Poetry and Principles – 23rd & 24th Harvest Week: Tue thru Sat Delivery for Nov 13 – 17, 2012
Farmer John writes . . .
Greetings from Angelic Organics
Please Return Your Vegetable Boxes
Please return all of your vegetable boxes this week. Our driver Lee will pick up the vegetable boxes on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Nov 20.
Final Week of Extended Season
If you signed up for a 4 week extended season share, make sure to pick up 2 boxes this week. If you are receiving an extended season half share, odd or even week, make sure to pick up your final box this week.
2013 Shares are available now, along with early sign-up discounts.
The following poem is by our growing manager, Chris Voss. He wrote it last spring to help re-inaugurate our renovated barn loft as a social space.
Barn and Land
The Land gives birth to life and love
Its holders seek its care
It speaks of past and what can be
If those who listen dare
Upon the Land they build their homes
For both themselves and stock
They build their houses and their barns
Upon its gracious rock
Board on board, roof sloped just right
The barn is slowly built
Its goal is not to take from Land
But warm it as a quilt
The barns they build caress the Land
And listen to its chants
They try to become one with it
And soothe it from its rants
The barn and Land become as one
Each tending to each other
They coexist and feed their souls
Wrapped close as held by mother
Yet Land will far outlive the barn
Soon time will have its say
Though Land will always hold the barn
The barn must soon give way
The barn holds stories of us all
It’s like a cherished book
It tells the lives of those around
That time in due course took
These stories live within the barn
And with the Land as well
But only when we care for both
Will all their stories tell
So barns and Land are meant to be
And to each other strive
It’s only when we care for both
We know we are alive
Chris Voss April 21, 2012
Since the upcoming months of cold and snow tend to lead us inward and make us reflective, I’m closing the 2012 growing season with a reminder of our vision for Angelic Organics via the farm’s mission statement and guiding principles.
Angelic Organics Mission and Guiding Principles
Angelic Organics Mission
Angelic Organics is dedicated to creating and forwarding an economically viable, organic, Biodynamic farm that nurtures its soil, plants, animals, and community of workers and enlivens the connection between people and the source of their food. We are committed to providing the freshest, most vibrant food possible to our shareholders.
Angelic Organics Guiding Principles
We strive to:
Build a sustainable farm system that includes the soil, plants, animals, and humans.
Provide our customers with the highest quality products and best service possible.
Build community amongst our members.
Build and maintaining optimal soil fertility.
Provide a safe environment.
Conduct business in a financially responsible manner.
Monitor performance against standards.
Conduct all work in a timely manner.
Conduct all work as efficiently as possible.
Share our knowledge and resources with the larger community.
Provide employees with opportunities for growth, a balanced life, and adequate financial compensation.
Provide an orderly succession of management.
Foster research and development.
Provide the best possible life for farm animals.
Create and maintain infrastructure, which supports the sustainability of the farm.
Maintain a commitment to aesthetics and beauty.
Thank you for your support this year.
Farmer John and the Crew
Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.
Fruiting crops – popcorn,butternut squash
Brassicas – a stalk of Brussels sprouts cut in half, cabbage, broccoli side shoots, maybe kohlrabi
Salad Greens –lettuce
Cooking Greens – spinach, kale
Root crops – potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnips, maybe turnips
Alliums – garlic
Vegetable of the Week: German White Porcelain Garlic