Winter News 1/15/19

 
Summer Share

Early Bird Special Round II–JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT!

We are offering another chance to save on your 2019 Summer Share!

For our second round of the early bird special, we are offering $15 off for any shares bought and paid in full by February 1st!
When writing checks, please subtract $15 from your order total if paying by Feb. 1st

We are offering this incentive to sign up early because due to the financial workings of our CSA Farm. Our operating expenses are largely front loaded towards Winter and Spring spending ( buying seeds, tools, supplies, etc), and yet the heaviest inflow of cash happens long after the farming season gets underway. This is why we ask for early signups and payments, so that we can cover the expenses we need to make in the Winter to get the best start we can in the Spring. We have struggled the past couple of years turning the profit we need to comfortably buy supplies in the Winter, but with the help of you, our members, we can change that trend. Each share sold in December makes a direct contribution toward getting prepared for a productive Spring. Everyone at Tracie’s loves farming and the support we get from our members throughout the season, and we are working our hardest to turn around our financial woes to continue to offer you produce of the highest quality.

Signups for Summer Shares can be found online at www.TraciesFarm.com or by following the link below:

http://traciesfarmorders.com/SummerShare/CreateMember.aspx

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2019 Spring Shares Are Now Open!

Our 2019 Spring Share signup page is now live! This year the Spring share will run for 12 weeks from March 14th-May 30th, with pickups on Thursdays in our barn.

We currently have Chard, Kale, and Spinach growing in our greenhouses for the Spring Shares, and will be seeding even more greens starting February 1st! We are hoping to offer Lettuce Mix, Arugula, Scallions, Cilantro, Baby Kale, Red Spinach, Radishes, Rhubarb, and Asparagus in our Spring Shares this year!

We offer the Spring Share to members that crave local greens coming out of the long New England winter. That being said, our Spring Shares do not include a lot of variety outside of greens. Later in the Spring we start to offer Asparagus and Rhubarb, but the early weeks of the Spring Share cater mostly to the salad lovers out there! Please follow the link below to learn more about our Spring Shares and to sign up. We cap our Spring Membership at 60 shares, so act fast!

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We Are Hiring For The 2019 Season!

Field Crew Member
Full-time, Part-time, seasonal (April-November)

Position Details:
As a member of our Field Crew, you will be a part of a team of co-workers, aiding and assisting in a wide variety of different tasks and responsibilities. We are seeking individuals ready to work efficiently in a physically demanding and fast paced environment. We are looking for applicants with leadership ability and experience, as well as motivated applicants new to farming. Full and part-time positions available.

The Field Crew is the backbone of the farm, and many of the crew members have worked at the farm for multiple seasons. As such they are very skilled, efficient, knowledgeable, and often self-sufficient in their work.

The Field Crew most commonly work altogether or in smaller groups, and as such all candidates should generally be positive, easy to get along with, energetic, adaptable, and capable of clear and consistent communication.

Field Crew tasks range throughout the season, but during the height of harvest season, roughly from June through November, the Field Crew work is primarily harvesting and packing vegetables.

Responsibilities can at times be physically demanding, so all candidates must be capable of lifting heavy and awkward items, capable of performing repetitive tasks with a positive attitude and physical stamina, and able to work for long durations even in inclement weather.

Please note: Candidates must be able to repetitively lift 50 pounds and move heavy items. If you have a history of chronic back pain or other serious physical ailments or limitations, this position may not be a good fit for you.

Responsibilities:
● Harvesting
● Produce washing and packing
● Transplanting
● Hand-weeding
● Hoeing
● General farm labor as needed

Qualifications:
● Prior experience that is applicable to this position (farming/produce) is desired but not a must
● Attention to detail
● Punctuality and strong time management skills
● Positive and energetic disposition with strong interpersonal skills
● Strong back with the ability to lift heavy and awkward objects
● Ability to work well in both a team setting and independently
● Fast learner and ability to adapt to new positions and working with new people
● Ability to take direction, accept constructive feedback and to ask for help when needed
● Ability to work for long durations in inclement weather
● Ability to perform and endure repetitive physical work

Working Hours:
40-50/wk Full Time. Monday-Friday schedule, with additional working hours available for motivated individuals.

Compensation:
We start our farm laborers off at $8/hr plus a share of the harvest, and offer bonuses to team members that work through the entire season.

Reports to:
Farm Manager (Jack Rixey), Barn Manager (Angela Lapinsky), Field Manager (Will Kindler)

To Apply:
Please email a letter of interest, resume, and 2 references to:

Jack Rixey
Tracie’s Community Farm
farmers@traciesfarm.com

Please write “Field Crew Member” in the email subject line and include whether you are looking for Full or Part Time work

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2019 Delivery Drivers Needed!

We are beginning our search for delivery drivers for the 2019 Summer CSA Season. Our delivery drivers are expected to deliver up to 18 shares (~1 hour of driving) once a week for the full 16-weeks of the Summer CSA Season. In exchange, we compensate our drivers with a FREE Summer CSA Share. If you are interested in this position and can make the commitment for the full 16 weeks, please email Jack Rixey at farmers@traciesfarm.com for more information!

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Work Share Positions Available!

We are looking for workshares for our 2019 Summer CSA Season! Workshares exchange four hours of work per week on either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday in exchange for a FREE Small CSA Share ($380 value, you can work more hours for larger shares). Our workshare positions are a great way to meet your local farmers, get to know how the food you eat is produced, and learn about the innerworkings of a small diversified vegetable operation. If you are interested in a workshare position, please email Jack Rixey at farmers@traciesfarm.com for more information!

Sustain

14th Annual Seed Celebration

Saturday, February 9th. Hannah Grimes Center 25 Roxbury Street, Keene, N.H.

Join The Sustainability Project for a day of education and networking, plan your garden and stock up on seeds. In the morning, join Celeste Longacre to learn more about gardening or Marty Castriotta for an introduction to permaculture. The afternoon will feature a keynote with Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab. Throughout the day, visit with local businesses and organizations, learn about local initiatives, check out the children’s activities and catch up with your neighbors. There will be a lunchtime concert and a café featuring soups, stews and baked goods from local restaurants and kitchens, as well as Orchard Hill breads. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 for families.

Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/2135932106718862/

MFCC

FREE 2-day Marketing Success for Produce Farmers Workshop

February 4th and 7th, 8:30am-4:00pm, Stonewall Farm 242 Chesterfield Rd. Keene, NH 03431

The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and Cheshire County Conservation District, in partnership with FamilyFarmed and the USDA, present a FREE, 2-day Forum focused on Marketing Success for Produce Farmers.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059231787605332/

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Community Supported Solar by the Cheshire County Conservation District

As a part of a campaign to broaden the access to solar power in our region, the Cheshire County Conservation District is asking for contributions to the Community Supported Solar Project. Please follow the link below for more information regarding the project and how you can help support it!

CCCD Community Supported Solar

SNAP

Tracie’s is Now Accepting SNAP/EBT!

We have teamed up with the Cheshire County Conservation District to bring a SNAP card reader to our farm store. You can now use your SNAP card to purchase any veggies or food items from our farm store or to help pay for your CSA Share! All that AND through Granite State Market Match any veggie purchases on a SNAP card are 50% off! What a deal!

The hours the SNAP reader will be available are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

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