The Late Harvest

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It was a dark and gloomy Friday, and I really did not want to get out of bed. This type of weather makes me want to reach for a book and get lost for the remainder of the day, but alas, there is work to be done, vegetables to be picked, and a world to be saved! I hope you all are staying safe and dry with this inclement weather rolling in, and my thoughts go out to those on the coast, sending hopes and vibes of safety there!

This week on the farm, we FINALLY got all of our fall transplants in the ground. I am way behind schedule on all that, and am really REALLY excited for the day where I don’t feel like I’m always flying by the seat of my pants and farming reactively as opposed to proactively. I have a whole lot of ideas as to what sorts of systems I can implement in order to increase productivity and efficiency, and I have a whole hell of a lot of ideas as to what NOT to do in the future based on this years mistakes. As an example, I am beginning to make weeding a much bigger priority, dedicating an entire day every week to that sole task, as it improves the quality of the produce and the quality of life on the farm! There are a bunch of strategies I plan on implementing as well, such as stale seedbed preparation and pre-emergence flame weeding that I will be scheduling out for the seasons to come that will make the take itself more efficient. These sorts of things are being implemented right now, and honestly, these sorts of systems planning is what really gets me fired up! I’m a systems thinker as it is, and I try to be very logical and methodical in all aspects of my life, and when you boil it all down, farming is just about developing systems that work harmoniously and holistically with the farm, the markets, the enterprises and the farmer (and his/her friends and family). I’m a nerd. Farming rocks.

This year ain’t over yet, though! These late plantings are starting to flesh out, and I invite you to come out and see for yourself at the Winecoff Market tomorrow from 8am to noon! I regret to inform you that the NoDa Farmers Market has been CANCELLED tomorrow due to Matthew. Our Matthew is sad that he won’t get to see you tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll have radishes, arugula, okra, peppers, tatsoi, pak choy, mizuna, mustard, kale, and of course, farm-fresh, pasture-raised, non-GMO eggs! I hope to see you there!

I want to thank you all for all your continued support. This first year of farming full-time and trying to make a successful business out of a crazy dream that entered my mind about three-and-a-half years ago has been pretty hectic, stressful, exhausting, yet extremely fulfilling. You all are what keeps me going when the going gets tough, because it’s for you, my friends, my family, and my community, that I want to grow delicious and nutritious food, so that you can have an option for the most basic fundamental of life that is both good for your body and for the environment. For your continued support, I have installed a button on my website that enables one to make a donation to Street Fare Farm. I know that I can make this a successful business, but, as they say, it takes money to make money, and, unfortunately, farming is inherently capital intensive. As mentioned above, I have a lot of ideas for ways to make my operation that much the more successful, but many of these systems will require new tools, and these tools cost money, so if you like what we do and want to continue supporting our efforts in sustainable agriculture, please visit http://www.streetfarefarm.com and make a donation in any amount. Thank you for choosing Street Fare Farm!

I hope you all stay safe and dry, and rest assured, I’ll be getting rained on enough for all of us. Have a great week, and I hope to see you soon!

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