By Francie Lin, GFN Writer-in-Residence I think everyone would rather forget the early pandemic days…
Crimson & Clover Farm
Crimson & Clover Farm wrapped up their 5th successful CSA season, and has expanded their Winter Share, which is now underway. They are leasing a full 90 acres now, allowing them to further expand, diversify, and rotate crops. We couldn’t be more proud of the progress Jen and Nate have made in such a short time!
Sawmill Farm had a very successful season as well, with a larger CSA membership, expansion to new farmers’ markets, adding medicinal herbs to CSA shares sold by other farmers, and construction of a new hoop house for drying herbs, which will extend Susan’s selling season. The farm will be growing again in 2016!
Slow Tractor Farm
As we announced in September, we are sorry to lose our good friends at Slow Tractor Farm, but we wish Andrea and Christian of luck both with their continuing grain farming efforts and their value added business, Valley Malt, which serves New England microbreweries with locally malted grains.
The good news is that we are planning to sign a lease with an organic vegetable grower serving wholesale and institutional markets in the valley to take over the 13-acre East Field, and we are also working on a small additional lease to a specialty vegetable grower on the South Field. More details to come once the leases are signed!