As we begin a new year, we’d like to wish all of you a year full of peace, tranquility, and prosperity.
Plans for 2017 are already underway here. We’ve sent off our seed orders, seeded a hoophouse for early spring greens, and we will be ready to seed our first trays soon in the new propagation house that is slated to be put up this month.
Growing pigs will be ready for harvest in the spring, as well as some grass-fed steers. Lambs are at the butcher now, and will be available soon. We have one final group of pastured turkeys that are pretty plump over on the hillside, and after that, we’ll be looking forward to new chicks and poults in a month or so. New hens will be arriving in the upcoming months, too, so we can keep everyone in good eggs, from happy hens.
Also on the to-do-list is the completion of our new meat storage area/future farm store–situated in what was once our old tobacco stripping room–now improved with a new concrete floor. And there is a sawmill that I’d like to have running to salvage some of our Ash trees before they go the way of the dodo bird.
We have many projects and plans as we look to the new year, as well as finishing some of last New Year’s projects…(I’m looking at you, wood-trussed greenhouse) There are a couple of miles of new fence wire to run across the road as we transition some of the grown-over woods into shady pastures. With the right care, these hills can provide recreation, lumber, fuel, milk, meat, and fiber. But we’re going to need some fence!
The signup information for our 2017 CSA is now up and running, and we would be honored to have you join us this year. We are grateful for the warm welcome we received in Madison, Indiana, as we offered a CSA pickup for the first time this past season. We plan to continue in Madison in 2017, and we would love to reach out to even more wonderful customers there. We look forward to seeing our veteran Cincinnati members at the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, as well. A new round of our Clifton buying club, the Good Eaton Club, will be starting up in April, so be on the lookout for details soon.
In reflecting on 2016, we continue to be amazed at the support and dedication of our customers and CSA and Good Eaton Club members. It is you–our community–who make it possible for us to farm. We look forward to growing for you in the upcoming year, and many more to come!
Jerry & Liz
Silas, Ira, & Abe
Did we mention you can reserve and pay for your 2017 CSA share now?
Well you can. You could do it right now if you want…Just click here.