Creating A Resilient Future For Farms & Their Communities!
We have started several new projects this year, each one with a slightly different goal in mind. For the Maritime Small Farms Co-Op, it was wanting to strengthen the farming community, and in result our farm would be stronger as well! For the WFM2go project it was becoming more connected to our immediate community! We run a CSA where the majority of our customers are in the city and even though we love them we felt a bit a weird that we weren't feeding people in our own community as much as we would have liked. What both of these projects have in common is the desire to build a more connected future. One where depending on one another isn't a weakness but a strength. Interconnected communities are strong communites!
Maritime Small Farms Co-Op Keeps On Rolling!
We wanted to share how things are shaping up with the co-op we helped form with Moon Tide, Rerooted & Seven Acres. I will start with that it certainly has been more work in some ways but in other ways it has lightened the load. Our access to opportunities has grown just by becoming a co-op. We now have opportunities to sell to Just Us! & EOS which is wonderful. These are local businesses that represent things we believe in and support. We've also gained access to another farm market in Tantallon. One of the biggest perks for our farm is not having to attend every market every week but instead it is shared amongst co-op members. This allows us more time to work or more time to rest depending on what we need. We've also found a lot of value in sharing in the struggles of other co-op members whether it be looking at other job opportunities that pop up, pulling out your back, managing kids, or going solo while your partner works another job. All these little obstacles shared seem more possible to overcome in some ways just by being shared and drawing strength from it. We all are still actively working together in the shared CSA and markets and fine tuning as we go along!
WFM2go Bringing All Of Us Together
What has been the most exciting part of this project for us is the meshing of two of the things we love - picking something that has already been sold, and feeding our community! Those two things sustain our business from a financial stand point but also feed our souls. We've ran a CSA model for many years and it really is the backbone of our farm, but so often we find ourseleves in a panic wondering did we give them exactly what they wanted this week?! With WFM2go, we know you've got exactly what you wanted and we get what we needed in return- money and a piece of mind. In a very ideal world (not saying it isn't possible because it so is) we would move all our CSA customers over to this model. Letting them order exactlty what they want each week because before now we really hadn't had the model (website) to do this efficiently.
WFM2go is particularly important to our farm because of what Adam & I like to grow, which is herbs and the unusual vegetable varities which at market aren't always the first to go. It is not that there isn't a market for the cool things we like to grow, its just that we couldn't reach those people- but now our reach is farther then ever! Not to mention I can pick exactly the number of yellow cucumbers that were ordered and let the other ones chill on the plant for a while till the next market or CSA. This reduces our waste which is a BIG DEAL on all farms as well as in homes.