Farm news: Winter time at Fox Creek Farm. New Year sign-up special. Another note on Ag overtime pay.
Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of December 29, 2021
New Year sign-up special
Welcome, Nathan Chayce Henry
Another note on Ag Overtime Pay
We’ve settled in our winter routine. Sara is reviewing out farm notes to help with the update of the farm plan for the 2022 growing season. We’re Zooming (is that a verb?) around some farm conferences learning a thing or two. Cleaning and organizing. Maintaining and repairing farm equipment. And a little bit of farm building and construction. Wintertime at Fox Creek Farm!
The holidays were a stark reminder that we’re not ‘back to normal’, yet. Despite COVID vaccines and boosters, our holiday gathering ended up smaller than planned. We hear “Tested positive for COVID” so much more often now that Omicron is around. Be careful!
We are getting excited about 2022. Another chance to again improve on our farming skills. To try to strike a better balance between the demands of the farm and life. And hopefully to find better ways of living with the COVID pandemic.
To a good, healthy, optimistic, and safe 2022,
Raymond and Sara
New Year Sign-up Special
Is eating exceptional produce your New Year’s resolution? Time to renew your Fox Creek Farm CSA share if you have not done so yet!
With the strong early renewals, our medium shares are almost sold out, with just 12 remaining at the time of this writing. Full shares: 53.
For a good start of the New Year, we are offering a 2% sign-up discount, ending 1/9/22. Use code BETTER22 when you check out on the website (link below).
On December 11, Barryton’s partner gave birth to their son, Nathan Chayce Henry!
Another note on Ag Employee overtime pay
In our last newsletter we touched on the issue of NYS farm worker overtime pay. We were anticipating a decision on this issue from the NYS Farm Worker Wage Board on 12/15/21, but Commissioner Reardon (NYS DOL) decided on more hearings. It’s leaving us guessing what the 2022 farm payroll situation will be.
Avoiding the uncertainty that comes with the Wage Board indecisiveness, we are working on long-term plans that would enable us to meet overtime pay requirements without putting the farm in financial “dire straits”. With all the uncertainty that surrounds farming (the weather, for one), it’s always good advice to take control of as many variables as you can!