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The garlic is planted!!! It’s a wonderful thing to have next year’s garlic in the ground. The completion of garlic planting serves as both closure to one season and signals the beginning of the next. Both feel good. We finished up garlic planting last Saturday when a crew of folks, here for their harvest/delivery day, went to work on their hands and knees pushing each clove of garlic into the ground pointy side up. Many hands and a beautiful day contributed to the good feeling. On that particular Saturday, the sun was shining and the leaves were in full color. While the garlic was being planted, another group went to work getting the vegetables ready for packing. They cleaned onions and shallots and popped the Brussels sprouts from their thick stems. Eventually everyone gathered around the table for lunch. As people laid out the soups and salads and cookies and Halloween cupcakes (amazing!) they had brought, Sam, along with his sister Hannah and her friend Matt (both visiting from New York) cooked up pizzas for us all. We had pizzas with tomatoes and sausage, pizzas with carmelized onions, roasted squash and beets and even pizzas topped with Brussels sprouts. So, so good!

Work on the farm these days centers around final harvests of fall crops and garden clean-up. We’ve been digging carrots and parsnips, taking down deer fencing and raspberry trellising. It’s all part of putting the garden to bed for the season. I’ve been complaining about the weather all season long, but this fall has been one lovely day after another. We’ve been disappointed with some of the fall vegetables. The squash crop was not abundant, the pumpkins were a complete crop failure and the carrots didn’t size up the way we would have liked. It’s time now though to put the disappointments away, learn what we can from them and begin making plans for next year. Look for a survey in a couple of weeks that will help us as we begin to do just that!

On another note – its connection being that it’s a fall/wintery sort of thought – we often find ourselves in the field and on delivery days, engaged in discussions around food and agriculture and the policies that shape them. (I know, surprise, surprise!) We’re intrigued by the thinking and writing around questions of how and what the world’s population will be fed noting that there are quite divergent perspectives and proposed solutions in this regard. We interested in doing more reading on these topics and wonder if there are others interested as well. We’re proposing a winter book group, perhaps choosing 2-3 books and gathering 2-3 times in the city to discuss them. Interested? Let us know! We’ll work on the planning and keep you posted.

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Harvest Dinner
Saturday, November 1st

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.