CSA Newsletter June 29th, 2021

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

Week 2 - The SECOND Week of SUMMER CSA 2021!


Hello Dear CSA Members!

I hope this finds you well and that you enjoyed your first week of Summer CSA vegetables. Last week was a tough first week, but all things seem to be going smoother now. It's always a big scramble every season for a few weeks and then it smooths out.


The weather is looking great this week and we have a great looking share for you. We have loads of food coming your way and the Summer crops are really starting to look like it's Summer! :) Soon enough you will be throwing the squash and tomatoes back at us, but for now, enjoy a few more weeks of Spring-ish veggies.


This week we have a few exciting items like Beets and garlic scapes! Oh-my-goodness - the scapes are here...and we have a T-O-N of them!! Every member this week will be loaded up with these gorgeous beauties along with lettuce, beets, turnips, carrots, leek greens 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

Our next Open-House volunteer day is not until June 18th, but that doesn't mean you can't come before then!


We need volunteers all the time! Weeding, planting, cleaning, harvesting, bagging and so much more.


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


 

EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE

More and more items will be for sale as we progress through the season. Remember:

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

&

As always, all prices are

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


👀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 REGISTRATION CLOSED...HOWEVER...



 

DID YOU KNOW?

WHERE IS YOSEF? Well, some of you have been asking where I am, and I thought this would be a good place and opportunity to share with you my status.


Don't worry, I'm still right here, behind the curtain trying to make this operation as successful as possible! 😁 I write all of these newsletters and I do my best to operate the business to the best of my ability, but the truth is that I just don't have the time (or the energy) to extend myself as extensively as I would like to (or used to) - which means I have been trying to cut out the non-essentials and make some major changes in my personal life. Things like videos, CSA pickups (though it's my favorite😍!) and general admin duties like marketing and Social Media just take up too much of my time (I hope that's ok!) and they need to take a back seat temporarily so I can focus on what's needed the most. In truth, I do miss all of those things - especially the markets and the CSA pickups, as seeing you all is the highlight of why I started this farm in the first place. Unfortunately, however, it just is the season of my life and the truth be told, as much as I miss those aspects, I need a break.


There's a major additional reason, that I want you to know about (since you are not just our customers, you are literally "my community" and many of you have wanted to know what to pray for and how to support): Burnout, physical and spiritual health are the biggest struggle for me at this time, let me explain.


Burnout is a very real thing, and it's vulnerable for me to say this, but it's something I am experiencing very intensely right now. For the last 7 years we have operated this farm from sunup to sundown through storms, hail, new babies, through Covid and through Cancer. The last 3 years or so have been the most difficult years of my life, and the life of our family. We have gone with little sleep and very little pay and have endured enormous hardships along the way. We poured everything we have into Teva Organics (our Hemp company) and lost over $400k, then there was the bomb-cyclone which was another $400k loss including 6 greenhouses, then finally, there was Cancer and Covid and both of them took HUGE tolls, not only on the farm, but on my life and my family's cohesiveness as well. In addition to all of this are the problems with my physical body, apart from the cancer: Those that know, know that I am very limited in my physical abilities due to my health (it's hard to admit that fact!!). I often walk with a cane when not around others and operate in a high level of pain 24/7 for the last 23 years - something that has been coming to a culmination point over the last few years specifically, as it has progressively gotten worse (I failingly attempt to hide this from public view).


Now, I don't tell you all of this for sympathy - far from it! However, since you are all "invested" in this organization and in our family and community, you should know! I tell you this because I know that I am the face of the farm, ACI and the Nursery and there have been numerous requests for my presence and questions about my status (🙏 I miss and love you too!).


You know, when you add these things up (and you add in a host of things I am not willing to share here), you can start to understand that burnout was just waiting and crouching at the door ready to pounce when things seemed calmer...well, it hit and it hit hard! You know, sometimes you don't even see it coming, and that's how it was here. But now that it's here, the emotional drain that burnout has had on me has been nothing short of a crushing weight that seems to take all the air out of my lungs...


👉…but I love this farm, and I love this community enormously and we love what this farm means to our family...so it's not going anywhere, and neither am I. However, I will be stepping down from a few roles and trying to stay behind-the-scenes as often as possible. I need a rest, I need to heal and to try and get my head screwed back on straight for a period of time. I need to fix the finances, increase production, focus on innovation and focus on my health and my family. I should have done this while I had first gotten diagnosed with cancer, but Covid wasn't having it and I pushed the entire time (bad idea 🤦‍♂️) - now I am suffering the consequences of not resting!


Anyway, look, I love this community and I hope this wasn't too vulnerable for this newsletter, but I know that many of you love me too and you miss me just as much as I miss you 🥰! We are a community, and you are mine - truly, we have to support each other as one too! So I'm sharing and I hope it get's received with love and with the right intention ❤.


Please know that I am here, just know that I am trying to take a break from the public view for a while so that I can continue to operate Ahavah Farm, Ahavah Community Initiative, Ahavah Farm Nursery on a high level for years to come. Things are good and the future is bright. The farm is solid and we are excited for the next season!

 

🔦 Ahavah Community Initiative SPOTLIGHT 🔦

A lot has been happening lately, almost too much to share. Recently we have been putting on a bunch of classes and events and you have been hearing about all of them, and that's great! We love teaching and we love community. But what we love to do the most is to serve others in need. The core aspect of ACI, Ahavah Community Initiative, is to support struggling families by donating free food. Not just any food, however, PURE, regeneratively grown food, grown locally in a way that is beneficial to our environment, our health and our community at large.