Maysie's FarmMaysie's Farm Newsletter: Fresh from the Fields
Winter 2006-07

January 11, 2007
Greetings and Happy New Year!

If the recent unseasonably warm weather has you thinking of springtime, you're not alone! We are planning for the start of the CSA season now — choosing varieties, calculating quantities, scheduling plantings — and visualizing the fields as a patchwork of diverse crops coming to fruition. This year we're especially concentrating on recruiting our workforce since, as you'll recall, last season was so adversely impacted by a labor shortage. While we are enhancing the educational component of our internship program, more importantly, we are implementing a plan to decrease our dependency on interns by hiring some hourly farm laborers. Hourly workers are significantly more expensive than interns and this necessary cost increase is reflected in our 2007 CSA share prices. However, an improved workforce will be able to provide you a more bountiful share of our produce than in recent years.

You will see on the attached 2007 membership form that we are showing our appreciation for your continued support by offering a discount to returning members who enroll by February 15th. We have simplified the membership structure by offering only two share sizes: a Family Share, which will be somewhat larger than our Small Share from last year, and a Large Family Share, which will be twice as much food as the Family Share. We are also simplifying our cooperative marketing arrangements even as we work to expand the options available to you. If you're planning on participating in our CSA this year — and we hope you are — please print out the membership form and mail it in at your earliest convenience. And please don't hesitate to share the form with anyone else you know who might be interested in joining our CSA.

You can find a copy of the form to print out here:

Looking forward to a great season and hoping to hear from you soon.

Thanks for your support,


CSA memberships for the 2007 season are going fast! Spread the word about Maysie's Farm to anyone you think may be interested in joining, and register BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

Wish List
Looking to get rid of any of the following items? Maysie's Farm will put them to good use! The first three needs are for our new "office," which is (still) under construction in the old "staff room":

• Wooden file cabinets
• Small electric range/oven
• Sink base, under-counter cabinets, wall cabinets and a short length of countertop material
• Picnic table(s)
• Large outdoor canopy
• Solar powered walkway lights (ideally to match the two donated by Martha Thomae)
• Straw bale chopper (for mulching large areas)
• Assistance building a bio-diesel production system or a compost tea brewing system
• Diesel station wagon or delivery vehicle for use as our produce hauler (for the Farmers Market and our Farm and School partnership) that we could run on bio-diesel or vegetable oil
• Housing for potential Farm Manager
Please contact Sam at (610) 458-8129 if you can donate any of these items.

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