Dear members, neighbors, friends, and family,
It has been a long and quick two months since last I wrote you. Indeed, long and quick, with plenty of other paradoxical adjectives along the way. We have taken time to regroup, time for our family and time for a few home improvement projects, numerous sunny snowy and woodsy walks, and even a few hours here and there to connect with old friends in and out of town. And we have not slept in once (thank you, Sam). These, of course, were the hours that passed by so quickly.
The other hours, hours of office and computer work, drawing up a financial plan, a marketing plan, harvest projections, a garden plan, a field work plan, a greenhouse plan, a seed order – these hours are only slightly longer. Dreaming up our Farm Vision, both short and long term, is always a joy, and each of these plans helps us take steps towards achieving that Vision. When we keep our Vision in mind, we are blessed to always find ourselves engaged in meaningful work, even while toiling on the smallest and most mundane of our tasks, even in seemingly endless drawing and re-drawing of plans, even when we’re indoors and on the computer more, and later at night, than we’d prefer, and even when running through our bookkeeping to get it ready for tax season.
Many upcoming hours will be spent out of doors, breathing in the cold cold air, working hard to keep our fingers and toes warm. We’ve found a more secure leasehold on better land, to help us transition to our eventual life-long land and more sustainable business size. Because, let’s face it, income at 130% of poverty level is pretty gosh darn low. We’re incredibly excited to now have access to 10 acres of prime agricultural land, along with running water and electricity for our seedling greenhouse!
The longest, and hardest, hours of the past two months have been in pursuit of a long term asset to our Farm Vision – secure land tenure. We have been on quite the roller coaster, with some of the highest highs and steepest drops I’ve ever experienced. I’ve held off on writing this newsletter since mid-December, thinking that things will settle down and I’ll be able to write something concrete and exciting, but alas, ’tis not to be.
In mid-December, Jon and I found a property we loved immediately – plenty of arable land, lovely big stream running through, barns, and potential future house site. We put in a bid, almost signed a contract, but it ended up slipping through our fingers.
But I also experience hope – hope that beautiful, arable land is out there (if not yet for sale), in close proximity to Hudson. And, hope that funders or investors or government agencies or someone out there will work with us as our business becomes more and more sustainable economically. And, that we will all prosper under the bounty of vegetables this coming season, as Jon and I move to that lovely 10 acre parcel with a three year lease and a seedling greenhouse already set up with electricity, running water and a heater that does not require stocking it with wood at an unbearable hour of the night for all of March and April (!). It may be a temporary step, but it is a helpful transitional step, as we continue our journey towards our ultimate Farm Vision.
You may find our current commitment forms on our website, www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup/. If you cannot access our website (technical difficulties abound), please email us for the forms – email@example.com. We’re in the process of moving our website and adding meat and egg shares from other farms, plus online payment options, so stay posted!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year,
Jen, Jon, and baby Sam