From GLORIA DECATER
Live Power Community Farm→
I have been caring for and milking cows for over 30 years now. In addition to pigs and chickens, they are my favorite animal, I adore them. Routine, rhythm, and consistency are very important to cows. They want to eat and get milked at the same time each day and they have their spot in the barn where they stand when they are eating. If another cow should take that spot by mistake, they will get very worried. The maximum milk production comes from regularity for them. Change is hard for them, they will adapt, but it takes a little bit of time. So for humans, we have to learn to adapt to change. Being a Taurus myself, to even think about changing our sorting system was incredibly challenging and a bit scary!
So I want to thank you all for considering this change to our delivery system after 17 years! And thank you for all the wonderful responses, suggestions, and offers of help! I believe we have come up with a plan for the moment that should take care of everyone’s needs and interests. And if it does not, we will adjust where we need to so that it will take care of everyone.
I plan to arrive at Martin and Debra’s home at 1101 West Clay St at 5 pm on Tuesdays with one of our apprentices to help with the sorting. I will stay until 6:30 or 7 till all is done.
There will be a list of the vegetables and amounts posted on the tables as well as a list of all members to check in.
You will have various options:
- You can arrive anytime from 5 pm to 6 pm to sort your own basket
- You can arrive at 5 pm to help sort for other members (We will have a sign up sheet so we can be as efficient as possible.)
- OR You can come at the usual time of 6:30 pm or later and pick up your basket which will have been sorted by others, me included.
If you have ordered fruit, rice, or grains, they will arrive by 5 pm so that everything will be available to take home.
At this point we have 4 volunteers who have offered to help with the sort, and as we get started I am hoping that others will also sign up.
It will be most important that you bring your empty basket each week and leave it in an orderly fashion on Martin and Debra’s porch, not on the lawn. If there is not a basket available, the vegetables that week will be put in a bag as we have done from the farm.
The first delivery is Tuesday, May 4th. If you have not contacted me to sign up, please do so soon, or let me know what your plans are. May 4th is less than 2 weeks away. And if you know of other folks who might want to join, please let us know. If you need me to resend the sign up forms, please tell me. THANK YOU!
I am currently applying for a Food Stamp machine so those who have food stamps can use them for a basket. If you know of someone who might be in this situation, please let them know.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Thank you!
BACK to the FARM
The weather this spring has definitely been challenging with the rain, snow, hail, sleet, clouds, and sun coming and going! Just as the ground gets dry enough to work, it rains again so we have to rush to get things in the ground before it gets too wet again. Not that we are not grateful for all the rain! Stephen has changed his planting plan due to the wet ground.
With all the rainy days we have been able to do some much needed clean up, organizing, and there have already been 3 school class visits! We are finally getting a hoop house built that we can use next year to protect an area from the weather and have earlier crops. We are putting metal skids on it so we can move it from place to place with the horses as we need to. The ceiling on our walk in had deteriorated from water leakage, so that was rebuilt and painted inside and out. The leaks on the old cold frames have been patched, and netted covers have been made to keep the birds and chickens out. That is just a few of the things we have been up to!
Looking forward to seeing you all Tuesday May 4th!