Support your local farmers(taken from my CSA newsletter – they have to stop operations a month early this year due to lack of money)
OK, the difficult news. As most of you know at this point, we have decided to stop operations after this week. We have done so because we are no longer able to fund operations. We have been in this position before…and typically what Jeff and I have done is take on some more debt and not take any pay. Well, we have tapped both of these strategies (credit card maxed and pay=0) but it was not enough. We waited to the last possible week to stop (and perhaps waited too long) but the bills continue to come in and we have reserved our last few dollars to pay local vendors and our farm crew.
This year we chose to use our dollars to make it through the drought with food. The drought demanded more labor and inputs than we expected in our annual planning. Even worse than the devastating floods a few years back. The crew did heroic work to get plants to grow, but unfortunately, it left us unable to finish out the season.
This is the risk of small scale vegetable farming. We do not qualify for the subsidies or other crop protections that corn and soy enjoy. Thus, when the resources run out, we need to make the very difficult decision to stop. Thank you for sharing in this risk.
So, I ask for your understanding. Of our situation and the challenges faced by the local growers in our local food system. Tell this story to others so that they can also learn that food does not grow in grocery stores and that there are real people behind it all. And, finally, I ask that you thank any of our crew that you may run into. It is tough work to grow healthy food for people. You are part of their story just as they are part of yours.