At the autistic group homes/farm where I work, it has been a good week. We harvested 270 pounds of Crowder peas on Monday and Wednesday. Staff and client plus farm staff – 18 people. It was awesome and interesting.
We are providing for a 48-member CSA (community-supported agriculture group). I do not know personally who is in the CSA. I have never met them. I do not have a personal relationship with the CSA members like I do with our CSA members and market customers.
At my job, I have been sowing cover crops of rye, hairy vetch, crimson and ladino clover to boost the organic matter in the soil and provide nitrogen for the 2013 crops.
I need to be doing the same thing on our farm.
While I am away at my eight-hour day job for paycheck and insurance, Jenifer has been trying to keep our farm running basically by herself. She has done an awesome job in my opinion, but even when we were working in tandem, our farm requires three full-time people.
We have been growing organic vegetables for 23-plus years. We have been raising broilers and laying hens for about 17 years and five, six years of pastured pork off and on.
We made the mistake of going year-round to the farmer’s market about six years ago. That is a heavy burden.
That country song about how it is finally Friday, free again, has always bugged me. Fridays have been prepping for market until 10 or 11 p.m. and then up at 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays.