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Content by the Seasons
Below, find social media posts and e-news blurbs specifically themed to celebrate each season.
Climate-Friendly Farming: Healthy Soils, Healthy Planet
On just about any farm, spring revolves around the soil. From our mud season-rutted dirt roads, to the potting soil dusting our seeding tables, to the seemingly endless hours spent aerating, amending, and transplanting into freshly prepped beds, most hours of our days are spent thinking about and tending to the stuff.
Fostering healthy soils is both a founding principle of organic production AND a key to fighting climate change. In addition to prohibiting harmful pesticides, organic farmers practice rotating crops, minimizing disturbance, adding green manures and compost, and other strategies to improve and maintain the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the soil. And healthy soil is capable of so very many things, including: sequestering carbon, promoting biodiversity, improving water and air quality, and strengthening our resilience to extreme weather events.
In the fight against climate change, healthy soils are some of our best allies. And as organic farmers, frankly, we obsess over our soil health. When you buy Vermont organic, you’re throwing your weight behind those efforts–you’re directly contributing to the climate mitigation and resilience we’re working for. We’re so thankful to have your support, without which, this climate-friendly farming simply wouldn’t be possible. And to think…in just a few months we’ll all be rewarded with juicy tomatoes and rich, buttery potatoes. Soils provide in so many ways, and we’re honored to be tending them here on our patch of land–and truly grateful for the ways your presence here makes that all possible. Thank you for buying Vermont organic, for buying climate-smart.
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If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? June pollinators! Our organic practices enrich biodiversity, and some of our very favorite local fauna include the little guys: honey bees and their pollinating friends that keep both our crops and wild flora producing to their full potential. We like working with nature, not against it. Natural resources and systems are some of our best allies in the fight against climate change–we gotta give ‘em all we got.
Summer in Community and Climate-Friendly Farming
Summer in Vermont: we sure are lucky. Rolling hills draped in every hue of green; swimming holes clear and cool; fresh fruit, milk, and honey; and best of all, the familiar faces of friends and family, gathering in long summer evenings. For a farm like ours, there’s a lot of work to be had in summer, but there’s just as much to relish, and with all of this special season’s happenings, it’s hard not to appreciate the sense of community that reemerges every summer.
As a Vermont organic farm, community is at the heart of our work. It’s who we grow food for, it’s who we’re building a brighter future with. We’re wholly invested in this place–this land and these people–and strive to do best by them in all we do.
Vermont organic farms like ours are core components of our local economies–ensuring an economic connectivity and vitality that grows every time someone opts Vermont organic. And the strength of our local economies is feeling more important than ever, as we work to face climate change as earnestly as we can. The more self-sufficient they are, the more equipped they’ll be to withstand supply chain disruptions in our increasingly globalized marketplace.
Similarly, our organic practices prioritize our soil health to a high degree. The healthier our soils are, the more capable they are of stopping flood water in its tracks, and absorbing heavy rain before it becomes a flood. We know an increase in extreme weather events is another effect of climate change, and it’s important to us that our farm is improving our landscape’s resilience to those events, not hampering it.
Climate change seems to magnify so many issues and opportunities in our modern world. Investing in both our community’s, and our landscape’s, resilience to significant disruption is baked-in to what we do–it’s inherent in our business plan and our organic practices. We appreciate your support of our climate-friendly farm, and know that we could not do this work without you. We’re so glad to be in community with you, to be building a brighter, more connected, more resilient future with you, and hope to catch you on one of these long summer evenings soon.
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With organic, the future is in good hands. Environmental regeneration and community are at the heart of our work. They also happen to be at the heart of climate resilience.
Bounty Beyond the Harvest
This time of the year it's not uncommon to see (or partake in!) celebrations of farm bounty. After months of flavor-packed tomatoes, buttery potatoes, and juicy cucumbers, winter squash are ripening, and other winter storage root veggies await their harvest. This time of year, it’s to ignore just how much our local farms provide. In fact, our farms even generate bounty beyond the dinner table, beyond the eye.
The term "ecosystem services" refers to processes performed by natural resources that benefit humans in one way or another. Examples abound on Vermont organic farms like ours–take, for instance, on-farm ecosystem services that mitigate the effects of climate change and strengthen our resilience to them. While our soils are out there generating the bounty that crowns our harvest celebrations, they’re also sequestering carbon, strengthening water quality, and making our landscape and community more resilient to extreme weather events. Now that’s another kind of bounty!
When our natural resources and systems are thriving, they’re incredible allies in the fight against climate change, and Vermont organic farms like ours are organized around strengthening them. It means a lot to us to be climate-friendly farmers, and we appreciate your support of the farm, of our food, of our practices. When you partake in some of our harvest bounty, you’re supporting the bounty of ecosystem services our farm generates too–you’re taking the opportunity to support climate mitigation, and you’re investing in a more resilient future.
In these times of bounty, we’re filled with a sense of gratitude, for this opportunity to do this work, and for you–our farm family–for supporting it. Thank you for buying Vermont organic, thank you for buying climate-friendly.
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Farm bounty takes many forms. Fresh, nutritious food? Check. Abundant natural resources? Check. A resilient local economy? Check. Help fight climate change–choose Vermont organic. Our practices produce delicious, nutritious food, but they also mitigate the effects of climate change and contribute to a more resilient future.
Winter’s Reflections: Climate-Friendly Farming and Gratitude
In these colder months, when the farm is quiet(er), our routines allow a bit more ease. The hectic hustle and bustle of spring, summer, and fall have faded into the rearview mirror, our days now structured, but not dominated, by chores. In the absence of a thousand urgent things, we’ve got a bit more space to rest, to read-up on potential new farm practices, and to plan for the season to come. Of course, spring starts early on a farm in Northern latitudes, seeding some crops inside as early as February to ensure they’ve got a long enough growing season, so we treasure the brief winter respite we get.
This winter, we’re reflecting on what it means to us to use climate-friendly farming practices, to grow food for our community in a way that contributes to climate resilience, not climate change. Environmental stewardship and regeneration were some of the primary reasons we got into farming in the first place, but knowing that our organic methods are some of our best allies in the pressing fight against climate change motivates us even more.
From carbon sequestration to withstanding extreme weather events, our organic practices are not only reducing the impacts of climate change, but strengthening our resilience to it. And as we’re reflecting on all this, we’re especially lingering on our gratitude to you, our customers and farm family, for supporting us. Without you, we couldn’t do this work we love, this work we value tremendously. When you purchase our Vermont organic food, you make these climate-friendly practices possible, and give us a shot at a brighter future. We so appreciate you putting your weight behind this work, because we know it makes a difference. They say it takes a village, well, we’re sure glad this is ours.
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Winter reflections from the farm: grateful for you, our farm family, for supporting our climate-friendly practices, for helping us build a resilient future.