The winter months have kept us busy preparing for the 2010 season. As many of you know we are updating our website. These updates include a “shopping cart” and member accounts. Members will be able to log in with a username and password and view their account history. This will also allow members to sign up for a fruit share or coffee share and order coffee by the pound or honey and maple syrup.
Deb and Pete have returned from Guatemala. There they were busy working with the Farmer to Farmer Cooperative and beginning a new relationship with a Women’s Cooperative. They returned all of the profits that were made from the coffee during the 2009 season to the farmers to assist them in creating a shade tree nursery.
Although the work does not stop all year round, the work in the greenhouse is just beginning for the 2010 season. This was our first week in the greenhouse this year. We were and will continue to fill flats with potting soil to prepare us for the seed planting that will be done in the upcoming weeks.
Pete and I traveled this winter with the Farmer to Farmer group to Guatemala. Farmer to Farmer is the non profit group that we work with to import the green coffee beans for the CSA Coffee Share Project. We wanted to meet with the coffee farmers, see where the coffee is grown and how it is processed. Our travels were a wonderful, educational, inspirational adventure. Alexander, the Peace Corp volunteer that has been working with the UPC Coffee Cooperative in La Democracia, Huehuetenango, traveled with us and has produced a video of our trip.
We began seeding in the greenhouse last week. Onions and herbs are among the first things to be planted. Some of the onions require only one seed in each cell and others require more. The seeds are very small (some smaller than a poppyseed) which makes us work very carefully. The greenhouse provides protection from the weather and allows us to work in much warmer temperatures (sometimes rising to 100 degrees). Working in warm temperatures helps the plants grow and allows us to water them without the seeds freezing.