It seems like we were all just exchanging well wishes for the new year ahead, but suddenly it is nearly February! January has been an exceptionally busy month filled with travels to visit family, classes, planning, and most recently, the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum. Over the last two days, I attended workshops and seminars on various farm and food related topics, much of it relating to soil health. It never ceases to amaze me to learn about the brilliance of life in our soils. FDR is quoted as saying, "The nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself." Although I was a believer before, given all of the new research that was presented over the last couple of days, it is simply mind-blowing to see photos, soil samples, and studies, and hear accounts of farmers across the globe all illustrating this powerful fact - without healthy soils achieved through organic and regenerative agriculture, we are on a path of self-destruction.
This conference comes at a perfect time when winter has a firm grasp upon our lives - cabin fever has set in, we're itching to get our hands back in the soil, seeds have arrived and I'm chomping at the bit to do something with them, and fresh ideas are welcomed by rested and rejuvenated minds and bodies. With all of this new knowledge and inspiration fresh in mind, this morning I revisited a list that I had created last year stating our goals broken down by season, 6-month, 1-year, and 3-5 year intervals. This is an interesting tool that not only prevents me from getting too overwhelmed with where we are and where we are trying to go, but it also helps to map and chart our progress. Over the next couple of days, I will review this list and create a new one for this year with soil health, specifically the soil microbiome, at its' heart. Much how they are discovering in the world of medicine that human gut flora acts as a second brain and dictates much of our overall health as humans from the moment we enter this world, the health of our soils dictates the strength and vitality of our plants. Without healthy soils, there is no food.
One sure way to know that spring is getting closer is that the chickens have increased their laying. Woohoo! With the arrival of February, this means that we are exiting the Persephone period (our daylight hours once again number more than 10 starting today) and our first seeds will be started in our grow room. This is a staggered process starting with onions and leeks then moving on to the brassicas during the month of February. For this week, we have limited amounts of salad greens, spinach, spicy greens, and, yes, EGGS, available! Also, we have lots of delicious Oaxacan Green and Painted Mountain cornmeal for baking. Use it just as you would regular cornmeal in recipes.
Our Market Share CSA program is about 25% full; if you have any questions on this, please feel free to reach out. And, as a reminder, if you do order for the week, please bring your own shopping bags to collect your items as we are no longer using our plastic shopping bags.
With this, we wish you all a wonderful week ahead. Stay warm, and as always, thank you for your continued support of our farm and local, organic agriculture.