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Tough Year

Posted 12/9/2016 3:53pm by Jonathan Wenger.

Hello friends and customers.

It’s been far too long since updating you and so much has happened.  I want to share with you some of the struggles and victories from this last year.

This summer was by far the toughest and most trying of my farming career.  In mid-May I was struck by a complex migraine which manifested as stroke-like symptoms, so I spent the night in the hospital.  I am quite fine now, but over the following months the frequency of my migraines and headaches increased greatly.  I was missing as many as 10 work days every month.  As you can imagine, missing that much time really put the squeeze on the farm.  Some tasks got delayed, others forgotten about completely.

At the same time that I was having health trouble, I was not able to find enough help to ensure that we had enough hands to get farm tasks done on time.  This was a horrible combination.   You may have noticed less consistency in our offerings and the complete lack of some items this season.  That was because we had crops failing and weeds taking over large portions of the farm.  With all this very demoralizing stuff going on around, it was tough to be motivated and optimistic.

So far I have painted a pretty sad picture of this last season around the farm.  I admit that it’s been tough psychologically and even spiritually, but not everything was bad.  Our winter carrots have turned out great and I learned some good lessons from my no-till winter squash.  We were finally able to put in the irrigation well that we have been needing for some time.  And of course, the pastured chicken was awesome!

I’ve also learned a lot of good lessons regarding leadership, organization, and planning.   Doing simple things like writing down my plans so others can easily pick up the slack and learning to de-stress will make a huge difference in the future.  I am so pumped for next year and I can’t wait to start implementing some of the many new ideas running through my head!

If you have bought from our online store or patronized our stall at the farmer’s markets, THANK YOU!  Thank you to all of you who voiced your support and appreciation for our produce this summer.  You have all been so encouraging.  With your help and support, I know next year will be our best yet!

Know your food, know your farmer.


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