By 2006 Fair Share Farm and its CSA were here to stay. We continued to work on making our farming operation viable well into the future. Certain things we could control, like how and what we fed our soil, what we planted and when, and how we integrated the farm into the lives and health of our membership.
|The fields at rest|
What we can never seem to control is the weather. January 2006 was the warmest on record, February the driest, and April the third warmest. A good reminder that our job is to be ready for whatever weather comes our way. Wet, dry, hot, or cold, we cannot act like we are suprised by anything. The conditions in 2006 required us to start irrigating in April, something we had never had to do before. What ever happened to April showers bring May flowers?
By 2006 it was becoming clear that the climate was (and still is) changing. For me, 20 years of work in industry and environmental engineering, coupled with over 10 years as an farmer, and the on-line availability of raw data showing such things as higher than ever-recorded atmospheric CO2 levels and a polar ice cap that is losing both area and volume every year, is enough to cause concern.
|From Fox 4 WDAF (click to enlarge)|
|Carnival winter squash|
|Cleaning beets on a CSA morning|
|Distribution at the new 39th Street Market|
|Pond outlet structure|
|Finished pond---February 27, 2006|
|Filling pond---April 30|
|Rebecca, Mary and Richard|
|Brenda, Jen, Libby, Julie and Kathy, a great crew|
|Planting garlic with Farmer Brooke, before Bad Seed, Dan, Percy or Urbavore|
|Lindsay's wonderful tote bags|
|Chicks in the brooder|
|Chickens in their movable pen|
2006 was also the year of The 100-Mile Diet. A term you may be familiar with, it became especially popular in 2006 as people across the country began focusing on eating meals with ingredients grown and raise in their immediate locale. In KC we helped spearhead a group of 8 to 10 folks who wrote a series of article on the experience in Present Magazine. This on-line publication was the brainchild of friend Pete Dulin. His 2005 article on the farm is still our favorite look at what we do. Our fun culminated in a CD with copies of the articles, our favorite recipes, and resources for buying local.
The year ended with what has become our favorite mode of transportation---Amtrak. It had been 5 years since Rebecca and I met, and I left Rochester after 20 years of living there. It was nice to get caught up with friends and with the farmers at Peacework. We then hopped the train downstate to stay with my brother and his family in Brooklyn.
|Arrival of the G|