Last week I put the finishing touches on our first ever “Annual Report” for members, which details much of what went on over the course of the 2012 growing season. This report will be available to all of you online this week.
Suffice it to say that we accomplished a great deal together in the face of big odds (the drought) in 2012. I am immensely grateful to everyone at Featherstone Farm who made these successes possible- from Greta and Evan and Dana and Katie, to the Gasca brothers and everyone else in the field crews and warehouse. We did end up losing a substantial amount of money combating drought, however, and that leaves us all a bit humbled approaching 2013.
On the upside, we are also much, much better prepared for drought now, than we were 12 months ago. And we have a lot of new lessons and experiences under our belts which will help ensure that 2013 is a better (less stressful and more profitable) season than ever before. A strong dose of humility never hurt anyone!
As the first days of greenhouse seeding approach next week, I can tell you that I am more optimistic than ever. Because it’s not just the great soil, crew and farm plan that we have going for us moving forward at Featherstone Farm. We have great customers like you, who have been with us, in some cases, for years, through thick and thin. As I think about all that we’ve accomplished over the years at Featherstone Farm, it’s this community ~ consumers and producers, urban and rural, families and immigrants and neighbors and friends far and wide~ that I’m most delighted with.
Thank you for another great season of CSA membership and support, for your notes and messages, your visits to our farm through the season. All of us at Featherstone Farm look forward to seeing and serving you again in the near future (those new onions will be out of the ground in 10 days!).