Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Wait.

It's warm enough to plow out. This is more of the upsetting weather patterns. But it has made the horses all spring nuts, they spent the morning skipping and kicking across the field like giddy children.

Yesterday's driving class was interesting, though a little slow going. It was 4 hours of lecture and Q&A. It may be because we have been out of a classroom for so long, or because of the high of the horse's delivery- but it felt a little heavy. Still, it was fantastic to meet other teamsters and future teamsters. The next class is in a month. I'm still looking forward to it.

I am going to put up new tie stalls in the run in today and lead the girls up there to be groomed. Yesterday they were very responsive to affection and our approaches. Though I'm not entirely comfortable harnessing them up yet, I want to start to work with them in the ways I do feel confident with. So I'll attach lead ropes and spend time brushing them, cleaning hooves and getting to know them.

CSA deposits are trickling in, though many folks have stated their intent to sign up. It's a tight rope walk this time of year, you need the cash flow from deposits to prepare your season- seeds, equipment, everything must be purchased now. There are chick orders to place, feed bills to pay and re-order. But folks who want to support the farm are working to fit the deposits into their budgets and still deciding on which farm to choose. You don't want to pressure anyone, but with a small farm taking limited people, we need the responses to figure out if we need to do more marketing, and where. It will all come together, but in the meantime I hallucinate spread sheets and fret deadlines. I check seed availability online and source cheaper but good quality tools. In some ways, it's more stressful then peak season. Especially for people who do- if there is something we need, or a goal, or a problem-- we are tireless. Relentless. But in January we can be proactive and informative but the action comes from customers. So we wait, we plan, and we hope our work speaks for itself. We place ads that scratch the surface of our life here- turning earth and blood and the smell of a farm into two dimensional graphics that catch one's eye. I answer emails, explaining the truths of the season the best we can, and our plans for next year. And we wait.

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