Steve’s Weekly Update 4/20/11

Climatology 2011: what can we say about spring?  Waiting for some moisture…  and waiting and hoping…

Mobile grocery store has its first day of operation as Santo Domingo Pueblo.  There is much more to accomplish in order to be successful, but it is off to a very good start.  I could not have gotten this project to where it is without the support and assistance of many members of the La Montanita management team.  Now there is a respite over the Easter holidays and then we begin again.  I will keep you posted about our progress.

Are you ready for a working vacation/”rest” at the farm?  We are in another staff transition as we continue to improve and refine farm processes and to be more cautious in our hiring.  We are looking for a family to move to the farm and take over the straw bale building.  There are a few improvements planned to that building to make it more of a “home.” We are concentrating on continuing to improve the cow / cheese process, with an eye to having a fully inspected and approved raw milk cheese kitchen within 30-60 days.  This means that we may not get to growing much produce this summer.  A lot depends on who comes along to help.

Meanwhile, we are interested in hosting “working guests,” from among members and friends, who are interested in staying for short (a day) to medium durations at the farm, and helping out with basic tasks.  The work load will not be intense; it can be directed according to the skills and interests of the guest.  Simply helping with general chores in exchange for a quiet place to write or do artwork is definitely an option.

We have plenty of space, good food, and generally clean (if you can look past a bit of dust) conditions.  If any members know of individuals who may wish to spend some time at the farm as working guests, or possibly to actually come out and work, or even a family who might want to live here, please contact Steve:  stevew@plateautel.net or 1-575-422-2238.

We also expect to be moving forward very soon with 10 homesites for sale adjacent to the farm, for people who want to live near a farm and enjoy its benefits and neighbors.  Watch for more information about farm home sites in the next month or so.

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

Candace’s calf is a girl!   That’s 2 of the last 3!  Still only 3 more calves due: one here and 2 at Kurtis’s, and we are done with calving until late fall. Candace’s girl is doing very well. The herd is also doing well.  The cool season grasses are growing well enough to finally get our feed costs down as most of the cows are off hay and are on pasture.

This week’s cheese share update:

This week’s cheese share includes:  provolone and green chile cheddar.

This week’s Veggie/Share Update:

We have a nice mix of fresh and storage and grocery items for you this week.   With bok choi and hakura turnips and salad mix from agricultura, and new crop onions from South Texas Organics, along with Apples juice made from 2010 fruit and last fall’s potatoes. We are getting near the end of the fall potato crop.

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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