From the Farmer

We Get By with A Little Help from Our Friends

Happy Friday once again, Farm-ily!

Now that we’re in our 7th week of Winter CSA, our hands and minds are truly working feverishly on Spring. There are seeds spread on the conference table, and germination chambers underway. Each day brings us a little victory, a nugget of planning come to fruition, like our new CSA pickup location at Greenheart Juicery in Aldie (details to come). One aspect of our operation that is always crucial to our success is the participation of our Farm-ily, both in spreading the word about CSA, and in volunteering your time and talents at the Farm.

We were so lucky last year to have amazing volunteers, both as CSA attendants in the Farm Stand, and helping us to pack and harvest here on the Farm itself. We’d love to have even more of you join us in 2020! We have openings for CSA attendants, the friendly folks who hlep you retrieve you shares and extras at the Farm Stand, on both Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. We also have opportunities for pack shed assistants during the day on Tuesday and Friday. Pack shed assistants need to be able to comfortably lift 20+ lbs, and not mind a little dirt during the course of the shift. These volunteers will help wash and package the weeks’ harvest for our other members. We’re delighted to train new volunteers for either of these positions. For any of you that have a background and interest in horticulture, we are also looking for 1-2 skilled volunteers to assist with large harvests on Mondays and Thursdays. For all three of these roles, our ideal volunteers will be able to commit to 18 out of the 25 weeks of our CSA season in the same time slot. All volunteers completing 20+ hours of work at the Farm receive an employee discount of 15% on the following CSA season.

Want to spend more time on the Farm, but don’t have regular availability? We have a spot for you, too! Throughout the season, we have several opportunities for what we like to call “bulk harvests”. Some of our crops, like winter squash or potatoes, require little to no experience to harvest and are all ready in one fell swoop. Many hands make light work, even in the case of thousands of pounds of crops loaded onto our trailers in a single day. We’ll be sending out emails and social media posts throughout the season, a few weeks in advance of these bulk harvests. You can expect to see chances to work alongside our crew pulling beets and carrots in June, watermelon in July, potatoes in August, and squash in September. Each event will be family friendly, and followed by an on-farm potluck dinner for everyone involved.

Email us anytime at farm@willowsfordfarm.com if you’d like more info on any of our volunteer opportunities. Thanks for sharing your time with our crew!

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