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Down on Meghan’s Farm

 

Last week I visited the farm of Meghan Cole, owner of the CSA to which we belong. Organic farming – an honest yet challenging way to make a living! Sweat, sore muscles and gritty fingernails, in concert with wondrous nature, yield a product delicious and health-promoting, without harm to soil or water. Still, the outcome is subject to factors outside her control.

It’s been a rough season for Meghan, as it has for so many farmers. In our area, the problem isn’t drought, but an overabundance of rain, leading to mildew, rot and pest invasion. Rain creates extra difficulties for the organic farmer, whose best defense against disease is a spray application– which must be reapplied after each rain.

Who but the farmer knows how hard the farmer’s lot is? Long hours, physically hard work, the risks and difficulties faced… With a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), members generally don’t share the hard work, but we do share the farmer’s risk. We are saying, “We know how hard you have to work to produce this good, fresh, local, organic food for us, and we know by choosing this livelihood you face uncontrollable risks”. In joining a CSA, we’re saying “We’re in this with you”. If the sun, wind and rains don’t cooperate, we’re saying we’ll help sustain you through the loss, and if we end up paying more per cucumber, that’s fair. That’s why we sign on, most of us, because we want to participate in a fair economy that reflects our values and supports those who take risks in order to provide for us.

It’s hard to keep going through difficult seasons. Farmers or not, we all face this challenge: to balance living according to our ideals with day-to-day economic realities. Sometimes we lean more in one direction than the other. We just do the best we can, try to help each other, and wait for the sun to shine again.

Meghan plants veggies and hope. We hope for the season’s bounty, and we hope for a world where those who work hard and provide valuable products and services are rewarded with community support and respect. And today, the sun is shining.

Farmers, you keep us alive and healthy. Thanks, Meghan, for planting seeds.

You can contact Meghan at info@harvesttablefarm.com or 828-772-4206.

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