas. We know this this winter has been a strange one for many of you, with scarce snow and a slow tourism season, things just weren't as expected. We hope that all of your businesses and families found joy in the abnormal season, though, and that you are as excited for new life and growth as we are.
We began seeding in the propagation house on March 7th, and with a rockstar crew of volunteers and employees, we have started over 90,000 baby plants already. Just smell of the rich soil (more on that in the bottom right panel) and the warmth of the sun from inside the green houses are enough to awaken our gratitude for this incredible lifestyle. Many of these seedlings are long-season crops like onions, shallots, tomatoes, peppers, and celeriac. That's many more than last year, because we have 12 additional acres in production this season! Part of the reason for the added acreage is our will to feed more members of our community, and the new acreage will allow us to accept more than 150 additional CSA members this year! Here's to feeding the masses while maintaining the highest standards in quality and sustainability, and please spread the word that we have more shares available.
We are then, very busy with preparing the farm for another bountiful season. We had sheep housed in the greenhouses over the winter, and they have just moved to their spring barn. They left behind a beautiful layer of fertilizer (if that's what you're into) for us to add to our compost pile. We have filled the propagation house and the first big greenhouse (Alaska) with plant starts, sanitized all of the tools and trays, and reordered irrigation and planting materials. We also completed our application to become NOFA-NY Certified Organic as early as this year. Big things on the horizon this year, friends! And in all we do, we think of our community and supporters fondly and hope to bring in the bounty. Thanks for all that you do, and look for more weekly updates in your inbox.
With Hopes for Sunshine,
Ian, Lucas, Britt, Jess, Amaya, Peg, Kiana, Andy, and Jeff
Did you know?
The unmistakeable smell of mud and earth that you might associate with gardening is actually geosmin, or earth odour. Geosmin is a terpene made by microorganisms in the soil, particularly the streptomyces family of bacteria that live in soil and in decaying matter. Some say it's the smell of rain, since water droplets disturb the soil and release the sent molecules.
Meet Kiana French, a returning FCV farmer. Kiana is a SUNY Plattsburgh Environmental Studies graduate with a love of all things food related. She is a self-proclaimed cat-lady, and is always the one to make sure our 3 farm cats are healthy, happy, and loved. Kiana comes from a family of guides and adventurers. Her dad has recently been accepted by National Geographic to make an expedition to Antarctica! No stranger to adventure herself, Kiana spent the winter in India and Nepal, where she met the Dalai Lama in person. She says it was one of the most magical experiences of her life. Kiana will be working at the CSA pick-ups in Plattsburgh this season, so be sure to say "hi" when you see her in June!