Time has flown by since starting the first greenhouse seedlings of 2017 on March 2.   And so, here we are, 12 weeks later with the first delivery of the season from Ladybug Farms.  It is springtime at the farm, the greens are in abundance and they have loved all this rain from the last several days.  After eight years of struggling with strawberries, I finally have a crop to be proud of.  Strawberries top this years Dirty Dozen list compiled by the Environmental Working Group of crops with highest pesticide use.  Nothing but sunshine and rain on these delicious berries and I hope you enjoy each sweet bite!       

So much has happened since last fall.  The highlights include the arrival of Louie the kudzu and privet eating goat and his guardian donkey Lola and then just three weeks ago the birth of baby donkey Belle.  In February I received a huge honor by being selected to receive a tiny farmhouse built by UGA students and funded by Georgia Organics.  The house arrived in April and I intend to offer overnight housing and Adult Farm Camp later this season.  On the not so good side, last falls’ wildfires were a serious threat to the farm with controlled burns up to the edge of the farm.   Mom and I evacuated the animals and many of our belongings and hoped for the best.  In the end the numerous Forest Service and local firefighters kept us safe.  I gained a healthy new respect for the power of wildfires from that emotionally and physically draining experience. 

I was re-reading some old posts and came across this first delivery of the season post from 2010.  “People ask me often, “farming - don’t you just love it”?   I guess I’ve reached the point of saying “some days yes, and other days it really sucks”.  That’s the truth.  But as I hear about 100 mph winds in California last week (where 70% of our country’s organic food is grown), oil spills washing ashore in the Gulf of Mexico or 50 year floods in nearby Tennessee, I am more convinced than ever of the importance of local food and small, family farms and in many ways feel privileged to be a part of this growing grass roots movement.”  Still as true for me today as 7 years ago.  But now I’d have to add the importance of the nutritional value of eating healthy, local, in season food as perhaps the biggest contribution of all made by small organic farms.           

So thanks to each of you for helping to make this possible and I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10 am until noon in our new pick up location at the Rock House Park.  A special thanks to CSA member Stephen and the Clayton Garden Club for making this new location possible.  Please bring a bag for your goodies.

Until next week…

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