We are excited to start this CSA season. We haven’t decided yet if we will pack first shares on May 31st or June 7th--we are watching the crops grow and need one more week before we can make a solid prediction. Members receive much more information from us the week of May 21st. They will also be receiving a CSA essentials booklet in the mail from us in the next two weeks. We currently have 15 shares available.
When it rains it pours--the old saying goes. This last month at the farm Jeff and I have seen a lot of our long range plans beginning to take shape. It feels like many of the things we set out to accomplish when we started Three Sisters are finally taking shape and finding a home.
In mid-April we gained long term tenure over a 30 acre piece of land 3.5 miles from our home farm. The land is part of a new project that connects social impact investors interested in restoring the health of ecosystems with organic and biodynamic farmers seeking farmland. A wonderful aspect of this arrangement is that 10-30 percent of the property will be dedicated to monarch and other pollinator habitat at no cost to us.
With the land secured we have found a place to plant the hundreds of fruit trees we have been keeping in a nursery bed. We now have the confidence to grow our business. We have taken out a small equipment loan and begun some infrastructure projects to update our home property so that we will be able to store the additional produce we will grow to distribute in the winter and spring.
We look forward to getting more feedback from our current members as we fine tune our winter and spring share options that we would like to offer in the not so distant future. This summer we will be sending out a survey to get feedback and hope to follow up with a smaller focus group.
We also plan to raise funds to help us complete our infrastructure projects this year. Many of you expressed interest when we raised funds through Kiva a number of years ago at zero interest rate. We are considering doing something similar this July. Instead of Kiva we would use promissory notes and offer a modest return. If you are interested in investing in our business feel free to reach out.