In 2007 we reached our 5-year goal of 100 members. It was an accomplishment we were proud of, and it established a good economic base for the future. The next step...was figuring out the next step.
|A rare chance to skate on the old pond in February|
|Exterior work on the farmhouse before the season starts|
|Pre-season Core Goup meeting at Kelly and Rick's|
St. Patricks Day was spent working on the barn, fixing the east loafing shed roof and walls with the help of fellow farmer Tom Parker and members Jim Markley and Victoria Wert. Working on a barn with the farm community is always fun.
|Jim Markley, Tom Parker and Rebecca|
We fulfilled our contractual obligation to the CSA, doing everything in our power to protect the many beds of plants we had out in the fields by covering them with up to 3 layers of row cover. All the while we were battling high winds and the urge to take a shortcut or two. Our efforts paid off, as by June much of the broccoli we had protected headed up beautifully.
|Row cover mid-April|
|Picking peas with Libby (photo by Lorne Carroll)|
|Strawberry patch humble beginnings 4/19/07|
|Happy lettuce harvest led by 2013 apprentice-to-be Lorne Carroll and long-time member Betty Marcus|
|Picking summer squash|
|Members with the harvest|
Thanks to the scarcity of wild fruit after the Easter freeze, the raccoons and opossums feasted on our successes in the field. We used a live trap to catch more than 30 racoons that summer, sometimes catching two at a time. They seem cute, but I will tell you that picking up a metal cage with a snarling wild animal in it at sunrise wakes you up for the day, and gets you thinking of alternative methods of predator control.
|One of many|
In June my Mother passed away. She was a grand lady, the source of my German blood, and a role model like no other. I'm glad Rebecca had a chance to make her aquaintance.
Mom would have been thrilled that August, as we were honored as the Clay County Farm Family of the Year. We have the local University of Missouri Extension Council to thank for nominating us for the award, and recogznizing a sustainable farming operation for the honor. They won us a free trip to the State Fair to pick up the award, where the orators noted that "farmers are the backbone of democracy." That's us! Love that quote.
We had a great Fall harvest with little to no frost until late in November.
The year ended with more home remodeling before heading to Italy in December. We visited Rome, then took the train to the southern tip of the continent, Calabria, the ancestral home of the Ruggieri's.
|Working on the back porch|
|In Calabria...the land of Persephone|