Lineage Farm May Newsletter – Flowers and more! – starting week of June 13th

After a wild March move, a wet spring, and an early summer,
we will be starting our harvests the week of June 13th.
Hope to see you then!
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Season Starting!

MAY UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

Greetings from a growing farmscape!  We had a few hot hot hot, dry dry dry weeks in there, which came to a fantastic close on Wednesday evening with the rumbling, flashy entrance of a downpour and thunderstorm.  And oh did those vegetable plants appreciate it!  I wish I had a photo to share the incredible image of swirling thunderous clouds roaring in over the farm, it was quite a sight.

Luke and Jenny from Tiny Hearts Farm shared these flower photos with us, as teasers for their Flower Share season, starting in June.  Tiny Hearts’ bouquets are absolutely gorgeous, and we recommend their flower share, available online at www.lineagefarmcsa.com or through the mail with a completed add-on form (or just a sticky note on your check, if you don’t have a printer).  All Maple Syrup orders MUST be in by June 25th for delivery the week starting Wednesday July 8th.  And don’t forget those delicious eggs, that fantastic pork, and super tasty beef…See the add-on form at www.lineagefarmcsa.com for details.
              
Luke and Jenny of Tiny Hearts Farm

The farm is  really coming together on our new site.  Alex mowed the entire perimeter, all the drive lanes, and the area under the big oak tree where we will be building our wash station this week.  Before he mowed, it was difficult to see the entire layout of the garden beds over the fast growing grasses and rye cover.  Now, we can view the entire acreage from any point, helpful for management – and it’s much more inviting for walking instead of driving!

The harvest season is fast approaching, if a couple weeks behind other seasons.  We appreciate both your enthusiasm and your understanding, as we complete the transition to our new land base.  The crops are growing fantastically – up in our pond field, where the first transplants went in, the broccoli, cabbage, kales, kohlrabis, lettuce heads, and bok choi all look good enough to eat (in a couple weeks, for full growth) – so we did!  Jon and I feasted on a couple fresh picked lettuce heads and bok chois last night, and it was like a bite of heaven.  We look forward to sharing these with you in just a couple weeks time!  The first deliveries will be the week of June 13th.


Tiny Hearts Bouquet

We will continue to accept Vegetable Shares until our Farm’s capacity is reached.  Don’t miss out on the great season ahead of us!  Join today at www.LineageFarmCSA.com!In the dust and the driving rain,
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy Ronsani
Alex, Inti, Claire, and Andrea

Current Farmer Mediation:”But is work something that we have a right to escape?  And can we escape it with impunity?  We are probably the first entire people ever to think so.  All the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels otherwise.  It tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom.  We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis — only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy.”
– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson
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Lineage Farm May News – Shares still available!

Shoes and Socks, Shoes and Socks,

Sammy needs some shoes and socks.

Little Sammy wants to play,

Play and play and play all day…

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Sunny Sundays

MAY UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

Happy July, everyone.  Oh wait, it's still May!  The heat is here, in full force, and has been for the past few weeks.  Spring showers turned quickly into hot, dry summer days, a couple months ahead of schedule!  How glad were we to have ample fresh water for irrigation, and a farm crew readily growing into their tasks and responsibilities to help us keep those baby plants from scorching!  Thankfully, we have also received a few drops from above in the past couple days, perhaps bringing a turn to more seasonal weather, or perhaps just a brief if welcome break to the heat.

a photo of our new transplanter plus farm crew members Alex and Inti, view from the tractor driver

 

Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers went in their beds, a week early this year.  Cucumbers and summer squash are settling in to place, alongside celery and (one of my favorites) celeriac.  We’re experimenting with fava beans, though unfortunately they’re fans of cool spring weather, so it is unknown as of yet what sort of harvest they will provide after these scorchers.  Most of our garden beds are filling up with our tried and true, vegetables after my own heart – kales of many colors, lettuce heads, broccoli and bok choys, chard, and that sweet little spring salad turnip (if you haven’t tried it yet, are new to vegetable CSAs, you’re in for a treat). 

 

We are nearly done plowing, creating a vegetable garden out of a not-quite-so-blank slate of a sod and rye field.  If you ever visited our old farm site, you know one thing – we were, essentially, growing in gravel.  Our new field speaks a new language for our ever-learning farmers’ ears – barely a rock in site; dark fluffy fertile soil that holds moisture well into a dry spell; and oh so much wind.  I dream of planting a beautiful hedgerow along the road edge, to block the wind more than the view, filled with edible nuts and fruits, insectaries and habitats (though preferably not for groundhogs!).  If we stay here long-term, as I certainly hope we do, this will come in time and with management.  In the meantime, that row-cover is going to need a whole lot more sand bags!

 

Soon the new fence will go up, a major project among many major projects.  March is a funny time to move a farm – right when things need to get started in the greenhouse, and while the ground is still too frozen to drive ground stakes into.  Then the snow stuck around for quite a while, and our field surprised us with how wet it stayed for so very long.  We shifted our bed layout around quite a bit, to accommodate spots that appear will stay rather wet all season (and so will remain in perennial cover instead of plowing and ruining soil structure), and so our fence layout also shifted.  Final designs are in, and a materials order is on its way.  We’re opting for the tall mesh material, over our prior temporary 3-D electric fence design, as the mesh option is more resilient, longer-term, and more effective.  Here’s to a longer-term, written lease!  And to good neighbors.

 

If you have not signed up yet, do not despair!  We still have a few shares left in all locations.  Visit our website for commitment forms to mail in with your check – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup – or to pay online – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop.

 

And don’t forget those Add-on shares!  We’ve got a large selection this year, from meats to eggs to fruits to flowers!  Add-on shares spread your support of small local farmers beyond your own Lineage Farm to include Tiny Hearts Farm, Dog Wood Farm, and others!

Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and climbing Sam

Andrea, Alex, Claire, and Inti

"But is work something that we have a right to escape?  And can we escape it with impunity?  We are probably the first entire people ever to think so.  All the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels otherwise.  It tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom.  We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis — only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy."

– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson

A Farm Share Member on "Why Good Food for Hudson?"

Copyright © 2015 Lineage Farm CSA, All rights reserved.

Thanks for joining our CSA for the 2014 season!

Our mailing address is:

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520 Clinton St.

Hudson, Ny 12534


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Lineage Farm May News – Shares still available!




Shoes and Socks, Shoes and Socks,
Sammy needs some shoes and socks.
Little Sammy wants to play,
Play and play and play all day…
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HELP BRING GOOD FOOD TO HUDSON

We are providing fresh vegetables to low-income families in Hudson this summer, and we need your help.  Please donate and Share the Harvest!
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Sunny Sundays

MAY UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,
 
Happy July, everyone.  Oh wait, it’s still May!  The heat is here, in full force, and has been for the past few weeks.  Spring showers turned quickly into hot, dry summer days, a couple months ahead of schedule!  How glad were we to have ample fresh water for irrigation, and a farm crew readily growing into their tasks and responsibilities to help us keep those baby plants from scorching!  Thankfully, we have also received a few drops from above in the past couple days, perhaps bringing a turn to more seasonal weather, or perhaps just a brief if welcome break to the heat.
a photo of our new transplanter plus farm crew members Alex and Inti, view from the tractor driver

 
Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers went in their beds, a week early this year.  Cucumbers and summer squash are settling in to place, alongside celery and (one of my favorites) celeriac.  We’re experimenting with fava beans, though unfortunately they’re fans of cool spring weather, so it is unknown as of yet what sort of harvest they will provide after these scorchers.  Most of our garden beds are filling up with our tried and true, vegetables after my own heart – kales of many colors, lettuce heads, broccoli and bok choys, chard, and that sweet little spring salad turnip (if you haven’t tried it yet, are new to vegetable CSAs, you’re in for a treat). 
 

We are nearly done plowing, creating a vegetable garden out of a not-quite-so-blank slate of a sod and rye field.  If you ever visited our old farm site, you know one thing – we were, essentially, growing in gravel.  Our new field speaks a new language for our ever-learning farmers’ ears – barely a rock in site; dark fluffy fertile soil that holds moisture well into a dry spell; and oh so much wind.  I dream of planting a beautiful hedgerow along the road edge, to block the wind more than the view, filled with edible nuts and fruits, insectaries and habitats (though preferably not for groundhogs!).  If we stay here long-term, as I certainly hope we do, this will come in time and with management.  In the meantime, that row-cover is going to need a whole lot more sand bags!
 

Soon the new fence will go up, a major project among many major projects.  March is a funny time to move a farm – right when things need to get started in the greenhouse, and while the ground is still too frozen to drive ground stakes into.  Then the snow stuck around for quite a while, and our field surprised us with how wet it stayed for so very long.  We shifted our bed layout around quite a bit, to accommodate spots that appear will stay rather wet all season (and so will remain in perennial cover instead of plowing and ruining soil structure), and so our fence layout also shifted.  Final designs are in, and a materials order is on its way.  We’re opting for the tall mesh material, over our prior temporary 3-D electric fence design, as the mesh option is more resilient, longer-term, and more effective.  Here’s to a longer-term, written lease!  And to good neighbors.
 

If you have not signed up yet, do not despair!  We still have a few shares left in all locations.  Visit our website for commitment forms to mail in with your check – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup – or to pay online – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop.
 
And don’t forget those Add-on shares!  We’ve got a large selection this year, from meats to eggs to fruits to flowers!  Add-on shares spread your support of small local farmers beyond your own Lineage Farm to include Tiny Hearts Farm, Dog Wood Farm, and others!

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and climbing Sam
Andrea, Alex, Claire, and Inti

“But is work something that we have a right to escape?  And can we escape it with impunity?  We are probably the first entire people ever to think so.  All the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels otherwise.  It tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom.  We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis — only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy.”
– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson
A Farm Share Member on “Why Good Food for Hudson?”


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Lineage Farm April News




Sammy Cakes Sammy Cakes, Oh Sammy Sammy Sammy
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Muddy Monday

April UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,
 
Good news farm fans!  The 10 acres we will be growing on this year may indeed be certifiably organic by August!  While the majority of the farm’s 120 acres had been in corn up until a couple years ago, our 10 acres has not been subject to such aggressive chemical warfare – sorry, meant, farming.  Our 10 acres had been in hay, so no Roundup Ready GMOs here!  For whatever reason, the prior farmer had kept this prime soil growing grass instead of grain, for which we are now quite grateful.  Jon and I are weighing the pros and cons of going for organic certification this season; while we have always followed the practicies and principles of organic farming, we have not previously been in a land tenure situation secure enough to warrant the effort of so much paperwork and inspections.  Now, we’re thinking, we are!  And my goodness but we sure are ready to put down some long term roots.

Moving the farm has been an experience – one of purging, cleaning and clearing out old and not so useful items, one of organizing our farm assets and our minds.  New beginnings have both an exhausting and invigorating aspect, and we’re full on into both.  Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for the coming season, we appreciate your timely support and are thrilled to once again (or to become!) your farmers. 

Sign-up update – unfortunately, we’ve been having serious website issues this winter.  We have been attempting to switch over to a new site (same URL, www.lineagefarmcsa.com), but have so far been unsuccessful at getting the old site to relinquish control.  Which leaves us, repeatedly and once again, down.  In order to sign up, please for the time being excuse our website-less-ness, and click on the site specific link below:

We do hope to have the website up again very soon, and apologize for the inconvenience.  We will be removing the processing fee from all add-on shares, but if you’re anxious not to miss out on those strawberries (limited number of fruit shares remaining!), do send in the following form as soon as possible: 2015 Add-on Shares
 
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Toddling Sam
Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson
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Lineage Farm Newsletter – March 2015




NEW!  Order your shares online!  www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop
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Muddy Monday

MARCH UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,
 
Spring seems to be rolling in quickly this year, the snow and ice creeping away as geese honk overhead, wind moans, and mud slides underfoot.  Everything is dripping, melting, moving! We are deep in the farm-move, with all our tractor implements, half our tractors, most of our irrigation equipment, and much of the other random odds and ends that make up the material aspect of our farm now re-located to 67 Pine Wood Rd. in Livingston, NY.  We’re about the same distance from Hudson, which is fortunate as we will continue to live there for the foreseeable future. 
 

Our seedling greenhouse is 99% set up, we just need to seal a few cracks in the poly exterior and fill our leek boxes with soil so their little seeds can settle their roots and spread their cotyledons.  I’ve spent the morning building an insulated heat-table, with sand and roof de-icing cables, to warm the trays of new seedlings from the bottom.  Think radiant heat flooring, only inside a table.  This will allow us to start seeding early this week, while our new lessors fix the big greenhouse furnace.  I am very excited to see soil and green growing plants so soon!

 

Sam has been enjoying a two-week visit from his Georgia Grandparents (my parents), while his New York Grandparents enjoy a snow-less vacation in more Southerly regions of the States.  He enjoys regaling them with long stories of who knows what, perhaps the journey of the sun behind the clouds or the piano piece he’s composing, and eating loads of yogurt and carrots and broth…These past several days are the longest stretches I’ve spent without Sam, leaving around 8:30am and returning home for dinner and bedtime.  While I am reveling in the freedom and ability to really get to work (Thanks Mom!), I also miss the little guy something fierce.  We’ve yet to decide upon day care or farm care for the season – whether Sam will be elsewhere or with me on the farm.  He’s toddling around happily these days, and I imagine will be not quite so easy to keep track of once I’m working in the field this summer!

 

Visit our new-fangled website – www.lineagefarmcsa.com – you can now order and pay through Paypal online for your 2015 Vegetable Farm Share!  Fancy, eh?  We are asking an additional 2.7% to cover what Paypal is charging us; if you’d rather not spend the extra bit, then feel free to print the commitment form from here – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup – and mail it in with a check.  Alternatively email lineagefarm@riseup.net with a scan of your completed commitment form and any add-on shares you’d like, and I will send you an invoice from Quickbooks which will allow for an online bank transfer, no additional charge.

 

About those add-ons – we’ve got some new choices this year!  Along with our friends R’eisen Shine (mixed meat), Circle C Maple Farm (Maple Syrup), and E’s Bees (raw honey), we are now offering flower shares from Tiny Hearts Farm and Goat Cheese from Ardith Mae!  We have not yet heard back from Mountain Brook Angus or DogWood Farm about beef and egg shares, but will update the website and notify you in another newsletter as soon as we do hear from them.

We are also slowly building up our campaign for Good Food for Hudson, to provide 55 low-income Farm Share Member Families our vegetables at no cost to them.  Thank you to those of you who have already given, it means so much to us and to the families to have your support!  Please consider contributing, either on our website or at www.youcaring.com/goodfoodforhudson.

 

Thank you.
 
With thawing toes and chapped lips,
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Toddling Sam

Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson
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Lineage Farm CSA News – February

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout
Down came a blizzard and froze the spider out!
Out came the sun and melted all the snow
and the Itsy Bitsy Spider went dancing down the row.

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Sunny Sammy

FEBRUARY UPDATE

Dear friends, family, neighbors and CSA members,

Sammy and the Sun are best buds.  Every morning when he wakes, Sam pops up with a huge grin, pointing at the window where the dawn light is just breaking through.  He gives us minute-by-minute updates on the sunrise, and how beautiful the sunlight is shining on the wall over our bed.  And every evening, as I help him get ready for sleep, he points to the fading sunlight as though to protest that his friend the Sun is still awake, still up.  Inevitably, darkness falls, and so do Sammy's eyelids.  I hesitate to think what this might mean closer to the Summer Solstice, but let's take that on when it comes.

Jon and I have undertaken a project of personal, local importance.  Right in the heart of Columbia County, home of untold numbers of new and established farms, there live hundreds of families who cannot access their county's wealth of fresh vegetables.  Access to good food has long been an issue in Hudson, and we hope to address it in our small way this summer, by offering families free Farm Shares.

Each of the 55 families that have signed up, are self-proclaimed vegetable eaters and cookers.  They don't get to enjoy fresh vegetables too often, but they would like to.  They want to eat healthier for themselves, and for their children.  Some are past retirement age and on fixed incomes, some are simply having a hard time finding employment that pays enough to afford fresh food.  All could use some help.

So we're gonna give it a try!  If you feel so moved, please do consider contributing to the project – www.youcaring.com/goodfoodforhudson is our crowd-sourcing site.

On the farm front, we're in the midst of moving and setting up greenhouse tables.  All of our seeds are ready to get jumping, and while the bulk of our potting soil is still a huge frozen block, we've got enough good friable material to work with next week as we start our onions, leeks, parsley, celery and celeriac.  I look forward to sharing photos of their journey upward into the light in the next few weeks.

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Toddling Sam

Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson

A Farm Share Member on "Why Good Food for Hudson?"

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Lineage Farm CSA News – February




The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout
Down came a blizzard and froze the spider out!
Out came the sun and melted all the snow
and the Itsy Bitsy Spider went dancing down the row.
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Sunny Sammy

FEBRUARY UPDATE

Dear friends, family, neighbors and CSA members,

Sammy and the Sun are best buds.  Every morning when he wakes, Sam pops up with a huge grin, pointing at the window where the dawn light is just breaking through.  He gives us minute-by-minute updates on the sunrise, and how beautiful the sunlight is shining on the wall over our bed.  And every evening, as I help him get ready for sleep, he points to the fading sunlight as though to protest that his friend the Sun is still awake, still up.  Inevitably, darkness falls, and so do Sammy’s eyelids.  I hesitate to think what this might mean closer to the Summer Solstice, but let’s take that on when it comes.

Jon and I have undertaken a project of personal, local importance.  Right in the heart of Columbia County, home of untold numbers of new and established farms, there live hundreds of families who cannot access their county’s wealth of fresh vegetables.  Access to good food has long been an issue in Hudson, and we hope to address it in our small way this summer, by offering families free Farm Shares.

Each of the 55 families that have signed up, are self-proclaimed vegetable eaters and cookers.  They don’t get to enjoy fresh vegetables too often, but they would like to.  They want to eat healthier for themselves, and for their children.  Some are past retirement age and on fixed incomes, some are simply having a hard time finding employment that pays enough to afford fresh food.  All could use some help.

So we’re gonna give it a try!  If you feel so moved, please do consider contributing to the project – www.youcaring.com/goodfoodforhudson is our crowd-sourcing site.

On the farm front, we’re in the midst of moving and setting up greenhouse tables.  All of our seeds are ready to get jumping, and while the bulk of our potting soil is still a huge frozen block, we’ve got enough good friable material to work with next week as we start our onions, leeks, parsley, celery and celeriac.  I look forward to sharing photos of their journey upward into the light in the next few weeks.

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Toddling Sam

Rebecca - Good Food for Hudson
A Farm Share Member on “Why Good Food for Hudson?”


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Lineage Farm CSA January Newsletter

We’re moving!  3 years and 10 acres of seriously yummy vegetable soil has just opened up for Lineage Farm!
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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 – lineagefarm@riseup.net.  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,
Your Farmers
Jen, Jon, and baby Sam

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