For every week over the past three and a half months I have planned and wanted and intended to send out an email writing these very words: we bought a farm!
Why the three and a half month lapse? Well we've been busy...
In late June we settled on a 14-acre farm and home in Nazareth. The property includes 12 acres of tillable land with prime soils for growing vegetables, a small home, a four-car garage which we will converting into our vegetable wash area and CSA pick-up room, and an old timber-framed wood barn which, after a face-lift, will one day house Duke, Daisy, and their yearly need of fodder.
The past three and a half months have been full: of tasks, of emotions, of decisions, of goals, of to-do lists, of moving stuff. Now, as Autumn announces itself with stunning displays of leaves and cooler nights finally dipping into the 30s, we have our 2018 strawberries planted and fenced for deer protection, 12 acres in beautifully-growing cover crops, an irrigation well dug, and almost all of our farm supplies and equipment moved to our new spot. This sunny Saturday, we were blessed with a mighty crew of workers and volunteers who helped us plant and mulch 6000 bulbs of garlic before the rain came. Over the next week, we look forward to moving our horses and ourselves to their and our new home, and all settling in for winter.
We'll keep our hands busy and backs strong for the remainder of the fall erecting our greenhouse (for starting seedlings) and high tunnel (for growing tomatoes and other crops with the added protection from the elements and warmth from being grown in a plastic house), doing some "light" house remodeling, and organizing all of our farm supplies in preparation for the work ahead. We feel blessed to be here in this place, readying ourselves and our land to delve back into running Good Work Farm in 2018.
Despite our hopes, you probably noticed we moved our farm further from our Zionsville community of members than we had wanted. In light of this, we are in the midst of finalizing details on a Zionsville drop location for our 2018 CSA season. Details coming soon! We look forward to continue including our Zionsville families in our new farm, both by bringing vegetables to you each week, and by inviting you to come to the farm for seasonal festivities, human, equine, and canine visits, or just to get your hands in the dirt. We will continue to offer on-farm CSA pick-up on our farm in Nazareth, including the you-pick garden of herbs, flowers, berries, and more.
No matter the distance, we look forward to welcoming you to our farm; whether as CSA members, volunteers, or visitors, we are working steadily to transform our place into one that can be a place of comfort, exploration, sustenance, and of course flavor for our immediate and extended communities. Look forward to farm work parties, potlucks, open-houses, bonfires, and other events in 2018 and for seasons to come.
We wish each of you a cozy Autumn; stay tuned for CSA information for the 2018 season coming over the next week or two- both for Zionsville and Nazareth locations, and feel free to be in touch with questions or hellos.
~Lisa & Anton
Anton M. Shannon