Farm Happenings at Cropsey Community Farm
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Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by CSA email

Hello Loyal CSA MEMBERS,

As we can all tell the temps are heating up, the pools are filled with the laughter and splashing of kids on summer break and our fields are producing delicious summer produce. This week marks the beginning of our Summer fare with a lovely variety of Summer Squash. We will be offering Zuccini, two types of Patty Pan and Two types of yellow squash. Just around the corner, and hanging from delicate stems, is an array of sweet and hot peppers, Pickling and smooth-skinned cucumbers, both large and small tomatoes and a host of other delicious produce. It's an exciting time here as our triumvirate of workers punch way above their weight to bring you not only beautiful, delicious food but more importantly are dedicated to being conscientious stewards of the soil ensuring that this type of bounty may be enjoyed for years to come.

In case you didn't know, we operate with a very small, tight-knit crew of 3 full-time employees. Jimi Charlesworth, our Field Horse,  moved here from Harrisburg, PA to join the team and has been learning and working hard every day. He helps me with our integrated pest management systems and brews our compost tea. He's got a keen eye which comes in handy when detecting bad bugs on our plants that could jeopardize yields and acts quickly and with great mindfulness. Maria Marisigan is our Harvest Manager and is learning the ropes quickly in our fast-past environment. Her detail-oriented note taking makes a frantic harvest-wash-package days operate with great precision. She always has a smile on her face and takes the job very seriously. She also co-ordinates our volunteers so if you ever wanted to know what it's like to work on a farm, she's the person to get a hold of to set up that opportunity. And then there's Farmer Al planning and plotting, germinating and cultivating and reaching out via social media when he has time to say hello to our supporters. And that's it! Can you believe it?

We are very fortunate that we have had some amazing volunteers help us out in key moments along the way too which is essential to a community farm. We certainly can not do it all by ourselves, but we try to.