We just wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the comings and goings of the last few months and those to come.
Firstly many people have been asking about our winter veggie boxes…in short we’re not going to start up boxes again until Spring at the earliest and this depends on many factors, the biggest of which is weather. For a number of reasons we haven’t got the quantity and diversity of crops in the ground to support winter veggie boxes but we still do have lots of winter veg that we are selling through the Castlemaine Weekly Farmers Market Weekly. Come see us there every Wednesday from 2.30-5.30pm (winter hours) on the Western Reserve Oval in Castlemaine.
We are currently seeking grants and creative funding opportunities to get our first internship program off the ground. We are hugely excited about this and our vision is that it will become a program we offer each year for aspiring growers to learn the ins and outs of being a market gardener. Ruby is our first intern who will be starting with us in August so that she gets the full picture of the seasons transition into spring and summer mad times! We hope to develop resources that we can then also share with other market gardeners who want to run similar internships. If you know of any funding opportunities to help us fund the pilot, please get in contact on firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news this winter has been a little different to what we planned. The three major infrastructure projects that we had hoped to knock over have had to go on hold as we try and just keep things ticking on half steam. At the end of autumn Sas injured her back and has been laid out flat for 7 weeks. this has meant that Mel has had to fly solo with all the physical work at the farm doing season change over and getting all the winter beds prepared and crops in the ground as well as planning all the spring rotations and numbers. A huge effort and Mel is now having some (semi) time off to gather her energy before the spring gets into full swing. Our Spring capacity is still a little unknown as backs can be slow things to heal, but with Ruby our intern on board, we hope to continue on as usual but with a whole lot more thought to how we manage the farm and ourselves with true sustainability at the heart.
Grow well everyone…
Sas and Mel