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  sustainability and Spring Hill

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Quite a number of years ago, Spring Hill’s core group revised the farm’s mission statement and guiding principles. (They're to the left on this page if you want to take a look.) The first guiding principle reads: “Share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.” It’s a lofty principle, but what I particularly like about it is that the language implies that the creation of a sustainable farm is a work in progress. The principle helps give focus to that work. A few years back we took a look at economics of the farm, realizing that we needed to raise the share price to cover health insurance costs and once again so we could pay our farm workers a better wage. The last couple of years we’ve worked on strengthening the sense of community, asking members to write for the newsletter, creating a member list so that people can get in touch with each other, and hosting some smaller gatherings like the winter book groups that explored food system issues. This year the work has focused around environmental sustainability. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter the solar array is operational and we’re producing electricity right here on the farm! That feels like a big step forward for environmental sustainability. We’ve also become more and more convinced about the importance of mulching on our farm. Last year hay was extremely hard to come by and very expensive. We were without mulch in a year of pounding rains and it reinforced our commitment to covering the soil as much as possible. We’ve purchased quite a bit of hay this year – the price has come down considerably – but we’re also about to giving haymaking a try. We purchased a mower and have access to a neighbor’s rake and baler. We’re both excited and intimidated by the prospect of making hay on this land. We’re not sure where we’ll find the time, but the idea of mulching with the grass growing right here is very compelling. We’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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Peter Molenda and Rosalise were out at the Farm last Tuesday, June 30th, and enjoyed working with others to pick, clean and bag the veggies. Here's a great little video Peter made documenting it..

2015 Events
Sunday, September 27th - Fall Work Day
Saturday, November 7th - Harvest Dinner

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.

• 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.