The idea to invite our friends, family and neighbors to spend $5.00 of their weekly budget at a small farm has been met with wonderful enthusiasm. Thousands of people around the internet were happy to share the message and pledged to do their part to support small farms.
Many are already supporting small farms weekly and directing $5.00 weekly is an easy pledge. Some enthusiastic comments even proclaimed that spending $5.00 weekly is not enough. Those that currently support buying directly from a small farm are highly appreciated by our countries small farms. The more challenging task will be convincing our friends, families and neighbors to become a doer in this small farm campaign. How do we accomplish this goal?
I believe the most simple and powerful way to increase demand for small farm production is to saturate “small farm” into our sound bite lexicon. When we talk about quality food, please include “small farm” in our conversation. When we share a picture, please include “small farm” in the text. When we write an article, hopefully it’s talks about a specific small farm in our community. This will brand the term “small farm” into the food movement vernacular and increase demand for small farm production.
A small increase in weekly revenue can become significant. If 1000 new buyers come to a farmers market to spend $5 each week, then that $5000 additional weekly revenue will benefit many small farms. Remember, we are only asking for $5.00 in new revenue per household per week.
14 years ago the market for Organic was insignificant but now it’s somewhere over $30 billion yearly. If we can convince our friends, families and neighbors to support a local farm directly, than we can start measuring the revenue for Small Farms that could reach $30 billion quickly. This new revenue would make existing farms profitable and there would be an explosion of new farms.
This can be accomplished with a simple decision made by individuals and families. Who is willing to to be apart of the $5 pledge?
P.S. Please consider joining our Facebook page; I Support Small Farms. The mission of this page is to help strengthen the message to support a small farm.
One way to know that Summer has ended is looking at a Summer Squash plant. As soon as the weather changes this plant stops producing edible rinds. Although the weather during the day is still comfortably warm, the cool air during the night is a signal to the plant that Fall is nigh.
At our farm the Squash have always been the first Summer plant to stop producing. So once again these Summer Cucurbita are our first Summer vegetable that we sadly say, “Goodbye”. This week will be the last time we will have tender and edible Squash in our Full Share. We look forward to enjoying them again next Summer.
Join our CSA today and still enjoy our other Summer vegetables while they are still in season.
Creating extremely healthy soil is La Nay Ferme’s top priority. In biodynamic language farmers and experts refer to healthy soil as living soil. The idea is to create a balanced and fertile ecosystem of life. By following the very basic principles of biodynamics, farmers easily improve soil which enhances the nutrition, quality and flavor of the produce they grow.
It is not very complicated or difficult to create living soil. Our farm started out as sandy as a beach but has become more healthy and productive each year. This is happening because we focus on improving the health of our soil by following the biodynamic principles. We always give more back to the soil than what we take. This and other processes are creating living soil along with an ecosystem that heals itself naturally.
We invite you to join our CSA and enjoy our healthy, safe produce each week.
Last year we made an attempt at growing Brussels Sprouts for our CSA members. Our timing was off and we planted these brassica cultivars about 30 days late. The Brussels Sprouts did not grow enough when the Fall weather arrived and thus never produced any edible buds.
This year we are attempting again to grow this Fall season cruciferous. We believe they are growing well and the buds have even started to form. We are looking forward to when they will be harvested. CSA members can also look forward to receiving these wonderful little cabbage look-alikes in their Full share.
Join our CSA and experience Brussels Sprouts that are truly fresh.