It's crazy how things really start to slow down when the temperature drops and the sun starts to set at 6:30. Our focus moves pretty quickly from laboring in the fields to basic house keeping and planning for next year. Today we had a CoOp meeting over lunch with everybody to talk about next year's expansion...what will we grow and for whom? Who wants to work on what? Not only are we expanding in terms of the amount of ground we're working and how much we're growing, but also in the markets we're trying to break into, and in the general diversity of activities that will be going on within the CoOp. We're talking growing nursery crops, cut flowers, more animals (types and numbers), more fruit and nut crops, construction of new buildings and public spaces, providing educational opportunities for the community, etc...the list goes on. Winter really can be an exciting time! We're going to have another big group meeting in a couple of weeks after all the possibilities sink in to solidify who wants to dedicate their time to what so we can move on to more specific planning. The CoOp itself also needs to work out how it's going to operate in the upcoming years, so cooperative governance and education are going to start playing bigger roles in our lives soon too. As the least board-educated member of the board I'm excited to play a role in that wherever and whenever I can so we can turn this organization into quite the well-oiled metaphor!
Well, it's late, so I'll leave you with this little gem that Forrest came up with in the field today...
What kind of instrument does a winter squash play?
Never a dull moment at Our Table, thanks for reading!