Putting the 2021 Season to Bed

Corn and Squash Fields mowed for the winter

Corn and squash fields mowed for the winter.

Last week a neighbor came by with a flail mower and chopped the remaining corn stalks and what remained of the squash plants. All that organic matter can now decompose over the winter and return to the soil. With that – and a few remaining minor chores – the 2021 Farm to Foodshelf season draws to a close. Thank you to all the donors who took us past our $6,000 goal, to all the volunteers who harvested, processed and delivered carrots, corn, beets and squash, and to the cooperating food shelves and institutions including The Food Group. Huge thanks to Dana Jokela of Sogn Valley Farm – this couldn’t happen without you. Even with the loss of 2/3 of our planned corn planting we still had an excellent season.

Now it’s time to look to the future – the future of this project and the future of our farm. How can the land we now steward best serve our communities? Over the coming months I hope to craft a longer range vision for our farm using what we’ve learned about this place over the last 10 years, and what we’ve learned about communities’ needs over the last couple of years. Comments, thoughts and ideas are welcome! Feel free to comment on this post, email me or get in touch some other way.

Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.


  1. Bob Stuart on November 8, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Hey Bob. Sounds like you’re doing a great service for the people. My son is interested in doing that also. He is in the process of acquiring some farmable land. What’s your podcast link?

  2. Bob on June 29, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Bob – sorry for the slow response! I don’t have a podcast, this blog is my main communication tool. I’m really interested in the issue of farmland access for young farmers so feel free to have your son get it touch. All the best and thanks for stopping by.

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