lettuce transplantsWe are saying goodbye to Molly this week, which is a sad thing for us because she has done just an amazing job as our CSA administrator. But it’s a good thing for her, because she is headed to the UCSC organic farm apprenticeship program, and that’s a good thing for the world because we need people like Molly starting new organic farms and using their talents to further the cause of organic agriculture.

Sliding smoothly right into Molly’s chair is Jason Johnson, who has been driving the CSA route delivering your vegetables and selling for us at Mountain View Farmers Market every Sunday. We’re happy to have Jason on board–he’s got a wide range of skills and talents and is willing to step right in and tackle anything we throw his way.

We are delighted to have our same steady field crew working with us again this year. Some of these folks have been with us for a decade and we are grateful to have such a good solid group who understand so well what needs to be done. Antonio, our foreman, continues to take on more responsibility and to lead the harvest and packing activities with a steady hand. Likewise, Jonathon is taking on more of the tractor driving and maintenance chores.

We have a couple new drivers to welcome on board, Mackensie and Anthony, who will be escorting your veggies to your pick-up sites this year.

With all our staff in place, we’re getting into the swing of the busy season. Spring planting is coming along with the quicker growing veggies starting to mature, and  Although they are later than normal, the strawberries plants look good and are growing vigorously–we’re even seeing some red in the field, which means that we will start picking in a week or two. The blueberries appear to have appreciated the copious rainfall and are putting out a nice balance of vegetative growth and blossoms. The earliest varieties should start to produce by the middle of May.

So it’s a time of new beginnings for the farm, and we’re feeling invigorated and impatient for the new season to get into full swing.

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