Publication – October 3, 2022


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Pricey Members,

That is week 17 out of an 18-week season. Issues you might even see in your bag are potatoes, onions, turnips, squash, broccoli, banana peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, celery, and muskmelon. It’s been a terrific yr for melons!

Fruit, Honey & Oil: That is your final supply of fruit & olive oil. These of you who positioned a month-to-month and bimonthly order will likely be receiving this. Honey of us, Zach is having problem along with his provider. He’ll ship the month-to-month and bimonthly orders subsequent week. We hate to go away this for the final week, however now we have no different selection. A fast word from First Fruits:

This week we’re bringing you 10 kilos of Honeycrisp apples per share. These Honeycrisp will retailer in a fridge for months when you’re feeling inundated with fruit or when you’d wish to stretch out the fruit season. Your 10 pound field of Honeycrisp marks the ultimate fruit supply to your fruit share. Thanks for getting a fruit share! We’re proud to have been capable of present a pleasant collection of fruits this season, as now we have had a bountiful fruit season. We hope the fruit has been a nourishing shiny spot all summer time and fall!

With love,
The Kropp household at First Fruits Natural Farms

Winter Share: We will likely be doing issues a bit in another way this winter. Kyle wants extra time without work over Christmas and earlier than all of the spring work that must be performed within the fields, which begin in March. Subsequently, we will likely be beginning Winter Distribution October twenty sixth…two weeks after our final week of summer time distribution. We are going to then ship the next week on November 2nd and each two weeks thereafter. You’ll obtain two massive baggage of produce on December 14th. Kyle will then take 5 weeks off and return to work and do distribution on January twenty fifth. Then we will likely be again to our two-week schedule. Listed below are the next dates so that you can mark your calendars or your telephones in order that you don’t get blended up: Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 14, Jan 25, Feb 8 and Feb 22.

Workday Volunteers: Workdays will start this weekend on Sundays and proceed each Sunday this month from 8 to 11am. Kyle wants assist with harvesting crops and sorting & separating garlic. This weekend he wish to get all of the garlic sorted by dimension and the biggest separated for planting subsequent yr. Please be a part of us at 8am for this enjoyable undertaking. Members work collectively at workstations and have nice conversations. It’s going to impress you what number of trays of garlic will get separated. This is a vital job, and it requires lots of people to get it achieved. Please let Linda know in case you are coming and when simply in case we should cancel.

Water: I knew once I began speaking about water, I’d get a message or one thing within the mail to attempt to counter my feedback. Please bear in mind, they’re my opinions. Water, like all the pieces, has change into political and I hate politics. Simply whenever you assume you understand one thing about water rights, there’s a wrench thrown in… evidently, it’s very sophisticated!

In response to the Colo Ag Statistics (nass.usda.gov) in 2017 81.4% of farms are owned individually. 75.9% are full time farmers and 55.1% are in livestock and poultry; 44.9% are in crops. In relation to crops, corn is the highest producer adopted by wheat. There are over 31,800,000 acres of farmland in Colorado with the common acreage per farm at 822. That is an fascinating stat and I encourage you to take a better take a look at this so you’ll be able to see what number of farms there are and in what acres. I hate to say this, however sure, farmers had been right here first. We personal many of the water.

So once I was requested to learn an article within the Neighborhood Gazette referred to as Saving Water, However For Whom….I made a decision to touch upon this. The article is right, farmers personal many of the water in Colorado. However as I’ve acknowledged earlier than, if the Denver Metro space purchases all of the water within the NE nook, they won’t have sufficient water to help the quantity of individuals they’re anticipating to be dwelling within the metropolis by 2050. The article can also be right when it states that round 99% of the 89% of water owned & utilized in agriculture is used for animal feed not meant for human consumption. Nevertheless, in case you are not vegetarian, you’re consuming this water by consuming meat. In the event you put on leather-based, you’re additionally utilizing water to your clothes & footwear.

With local weather change, we now begin watering earlier in spring and later in fall every decade. Sure, we’re utilizing all our water to feed twice as many individuals because the farm was feeding 50-60 years in the past. That’s how a lot expertise has elevated manufacturing on farms. Don’t overlook, we can not create extra farmland. In order cities improve in dimension, we lose this land that feeds us all. As cities take our water away, there will likely be no farms in any respect.

The subsequent factor we have to take a look at is the age of our farmers. I do not need stats on the US, however the common age of a farmer in Colorado is 56.6 years. Let’s take a look at this in one other means. We’ve 12,163 farmers between the ages of 45 & 54. We’ve 20,116 farmers between the ages of 55 & 64. We’ve 15,650 farmers between the ages of 65 &74. There are over 35,000 farmers over the age of 55. We at present have 13,469 farmers beneath the age of 45. We do not need sufficient younger farmers to switch our older farmers.

Farming is likely one of the most harmful jobs within the US. It is likely one of the most difficult jobs as a result of now we have no management over crucial inputs, rain & sunshine. This can be very bodily and requires consideration 7 days per week, irrespective of the climate circumstances. It doesn’t matter if it’s your birthday or Christmas, there are chores that must be carried out. If you don’t attend to the farm, one thing will die. Produce farmers work the toughest as a result of produce wants a lot extra consideration than area crops.

Older farmers can not do this sort of work (fruits & veggies). They don’t make a lot cash on commodity crops. Most older farmers develop wheat, corn, or alfalfa as a result of it’s simpler on their our bodies. A lot of the work could be performed in a tractor. If Kyle was not taking up the strenuous, backbreaking job of rising produce, we too could be rising these crops… (plus just a few others for higher crop rotation). My level is that farmers are the caretakers of the land. We care deeply about our land and the way we maintain it and the individuals who work on it. Most farmers wish to do what’s finest and water is a big a part of this accountability. They perceive water higher than simply about everybody else due to what we’re up in opposition to. We don’t, nonetheless, have an answer aside from to maintain upgrading our programs and going to conferences to search out out what is occurring world wide and the trade. Consider me. Local weather change will likely be affecting us means earlier than it impacts you (however it can have an effect on you). And all farmers are watching this very rigorously.

Quote for the century: In the event you ate at the moment, thank a farmer. By Riteish Deshmukh

Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle, and Crew

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