CSA Newsletter April 6th, 2021

SUMMARY: THIRD WEEK of SPRING 2021! - EXTRA VEGGIES! - FARM CREW SPOTILIGHT - NEW* - NURSERY SPOTLIGHT- ACI DONATION UPDATE AND DONATE TODAY! - DID YOU KNOW? - LOCATIONS AND TIMES - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK - WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK

Week 3 - The THIRD Week of SPRING CSA 2021!

HELLO DEAR CSA MEMBERS!


🤣🤣🤣🤣LOL! Oh boy, I feel like such a dope! Last week, you'll remember, I wrote this:"...sun is out and shining! The weather miraculously turned around from the coldest winter on record to a VERY hot Spring!," and no sooner did I hit "send" did the clouds move in and they haven't left ever since! And yes, I've been thinking about it all week with all this freezing and windy weather - oye! 🤣 The weather this week has been pretty cruddy, but oh well, that's life! But this Peyton wind!? We had a day last week, during the pickup that hit 55mph! Days like that are miserable, the trash from miles away comes our way and the dust and dirt fills your ears and eyes...then there's the damage that get's left behind. Without question, there is always some damage left behind...but I digress.


We have some great news! This week we hired a new employee named Esther! She will be starting with us in 2 weeks (exciting, but that means we are still short for 2 more weeks!). We also had our first Story Time on the Farm this past Friday! It was such a great event and our teacher, Tracy, did a fabulous job and the kids went home very happy (see picture above). We also have another amazing CSA for you this week! Loads of beautiful lettuce, scallions, radishes, turnips and more!


See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!

Enjoy your share this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group

 

Volunteering

Want to volunteer? We need weeders, harvesters, nursery workers, bag-packers, washers, construction/project helpers and we need help at the pickup locations and more! There is so much to do, there is something for everyone! Kids can help too (over 10y/o with supervision).


We still have some openings for some work-exchange shares as well.


Want to volunteer? Simply e-mail our amazing Administrator, Bekka at aci@ahavahcommunity.org to get more information and to sign up!


THIS WEEKEND! SUNDAY, APRIL 18th IS A VOLUNTEER DAY & OPEN HOUSE!


Come anytime between 12pm and 5pm to get your hands dirty and check out the farm!

The big project will be in transplanting the tomatoes and onions! We also have tons of winter cleanup to do and plenty of weeding too!


Pack a snack, some gloves and a water bottle and come on out! See you then!

 

EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE

DON'T FORGET: SNAP MEMBERS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!!

&

As always, all prices are

"Pay-What-You-Can-Afford."


See the weekly "What's in your Bag" e-mails that get sent on Wednesdays for your "extras" list.


👀GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND 2x DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!👀


For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to contact@ahavahfarm.com or via Venmo to Ahavah Farm, LLC or by paying with credit card over the phone.

 

SUMMER SHARES STILL AVAILABLE

We still have about 35 CSA memberships left for Summer 2021 - but that's it!!


Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to sign up.


If you are not an auto-renewal member and have not signed up for Summer, but want to save 5%, please e-mail Havah at contact@ahavahfarm.com to be placed on auto-enrollment and automatically save 5% every season.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

One of my favorite quotes of all time is from a Texas rancher name Jim Fischer and it goes like this: "Not a moment of life is wasted on a farm. Others may have been more places, but they haven't outlived me."


I asked my wife, Havah, one day what is one thing that she would want me to know before I die and her response took my breath away. She said, "Thank you for a full life." Wow! What a great response. When asked to unpack that response she hit me with the realities of what we have in our life and how grateful we really should be for every single second of this incredibly full and abundant life that our Creator has blessed us with.


Another quote that I like goes like this, "Farming is not a career, it's a lifestyle." These two quotes go hand in hand with each other and coupled with Havah's statement about a full life I can begin to understand what it is that we have created (or what's really been created around us!). We can't complain about not getting a lot of free time, or not making a lot of money or in not having a lot of conveniences because the life we live is an intentional life, purposely focused away from those very things. We started a farm not because we wanted money, I was an engineer at the time making over six figures per year! We didn't start a farm because we wanted an easy life full of convenience either, because quite frankly that's what the city life gave us: cushion, convenience and ease.


When we first chose farming we thought of the ideal lifestyle with our bare-feet in the soil and naps in the hammock and evenings watching the sunset. LOL. No, although moving to Peyton over 7 years ago and starting a farm has been an experience and a lifestyle of our choosing, it has been anything but that ideal dream-life we envisioned! We have found that farming has been a constant, never-ceasing, 24/7 effort and grind full of back-breaking and highly-stressful work from sun-up to sun-down. It's 7 days per week, holidays included, regardless of the weather. Farming doesn't take a break during snow-days, in fact it get's harder and more frustrating and the summer-time isn't a time for vacation, it's the time when our efforts need to increase the most! To top it all off, we discovered that what they say is true: farmers really do live under the poverty level. So what is there to be grateful for then? It sounds horrible!🤣


So yes, farming is a full life and it is busy, tiring and sometimes unbearable and full of disappointment - but that's not the whole story. See, when Havah told me, "Thank you for giving me a full life," she meant all of it and more. She meant the difficult times as well as the good times - for it is out of the difficult times that our family has forged our character and it is only through difficulty that anything meaningful can be produced.


What we have produced on this farm and the number of people we have been able to touch has been beyond words: Last year we were able to DONATE almost 20,000 meals to families in need! We were able to share our lessons with hundreds and fill our own lives with hundreds and thousands of lessons along the way (from all of you!). From homeschooling our children to guiding our team of employees to learning ourselves how to live a life without regrets while making the biggest impact we can to as many people as possible has been what this farm has really been about - whether we saw it or not!


Sure, Ahavah Farm grows amazing food - pure to the core and environmentally sustainable to the "T." However, I used to think that was what this farm was meant to be all about, but it never really has been - it's been about a lot more.


Ever since we started this farm our mission has been not about the calories we produce, instead it's always been about the lives that are being impacted through our daily interactions (and perhaps even more-so about the all of you coming into our lives and impacting US!). Whether that is through our smiles, our donations, our environmental projects or through the ethics and values that our children and employees put forth into the world - and we know this because it's what you tell us. You tell us about how much love our family and our organization has brought to the community, and as uncomfortable as it is to acknowledge this, we must do so in order to make an even bigger impact by recognizing where it comes from!


So how did we instill these values into our children and our team? Well, I don't think it has much to do with us. Sure, we try to live upright lives by example, but you can't TEACH work-ethic and self-sacrifice. You can talk about it and preach about it all you want, but when we shelter and protect our children by giving them everything they need and spoiling them, they will never understand what work-ethic and self-sacrifice really means. Therefore, I believe that it is the very things that we sometimes complain about (our busy and physically difficult work-week and our lack of freedom away and apart from the farm and the lack of financial abundance) that has made us strong and impactful in our world. It's the very hard-work and long hours and sense of dedication and determination that has molded our children and our family values into what they are today - and no amount of travel, convenience or easy-living would have given us 1/100th of the lessons we now carry in our pocket of life-wisdom - like the quote says, we may not have traveled like everyone else, but we sure have lived full lives!


When we moved here 7 years ago we were not seeking (necessarily) to become better people, to achieve some sort of "mission" or to even "find ourselves." However, it appears to us, and possibly to the people around us, that we have achieved (at least to a degree) all three of these ideals. We have found who we truly are meant to be and discovered a purpose in living intentionally and outwardly towards our community and our planet that has been very fulfilling and rewarding (we still have a long way to go, don't misunderstand!). We have also discovered a greater sense of value and have solidified our morals and purpose in living while allowing our faith to grow and while watching our family to flourish.


So, in closing, we recognize the enormous amount of sacrifice farming is and has been for our family, and we sometimes do feel like throwing in the towel when it gets too hard. However, we also can't ignore the fact that if it wasn't for our very sacrifice and the struggles we go through (which we never faced in our abundant "other" life that we lived) we wouldn't be the proud parents that we are, or have the merit and blessing to have achieved so much in the way of impact on our fellow human and community. It is through our very "full lives" that we have had such "full lives" and sometimes achieving convenience and abundance is not always the key to a happy life or an impactful, meaningful existence.

 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to Ahavah Community Initiative (registered 501c3) by CLICKING HERE.

Since 2018 We Have (not including Spring and Winter CSA's for 2021)...

  • Donated 154 CSA memberships to families in need! - Over A value of $53,900.00 of free food - OVER1,800 weekly BAGS of veggies😮!

  • Facilitated the donation of 42 Double Up Food Buck Grants valued at $15,750.00 of free food!

  • Taught 31 full-length classes on regenerative and biological agriculture.

  • Attended 48 outreach events to spread regenerative agriculture education to our community including school events, speaking engagements and markets.

  • Have provided 27 educational tours.

  • Hosted 4 large public events.

  • Educated 5 regenerative farming interns.

  • In addition, Ahavah Farm (aside from ACI) has donated an additional $56,750.00 worth of free food to numerous outlets and families in our local community

  • We have paid ZERO dollars to salaries or to "other" overhead.

Interested in making a tax-deductible donation? Ahavah Community Initiative is registered as a 501c3 with the State of Colorado as a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.