Spring is here and the farm has sprung to life! With the help of our magnificent new BCS, our fields are quickly transforming into rows of gorgeous raised beds. Transplants are going in the ground left and right, and direct seeded peas and cover crops are poking up through the soil. And of course, the weeds and pests are already making themselves known. This spring, as we prepare for our fourth season, I am reminded again and again of the incredible community that surrounds this farm. It seems that no matter where we are on the farm, or whatever job is at hand, we are connected to an incredible network of support, from our neighbors, our crew of volunteers, our CSA members, to folks around the country who pitched in to help us fund our BCS this winter. I want to take a minute to celebrate the amazing First Root Farm community.
Working over at the greenhouse, I am reminded of the generosity of the farmers at Gaining Ground. They invite us to share their greenhouse year after year, even though we take up more and more space each season! Tilling in our biggest, toughest field, I think about our neighbors Mr. Gerry Cupp and Mr. Bill Kenney who take time out of their own field prep to disc our fields for us each spring and fall. We are incredibly lucky to have such kind and generous neighbors.
We have a wonderful collection of volunteers, both old friends and new faces, who come out to the farm to pitch in. It’s always blast to introduce new folks to the farm, and volunteers are a great reminder of all the enthusiasm out there for farming. Community Day in April we had a big crew (aged 1 ½ and up) spreading compost, clearing fields, laying out burlap pathways, and building a tipi in the new garden area. It’s such a joy to be surrounded by so many folks excited to be getting their hands dirty and being a part of the farm.
Each season, our fantastic community of CSA members enable us to hit the ground running. This spring, as folks sign up, we have gotten excited little notes and emails from members who can’t wait for the share to start- and we can’t help but feel the same way. We are so lucky to grow food for such an engaged and enthusiastic CSA!
This winter we found a widespread network of supporters through our kickstarter campaign. When I use the BCS to rototill or build beds I think about all the people who chipped in to turn the fantasy of a new BCS into the reality powering along in front of me. Knowing that there are so many folks out there rooting for us, and invested in the farm is so encouraging and energizing!
No matter where we are on the farm, or what we’re up to, we are never far from a reminder of the First Root community, who both help us to grow and give us a reason to do so.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a part of it.