The holiday season is past but life continues to be full here on the farm.
Farm Stuff and Family Happenings:
December is always a great month for us. Lots of time with family and friends. This year was especially hectic with trips to PA to visit family as well as New York, Sarah going to Paraguay, and Rachel and Steven traveling to Missouri.
Thankfully farming does allow some flexibility like that! Of course all the chores and regular work had to be kept up with. Several baby lambs arrived on the scene which is always exciting. Calves needing to be cared for, fences to be built and equipment to be worked on in the farm shop and then there is the headache of a farmer’s life, the Office Work.
A New Year Some New Ways:
With time always comes change. In 2016 we worked hard to come up with a way to keep running things the way we had been but all the doors were closed. Simply told and compressing a year’s worth of questions, conversation and family meetings, we are downsizing our work force and will be working toward refining our systems and processes.
What Does This Mean – What to Expect:
Hopefully bigger and better things!
We are working towards a smoother face for Heartland Harvest, with a new website being designed by Steven, and maybe utilizing a blog space instead of these newsletters.
Also, you will not be seeing as many faces, to some of you very familiar. You will probably catch glimpses of Joseph and Nathan as Joseph continues to run the farm shop and Nathan (working part time off the farm) works toward handing over management of the cattle to Steven. Aaron and Amos have already found positions on other farms in the community. And hopefully you will still see Sarah, if not at the Farmer’s Market, as Rachel and Steven learn the ropes, then at The Store in Staunton.
We’re still working on the details of all these things.
But the bottom line is that nothing changes in our vision here at Heartland Harvest. Nothing changes in the transparency we want to have for you to know, and have a connection with, the individuals who provide foods in which you are confident. And last but not least, nothing changes in the integrity of our purpose to have our “heart” in the “land”, producing a “harvest” for you.
To you, who make the vision of Heartland Harvest possible to pursue; you, who have supported the vision of Heartland Harvest over the years; you, who make the pursuit of the vision of Heartland Harvest worthwhile, we want to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks as we enter 2017 together.
Happy New Year from our family to yours!
From left to right: Amos, Sarah, Joseph, Jason (Joanna’s husband), James, Nathan, Steven and Darrel, Aaron, Joanna with “little” James, Lorretta, and Rachel with Katrina.
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Till next time!
The Showalters at Heartland Harvest LLC.