To wit, I have been working on 3 separate projects which, taken as a whole, should give a pretty good picture of this "big picture" and where we stand in relation to it.
The first of these 3 projects is the farm's Mission Statement, drafted in December and edited/released earlier this month. The condensed version of this statement is:
Featherstone Farm is committed to produce and distribute high quality, certified organic fresh vegetables, in a way that reflects values of personal, financial and environmental sustainability.
The Mission Statement -and some writing elaborating on it a bit- are available here.
The second of these projects is the 2013 Annual Report, which I've been working on, off and on, for several weeks. This report is intended for all of the Featherstone Farm community- employees and customers, investors neighbors and yes, CSA members! It will cover goals that we set out for ourselves in 2013, and how much progress we made (or lacked) on each. The 2013 Annual Report will be complete and available on the website next week.
The third and final "big picture" update is at a concept stage only, but will become a priority for me next week. The Mission Statement refers to "values of personal, financial and environmental sustainability" in all aspects of the Featherstone Farm operation. The website goes into some detail on what I mean by these three levels of sustainability, but the "progress report" on achieving them is 3+ years out of date. So this month I propose to update this "progress report on sustainability" as of the winter of 2014. (Sneak preview: we have invested very heavily in environmental sustainability since 2010, but at significant cost to personal and financial sustainability; the pendulum must swing back in the other direction in 2014!). I hope to have this writing out (on the website, and linked through our e-newsletter) by the first of February.
As always, I am curious to hear from all members of the Featherstone community- from you- about these big picture ideas. Because in addition to great produce, great employees and great soil, Featherstone Farm has always been about a broader community of people drawn together by shared commitment to local, organic farm principles. I will do what I can to make these principles clear and transparent for all to see; I hope that you can take the time to let me know what you think as well!