FROM THE BLOG
It's that seductive time of year again. The promise of spring is ripe; you see it in every flash of the red-winged blackbird's epaulets. It's a time of excitement and energy – before the rains, the heat, the wild temperature fluctuations, the weeds and pests. It's the beginning of our tempestuous love affair, a time to be dazzled by passion.
In this month of darkness, with holiday sights and sounds bombarding us from all directions, we continue to meditate upon the purpose of our little farm. Besides the obvious jobs of seed selection and crop planning, we are plotting the lines for a more inclusive future.
Within the farming communities around us, all talk centers on the "Food Safety Modernization Act," or FSMA. You may not have heard about it, but these impending regulations from the FDA have the very real potential to shut down many sustainable farms like ourselves. The other alternative is that the FSMA will put these farms under such intense pressures from undue amounts of procedures and paperwork (ultimately, costs) that it will make it financially unrealistic to continue.