Step one was to generate membership. Through marketing the previous year at farmers markets, an article in the Kearney Courier, the KC Food Circle Expo, and word of mouth we were able to build a membership of 25 (our goal was 30). We held our first Core Group meeting at Fred and Carol Barth's house along with member Kirk Day.
|At the KC Food Circle Expo|
Along with the vegetable growing, the infrastructure work continued. Our current packing room took shape as the barn received a makeover. The less than vertical north foundation wall was expertly replaced by a Menonite crew from Jamesport. John deftly felled the tree growing up the south side of the barn, and Rebecca and I re-built the lower barn so that it could house our cooler and wash area.
|John dropping a tree|
|New wash area and packing room|
|The first CSA farm work day|
|Our first distribution at the Crossroads Farmers Market|
|Rain brings rainbows|
|Carrots have always seemed to thrive here|
|Late September share|
The beds without the cover crop were lush too, with cockelbur weeds. We eventually got rid of them, without the use of herbicides, by balancing the mineral content of the soil and sticking with our cover cropping game plan. Today there is nary a cockel or a bur in that field.
|Buckwheat flowering in distance and cockelbur crop in foreground|
|Nothing but a memory now (yeah!)|
|With members Jessica and James---rounding up 2005 members in the Crossroads|