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2019 Spring Shares Are Now Open!

Less Than A Month Left To Sign Up!

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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Summer Share Signups Are Open!

Our 2019 Summer CSA Share’s are available! We offer flexible payment plans to our members that do not wish to, or are not able to, pay for the entire price of the share up front. Our only requirements for payment are a $50 down payment upon signing up for your Summer Share, and to have the entirety of the CSA Share paid for in full by July 1st, 2019. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our produce, and offering payment plans is one way we are able to make that possible! You can follow the link below for more information regarding our 2019 Summer CSA Shares:
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Or follow this link to sign up today:
http://traciesfarmorders.com/SummerShare/CreateMember.aspx

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3rd Annual CSA Day February 22nd!

Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If
so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. Tracie’s Community Farm is pleased
to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 22, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:

-eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
– supporting their local farmer;
– being kind to our planet;
– learning something new; and
– being adventurous in the kitchen.

CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.

Follow the link below for more information:
https://csaday.info/

The Importance of Early Signups and Down Payments

Now that the Early Bird Specials for 2019 are passed, we thought we would elaborate a bit on how important it is for us to receive early signups for our CSA shares and the down payments that are required along with them.

To be noted: although we try to be as flexible as possible with our payment plans, we do require a $50 Down Payment due upon signup.

Early signups give us a sense of how many customers we can count on supplying shares for during the 2019 season. Although we have target numbers, and both low and high approximations of how many CSA Shares we expect to sell, we still rely on early signups to give us a more accurate idea of how many shares we will be providing for the coming year. Knowing how many shares we expect to sell in any given year affects our row planning, crop spacing, employment numbers, and inventory counts, plus so much more. Getting this information early helps us prepare ourselves for the coming season, and helps us prepare our fields to get maximum production over the 37 weeks we are providing CSA shares to members.

The down payment we require upon signing up is important to help get the farm shake off some of the winter rust after a long down season. The Spring is front loaded with most of the expenses for the farm, and includes our supply order, compost order, seed order, and advertising among other things. These are all necessary to get us up and running again, and the totals often end up in the thousands. Down payments and early share payments help us stay ahead of the game in the early Spring, which leads to a more productive Summer. We urge all of our members to sign up as early as possible, and we believe it is beneficial to us all.

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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!

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East Hill Farm Spring Farm Days!

Join us on Monday, April 22 from 9 am to 3 pm for a spectacular spring day!

Participate in some of our favorite activities and soak up all things spring on the farm! Activities may include: Milking the cow and goat, Pony Rides and Grooming, Visiting the Animals, Arts & Crafts, Butter Making, a Barnyard Bingo Game, a Sheep Shearing Demonstration, and a Campfire with S’mores Making!

$35/adult, $25/child, includes activities, lunch, tax and gratuities! What better way to spend your spring day.

All children must be accompanied by an an adult. Reservations are required. Please call us at 603 -242 -6495 with questions or to reserve your spot while it’s available!

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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!

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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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