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Farm News from David

I was camping up in northern Wisconsin last week so I don’t have a whole lot to report from the farm other than things seem to be doing pretty well and
the weeds haven’t taken over (yet). I can only assume that means my parents didn’t spend too many afternoons sipping lemonade on the back porch while I was away. On the second night of my trip Mother Nature decided to drop around 8 inches of rain on us. The inside of our tent remained dry-ish, but we had to remain at the state
park a day longer than planned due to road and bridge washouts in the area and tens millions of dollars in damage was done to houses, roads, bridges, and crops in northern Wisconsin. However, seeing fields of corn washed away certainly made me feel thankful for the CSA model and the shared risk, shared reward system that all
of you have embraced at Spring Hill. Had we received 8 inches of rain on the farm, it’s hard to say what would be left standing and if any vegetables would still be salvageable. Thankfully, we avoided that storm, but knowing that we have
the support of you, the members, relieves an enormous amount of stress and also ensures that we will continue to be able to farm should something like a massive rain storm occur. And sure, those corn and soybean farmers in northern Wisconsin will receive crop insurance money to cover much of what they lost in the storm, but the
crop insurance programs in the United States, while an important source of relief for some family farmers, have also driven concentration in agriculture and farmland ownership. Large corporations and crop insurance companies have lobbied to structure the programs in such a way that they guarantee themselves a profit, and rather than being the safety net crop insurance once was for family farmers, it is now a tool used to drive corporate consolidation in agriculture. The CSA model and you the members who buy into it allow farmers to opt out of this system and build a future with more family farmers on the land. So thank you!

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Well, Larry and Katy have given us another inspiring cooking video – this one for basil and zucchini!


PICTURES WANTED!
Spring Hill’s Community
Events Committee is in
search of pictures taken
at Spring Hill over the last
25 years. We’ll show them
at our Harvest Dinner.
Mail to Sue Poore, 7244
Newton Ave S., Richfield,
MN. 55423. Note of year
taken would be nice. Digital pictures can be uploaded.


SPRING HILL EVENTS
2016
Sunday, September 25th – Fall Work Day
Saturday, November 5th - Harvest Dinner


MISSION
To be a sustainable farm that provides for the land, the farmers, and a community committed to connecting to their source of food and eachother.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES
• share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable;
• share the risk and share the bounty;
• make decisions together;
• ensure that the size of the farm holds in balance considerations of land, community, and farm viability;
• work together to nurture a friendly and creative community.