Happy Thanksgiving Week!November 23rd, 2013
First of all, I apologize for the break in farm newsletters. Chalk it up to Fall sickness, lots of internet connectivity issues, to being very busy, and sometimes not being able to find the right words even if I wanted to.
The weather has let up on us a little bit over the last couple of weeks. Nights and mornings are still cold, and today is super blustery…feels like winter. But mostly the sun breaks mid-day, lighting up the mountains, and we are oh-so-grateful to live in such a gorgeous valley.
We’ve had so much going on over the past few weeks! We hosted the Sonoran Desert Homeschool Group out for a tour, some goat petting, and potato pulling. It was a blast, and the kids were terrific.
We also hosted the Community Food Bank’s Youth Farm Project this past Saturday. The program, which gives Tucson-area youth an education in food systems and food production, is an impressive example of the work that the Community Food Resource Center has been doing for years now. The youth were interested, mature, and competent–asked lots of questions and weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Thanks to the YFP for helping us get some of our Winter starts transplanted and more sweet potatoes harvested!
This week, we said a sad goodbye to Rachel, our harvest manager. Rachel has been with us for the last year and a half, and we’ve grown to love her dearly. One of the most hilarious people we’ve ever met, we’re sure she’ll continue cracking people up in her new position as Farm Manager at an urban farm in Muskegon, Michigan. As amazing people continue to cycle through Sleeping Frog, we are so proud to have been a part of their food production journeys. Rachel, there aren’t words to express how much we’ll miss you. We love you!!!
But with sad goodbyes, there are always happy hellos. Laurel, who worked with us last year, has returned to largely manage our harvesting and packing operations. I’m late in publicly welcoming her, as she’s already been here for almost a month. Welcome back, Laurel!!!
That’s it for us this week. Happy Thanksgiving!!!