2014 Signup Info and Updates!

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Now is the time when we write to ask for your support this year, so that we are able to grow food and care for this land and community. We invite you to join our farm community, to come to Great Song every week from June til early November to pick up a variety of fresh vegetables grown using organic/biodynamic practices, with help from Sunny and Kate, our draft horses. 

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Please see our new Brochure for all the glorious details and our 2014 Membership Commitment Form and Budget to sign up! Tell all your friends! We want you to be part of the Great Song Farm Community! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Anthony or Sarah at 845-758-1572 or greatsongfarm@riseup.net. We are happy to announce the following additions and improvements for this coming season...

Deer Fencing 
We have a solid plan to secure our food crops for human consumption this coming season and in years to come. To emphatically let the deer know they are not welcome, we have budgeted and plan to invest in and erect an 8 foot high mesh fence, staked to the ground, around our growing areas. We need an additional $9,000, which we will draw from our anticipated 2014 member contributions, in order to purchase the fencing in the next couple weeks, so that we are ready to set it up when the ground thaws! With this in mind, please send in your member commitment forms with deposits/full payments ASAP! 
Your timely response will not only be very much appreciated but will make our deer fencing purchase possible! If 100 households send in $100 deposits in the next week, we'd be ready to make our purchase on February 15! Similarly, if just 20 households pay for their full shares right now we would easily have the funds needed for this important purchase.

Great Song Farmstore
In addition to the Vegetable CSA featuring our delicious veggies, we are bringing in many other organic, biodynamic, local products for our members to purchase, including Strawberries and Blueberries from Thompson Finch Farm, Breads from Camphill Village, Soft and Hard Cheeses, Yogurt, Quark, and Fermented Vegetables from Hawthorne Valley Farm, Teas and Herbs from the Healing Plant at Camphill Village, Eggs from Mountain Brook Farm, Apples from Threshold Farm, and Honey and Beeswax products from resident treatment free Anarchy Apiaries. Wow, what richness in our valley!

New Greenhouse (Season Extension!)
To help us grow some crops later in the season, add winter greens (!) to our Winter CSA, as well as expand our early offerings next Spring, we have purchased a 96 foot long greenhouse.

Wholeshare – Community Buying
If that is not enough to fill your plate, we are now also a Wholeshare delivery site. Wholeshare is similar to a buying club, though they also offer many smaller sized items, more local, regional and organic products, and it is much simpler to use! Depending on the response, we will host at least one delivery monthly (maybe more) to coincide with our Tuesday vegetable pickup. Get your groceries, oils, bulk items, exotic fruits, meats, and more, right here on the farm. We'll be sending out more information on Wholeshare soon.

Sign up electronically (3% Service Fee)
In effort to make your payments easier, in addition to paying by cash or check, you can now make payments online through Paypal. Paypal is fast and easy but does charge the recipient of funds (Great Song) 3% per transaction. We ask that you please add this service fee amount to your online contributions. For example, if you make a payment of $440 for a Peck Share, please add $13.20 (3%) to your contribution, bringing your total to $453.20. So, here are the steps if you need or want to pay online:

1) Complete a commitment form electronically and email it to us.
2) Visit our Peck Share or Basket Share payment page on Paypal to make your contribution. Please don’t forget to add 3%!
Farm Crew
Our crew is rounding out well. We will be welcoming two apprentices to help with this year's work from April til November. We are excited about these folks coming and contributing to our community! Sarah will be working on the farm part-time, focusing on various tasks around the farm, and taking time to work on her Homeopathic studies and some other local projects.  Anthony will continue as our farmer.

Social and Education Events
We're excited to host a variety of social and educational events here on the farm this season. Please stay tuned for dates and themes! Also, if you have something to offer, or any suggestions, please let us know.

Community and Relationships
We are committed to fostering a healthy, vibrant community where people can form direct and meaningful connections to nature, agriculture, and each other. Come visit and get to know our cows, horses, chicken, and bees, your neighbors, and us, your farmers! Wander the fields and pick some peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, and flowers to savor and brighten your day. We endeavor to act responsibly and conscientiously, providing the utmost care for the soil, plants, animals, and our fellow humans. We want to include you!

Please, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch. Come to a free dinner which we will host monthly, come to a work day to help seed or plant or build a fence, come just to introduce yourself and say hello. Help spread the word through sharing on the internet as well as posting brochures in your workplace and places you frequent around town, we'll be happy to provide you with some.

Here's to a great year together in 2014!
-Anthony and Sarah

Our brochure and commitment form and budget for your convienence.

A little something else...

A Blessing

Just off the Highway to Rochester, Minnesota
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

-James Wright

A Winter Daybreak above Vence

The night’s drifts
Pile up below me and behind my back,
Slide down the hill, rise again, and build
Eerie little dunes on the roof of the house.   
In the valley below me,
Miles between me and the town of St.-Jeannet,   
The road lamps glow.
They are so cold, they might as well be dark.   
Trucks and cars
Cough and drone down there between the golden   
Coffins of greenhouses, the startled squawk   
Of a rooster claws heavily across
A grove, and drowns.
The gumming snarl of some grouchy dog sounds,   
And a man bitterly shifts his broken gears.   
True night still hangs on,
Mist cluttered with a racket of its own.
 
Now on the mountainside,
A little way downhill among turning rocks,
A square takes form in the side of a dim wall.   
I hear a bucket rattle or something, tinny,   
No other stirring behind the dim face
Of the goatherd’s house. I imagine
His goats are still sleeping, dreaming
Of the fresh roses
Beyond the walls of the greenhouse below them   
And of lettuce leaves opening in Tunisia.
 
I turn, and somehow
Impossibly hovering in the air over everything,
The Mediterranean, nearer to the moon
Than this mountain is,   
Shines. A voice clearly
Tells me to snap out of it. Galway
Mutters out of the house and up the stone stairs
To start the motor. The moon and the stars
Suddenly flicker out, and the whole mountain   
Appears, pale as a shell.
 
Look, the sea has not fallen and broken   
Our heads. How can I feel so warm   
Here in the dead center of January? I can   
Scarcely believe it, and yet I have to, this is   
The only life I have. I get up from the stone.   
My body mumbles something unseemly
And follows me. Now we are all sitting here strangely   
On top of the sunlight.

-James Wright