From the Farmer

Week 6 – 6/17/2013

*Reminder: No CSA Pickup This Week

Reminder that there is no CSA veggie share this week, June 19 & 22.  

Egg and Flower shares will be here for pickup.

The Farm Stand will be open on Wednesday and Saturday.

Peak Daylight – global catastrophe or annual astronomical occurance?

Solstice, you’ll remember from grade school, occurs when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky.  On June 21 we will be most inclined to the sun and this will be our longest day of the year.

So are you farmers going to hang out at Stonehenge?  

This season the solstice week falls neatly between spring and summer – spring crops have run their course and summer crops have not yet gone on ascent.  More important, we take this week to step back for a moment before summer and fall, revaluate the trajectory of the season so far, and make adjustments heading into the meat of the season (or tofu of the season for vegetarians).

The pause in the season is also the best way we’ve found to make sustainable agriculture a little more sustainable for farmers.  This is just week six of almost thirty CSA weeks, but week 19 for us!  While we don’t take the week off, we use the “extra time” to focus on field work, get our summer cover crops in, fix the flat tires, change the oil, and otherwise get to the things that weather and the usual flow of a season has kept us from.

Back next week!

Meet Your Farmer: Allison Hahn

One of the things we consider in the fields is the way in which farming affects our relationships.  

  • Enhances – we bring home the bacon.  Well, literally at least.  
  • “Strengthens” –  you put your farm clothes in the washer with my work clothes? 
  • No affect(tion) – dirt, diesel, fish fertilizer and energy to make dinner and fall asleep on the floor next to the couch.  Who has time for relationships?

In this week’s installment of Meet Your Farmer, Allison Hahn, joins the Weed Dating online dating network.  

Read on… and be great,

Mike

all about allison hahn

Name:  Allison Hahn

Age: 26

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

From: Leesburg, Virginia

Graduated From: Loudoun County High School 2004, University of Virginia 2008 (Wahoowa!)

Studied: Anthropology and Art History

Status: Single

Seeking: Unrequited love from Bella, the farm dog, and many, many goat snuggles

Hobbies: Hiking, Wine tasting Virginia wine, Reading, being outside

Places I Used to Call Home: Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, New Orleans, Chile

Former Jobs:  AmeriCorps, Waitress, ESL Teacher

Likes:

  • Saving goats from the deer fence
  • Teaching the farm crew Spanish
  • ‘That’s what she said’ jokes
  • Washing salad greens every Wednesday and Friday
  • Crimson Clover
  • Practicing Yoga (ie stretching after a long day on the farm)
  • Phosphorescent earthworms
  • Making fun of Farmer Mike
  • Washing my hands of tomato plant juice
  • ‘Pick Your Own’ signs
  • Pool memberships!
  • Long walks around the farm
  • Translating what Catherine says
  • Goat cheese
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50 only)
  • Empress of India Nasturtium

Dislikes

  • Picking strawberries in the rain (think “Strawberry Fields Forever”)
  • Food that is not locally sourced, and meat
  • Goats getting their head stuck in the deer fence
  • Watching Radish mangle mice
  • Being asked if I play/ed basketball and/or volleyball (answers: yes and yes)
  • Reapplying sunscreen on top of sweat and dirt, for the 2nd and 3rd time each day
  • Mike’s enthusiasm at 7:30 am
  • Back pain
  • That Bella is STILL afraid of me after 3 months!

Favorite Farm Activities:

  • Pruning and trellising endless rows tomato plants (with more to come!)
  • Escaping the farm and sneaking fresh strawberries in the garden!
  • Planting onions, squash, tomatoes, potatoes etc etc etc
  • Tick checks
  • Utilizing my muscles
  • Mowing the farm on the little tractor!
  • Massaging soil with Deb at the garden
  • Amish family vacations (rock picking)          
  • Anything/Anywhere that Radish is

Least Favorite Farm Activities:

  • Pruning tomatoes in the high tunnel (think sauna)
  • Bug walks (pest control. sad.)
  • Strawberrries

Most Beautiful part of the Farm:

  • Crimson Clover (sadly now gone)
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Freshly tilled soil
  • Lavender in the garden
  • Beautiful green potato plants!           

In my free time

  • I go to concerts, read, watch Law and Order: SVU, and plan my future travels (next stop: Oaxaca?!).

Three Interesting Facts About Me:

  • Recently returned from backpacking in Patagonia
  • Cut off and donated 12” of my hair
  • Now living in Virginia for the first time in 5 years

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