"You give them something to eat" – Jesus of Nazareth
Thursday, October 26
Today is the last farm share pick-up for this year’s Community Supported Agriculture program. For 22 weeks we’ve provided over 90 different crops and over $500 in value to our shareholders that paid in $450!
Last Friday night was a great night to Celebrate the Harvest and another successful growing season. Thanks again to all that came out to celebrate with us and support us so we can keep growing in the future!!
To our farm shareholders, thanks again for investing in 5 Loaves Farm. We hope the investment has paid off for you! Our goal is to try and provide at least 10% in value more than what our shareholders pay in, to reward them for investing in us, but also to accommodate for any sacrifice in convenience they have made to participate in the program. This year it works out for both the large and small shareholders, that basically the last two weeks of pick-up were free! Again thank you for partnering with us to allow us to grow healthy foods and get them out to our community.
The value of investing in an urban farm like 5 Loaves Farm is not just monetary, however. Blighted urban land has been cared for and transformed into productive space. It has become a space for peoples souls to be nourished and bodies to be fed. It has become a space to give the youth of our neighborhood a chance to work their first job, and become equipped with skills that will help them succeed in the future. It has become a space that is a crossroads between the many cultures of our neighborhood. People of different economic and ethnic backgrounds gather to share their knowledge, work together, and enjoy both the beauty and bounty of the gardens together. This looks like an 89 year old Italian immigrant swinging the pickax with us to show us how to efficiently create a bed. It looks like a Karen farmer bringing their saved seeds and sharing with us so we can grow their favorite crops, or African families showing us how to properly harvest crops they grew in their homeland. This has looked like our neighbors from Puerto Rico harvesting a bit from the garden and transforming it into their favorite dishes that they’ve shared with us. It’s also looked like us distributing compost to Nepali families that are growing specialty crops right in their yards! Again, creating a space where all this happens, is part of the value of investing in 5 Loaves Farm.
For those of you that got to Celebrate the Harvest with us in our new farmhouse last Friday evening, you got to see some of this in action. A number of neighbors were involved in cooking soups that were from their specific ethnic background. Others pitched in to help us cook some of our favorite foods, others made desserts and helped serve visitors to the event. Still others brought their talents and entertained the kids with face painting and balloon animals. Our hope for the farm as a whole, and now especially this new farmhouse, is that it is a hub where the neighborhood, with all its diverse ethnicities and classes can come together to discover the value that each of us has, and what we have to share with each other. This event was a “pay-as-you-can” event, and many gave generously to not only cover the cost of this event, but to make more like it in the future possible. Thanks to those that gave, and see the value in what 5 Loaves Farm is doing.
So, though our main growing season may be coming to an end, keep watch for events throughout the year at the farmhouse. These will be events that will continue to connect our community, provide us a chance to share the things we value with each other, and in the end create a more healthy community!