Steve’s Weekly Update 3/23/11

Climatology 2011: The wind machine is cranking up!  Blowing hot and cold.  It’s spring.  A dusting of snow on the ground this morning.


Finance Revolution, continued!


This week’s Cow stories:  Mesa Top cows, and Jim Miller Ayrshire project:

We lost Dottie.  We will have to put her down later this week.  Something went wrong in her rehab and her back legs have lost any strength.  I am sure I know what went wrong and it was a decision I made that did not work.  You can imagine how THAT feels.

I am determined to learn from this and get better prepared.

Remember that after the Hallmark Westland fiasco, the option of reducing loss on downer cows by turning her into beef was taken away.  Downers are not allowed in the food supply.  From all of the ongoing research we have done, there is more and more effort and understanding into dealing with downer cows.

We will have to buy some stuff, and have it on hand, and then if something goes wrong we will be ready to intervene in the right way from the start.

As I have learned in biodynamic farming, domesticated animals sacrifice themselves for our well being.  We can’t save Dottie, but her sacrifice will benefit others.  It has to be that way…

Maya, her cousin, had a calf yesterday.  Another boy!  Well, there is going to be plenty of sustainably produced beef over the next year or two…  We are working to offer a meat share, hoped to role it out this week, but may not make it.

By the way, would members be interested in a “group buy” of some medium sized freezers?  With monthly financing, so that people would have a place to store larger amounts of beef, chicken, or processed vegetables and fruit?  Please mention to Dena if you are interested in this idea.  I will work on that also, while I am resting…


This week’s cheese share update:

We have samples of the first Mesa Top cheddar to reach 90 days of age.  The quality of cheese is coming along…

This week the cheese share will be Mesa Top Garlic Basil Mozzarella and smoked Gouda.


This week’s Veggie/Share Update:

More Greens arrive! This week we have a large bunch of chard from Los Poblanos Organics.  Thank you, Monte for your support and collaboration with Beneficial Farm CSA.  More from Monte to follow, next week!  Our other fresh item is sunny sprouts from Sungreen living foods.  We plan to keep offering sprouts from time to time through the season.  We want to support Sungreen and the terrific food that they offer us year round.

We are strong on grocery this week:  with pinto beans and quinoa, from our local farmers in Estancia and San Luis Valley.

And on the sweet and fruity side we have organic apple juice and frozen cherries, from Big B’s in Hotchkiss Colorado and Shiraz in La Luz, NM respectively.


Membership news:

Thank you for your increasing investment in the CSA as we begin to anticipate our relationship building efforts with our farmers going into the 2011 growing season.

We appreciate your continued support!

Steve Warshawer



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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss of Foggy and Dottie. We do know in Biodynamic farming that we learn from everything. Wishing you better things to come this year.

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