Category Archives: A Farmer’s Perspective

Building Fertility

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Foote Brook field 800x400

When you start a new farm there is always a period of time when you have to cultivate fertility in order to create healthy, productive soil. While taking time to produce fertility (through compost, cover crops, and animal manure) farmers must also abstain from harvesting crops in certain plots of land – often for 5 to 10 years. This is an expensive process and many farmers end up working other jobs to fund it – so in essence they are importing a different type of fertility – money.

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The Home Stretch!

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Anticipation of Abundance

I was talking to a relatively new member family yesterday who has recently joined our partnership and they shared how our appeal of a few weeks ago transformed their relationship with Farmers To You. He described to me how when in the past we have asked for help in spreading the word about Farmers To You, he and his wife had been willing to share our postcards and $35 gift with others, but they never felt a sense of purpose or understood the collaborative nature of this partnership.

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Growing Relationships

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This week, I had a board meeting with the Biodynamic Association, the group that promotes and educates on Biodynamic Agriculture. After our regular business we usually have a discussion on a topic of particular importance to the group. This month, we focused on the marketplace for Biodynamic food, and how to create a sustainable, value-based demand for this incredible system of agriculture while also maintaining the integrity of the methodology.

After much discussion of the structure of distribution and the massive size and consolidation of retail supermarkets (Whole Foods may be bought by Kroger in the next month), we were struck by the degree of disconnection of families and individuals from the farmers and food producers who are investing so much in the quality and consciousness of food production.

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A Gift for Skeptics

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Jack lazor butterworks 800x400

Have you noticed how hard it is to convince anyone to do something new these days? You should try to convince a farmer to try something new – phew! Well actually we farmers love to try new things – but only if we are darn sure they will improve our lives, save time, and produce much better food.  Complete skeptics.

The truth is, we almost all need to have either a very positive experience or a real disaster to give us the incentive to try something new. I know because I am that way.

So this week, we decided to help a bit by putting a gift in your bag that you can simply give to someone who has been kind-of, sort-of on the fence about changing the way they source their food.

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No More Mystery Meat!

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Frito Lay truck 800x400

I was on my beautiful short commute this past Monday morning from Calais Vermont to Berlin – when this phrase popped into my head from the distant past … Mystery Meat! I started laughing because I had just been preoccupied in thought about what I would write about this week, and kept thinking how strange it is now that we do not know where most all of our food really comes from.

So let me explain for those of you who have never experienced Mystery Meat! I may be dating myself a bit here – but do you remember back in high school or grade school in the cafeteria when there often seemed to be a selection for lunch that defied identification?

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