As a big pre-Christmas rain sets in and the mountains get lots of snow, we are pulling all last-minute farm items out of the field. It feels good to make sure all has been put away by New Year, and we can start the season fresh. Our last task is to remove the black tarp we laid down for cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash. Under the tarp lay all our drip irrigation; when lifting this up, we always find lots of critter tunneling during the winter months. The birds of prey—the eagles, marsh hawk and ravens—loom large to see if they can pounce for lunch or dinner. They seem to have 20:20 vision!
As we head into 2020, we have our own visions, and we are excited to start after the holidays. This year, we will embark upon greater metrics of all of our fields, pack station and general use of resources. This year, we look to use less water and start to look at our water footprint, just as we do our carbon footprint. As water is a vector for many things, we are continually bettering our systems and making them safer to uphold our Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification.
The holidays are always a time for quieter reflection on the farm, and we hope that as you engage in your farm boxes, you find great joy in the simple beauty of clean, organic, healthy food—for this is a gift we all can cherish.
Happy Holidays to all our wonderful members. You make our world brighter.
Yours in good farming,
Full Circle Team on Griffin Creek Farm!
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