Featuring Jean-Paul Courtens and Janet Gamble
Communication is an important tool on the farm, and planning, seeding, weeding, harvesting, and pest control need to be methodical, transparent, and logical to all crew members on the farm. Absence of a system and good recordkeeping makes for inefficiency, confusion and possibly poor crew morale. Any system adopted needs to work for 150 members and be easily adapted for a 1,500-member CSA. If a system for a 150-member CSA does not have the inherent flexibility to adapt when greater production is needed, any expansion will have more than the usual growing pains. In this workshop, two seasoned biodynamic CSA farmers — one managing a 1400 member CSA in Kinderhook, New York, and the other growing for 140 members in Delavan, Wisconsin — will guide you through some of our production systems and tools, and our aids to communicate these systems to our farm staff. We will also cover systems for managing and communicating with members, including internal organization systems, newsletters, and on-farm activities and events.