What a beautiful winter day! The plans are ready for the 2020 growing season - we've got a new logo - buy a share - leave a review!
Fox Creek Farm Winter newsletter, week of February 5, 2020
In this newsletter:
A new logo for Fox Creek Farm
Buy or reserve your share
Write a Fox Creek Farm CSA review - and enter our $ 50 share credit drawing.
We’re getting excited to return to the greenhouse to start the first plants for the 2020 growing season: longer days, warmer weather. Enough of winter!
The 2020 farm plan is ready to go – the review of our farm plan is probably one of the keys to our continuous improvement. We take time to go over the field and harvest notes, comparing expectations with actual results, and zooming in on sometimes large, sometimes small discrepancies. Should we try another variety to see if it has better fruit, or is more productive? And in a more holistic approach – what can we change to make our work more effective? Would a precision seeder free up time for other work as it could eliminate thinning carrots? What about bringing in a delivery driver to have more time for Raymond to work the fields?
And what can we do to keep up the success of our CSA? Yes, we are trying some new crops this season – and we considered your feedback form the end-of-season questionnaire. We think we know what went wrong with the 2019 melon planting (and re-plantings) – so expect more fruits. No apples yet, though, as our orchard is still too young.
So, as we’re moving through February, the seed orders will be filling our mailbox. We’ll be back working on the two now hightunnels. Frost seeding medium red clover for some annual cover cropping. Re-doing the farm website. Finishing up the barn addition and doing some maintenance on farm equipment.
It’s a pleasure to be your farmers!
Raymond and Sara
A new logo for Fox Creek Farm
“Yeah, and your farm logo ...”. That was one of the remarks of the U-Albany MBA students when we were working with them last fall. Well, designed the original Fox Creek Farm logo in 2004. At that time, we were just getting started. The CSA had 10 members. We were ignorant enough to give the farming a try – not knowing what we did not know. We moved from part-time farming to living and making a living off our farm. We consistently grow higher quality produce. It was time to embarked on creating a logo that better reflect the current state of Fox Creek Farm.
Our new logo tells anyone what we do: we grow exceptional produce. We choose the word “Exceptional” for many reasons. For the quality of the produce; the value of our CSA shares; that the produce is grown on a beautiful farm; and for the fact that it is grown by farmers you know.
The circular shape of the fox associates with the holistic farm management we advocate for – to evaluate and improve. It also represents the seasons that dictate the work on the farm, and most importantly the mutual relationship that we have with our customers, and our customers have with our farm.
We are proud of the result of weeks of sketching and word searching. We would love to hear what you think of the new logo, too!
Reserve your 2020 Fox Creek Farm CSA share
We love to grow exceptional produce, but to keep the farm afloat, we need to sell the produce, too! If you have not reserved your 2020 Fox Creek Farm CSA share, this is the time to think about it. Your support of our small family farm makes a big difference!
Something good to say about your favorite CSA? Write a review!
We invite you to share a few words about your favorite CSA online. Your opinions make a big difference to new members who are looking for a first or new farm to support. Writing reviews is easy.
We currently have some of your reviews on our Google Business page, on the farm's Facebook page, and on Yelp. Links to those pages are below. Simply click the link, and write your review.
And have a chance for a $ 50 credit towards your 2020 CSA share! For the new reviews posted between February 5 and February 19, we'll draw one winner who will receive a $ 50 credit towards their 2020 CSA share.
We had a winner for the social media campaign (#foxcreekfarmcsa) we ran in the last newsletter. Our congratulations go out to Brianna W.