Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
We’ve passed through the Summer Solstice with the Sun’s power on full display. For those of us who work outside in the Sun here at the Farm – Humans and Sheep and Cows and Grass – summer’s first heat wave and drought have offered an opportunity to practice Gratitude. The remaining May-grown grass is still green and sweet, and there is still cool water in the well. Our most relied-upon conversation starter—"weather talk"—seems to be one way we still acknowledge the tremendous powers that surround and sustain – and vex – us. I have wondered if our spoken disapproval of the current conditions – too Hot or too Cold or too Rainy – might sound a bit ungenerous to a World alive and listening. And yet, as I write this morning, I do have all my toes crossed for the Gathering Storm Clouds to bring the Gift of Rain to this Parched, Gravelly Ground where the Grass heads from Green to Dusty Brown. How might we set down our disapproval and instead craft something that sounds more like a Plea, or Praise, a Poem, or even, dare I say, a Prayer? What would happen if we traded Personal Preference for Willing Participation? As you can probably guess, Brush Brook Community Farm is our three-dimensional attempt to wonder about big questions like these.
Last Friday it was Hot at the Stand, and we ended up with extra Soup and Bread when 6pm rolled around. The Soups can be enjoyed warm, room-temp, or cold. Please know that this food wants to be taken home by you, either for your table, your neighbor’s or both. It would really mean a lot to us to see you on Friday. This week’s Brush Brook Soup is chock-full of fresh garden vegetables, washed and chopped by a beautiful crew of folks at our Sunday Work Party. If you’re interested in joining us on a Sunday afternoon, we would love your help! You can find more information HERE. Many thanks to all those responded to the request for Financial Gifts. We’ve received nearly $3000 so far this month with a remaining balance of $2392. Thank you for keeping us in mind, and helping to keep the lights on!
Here is what you will find in this letter:
- SOUPS THIS WEEK – Please bring containers from home.
- INVITATION: FOOD DISTRIBUTION DETAILS
- BUDGET UPDATE
- HUNTINGTON COMMUNITY FOREST PUBLIC FORUM: Tonight
With Great Care,
Adam and the Brush Brook Community Farm Team
Two soup offerings this week:
- Brush Brook Soup – Spring Garden Harvest: Baby Turnip Greens, Swiss Chard, Radishes, Carrots, Beef, Garlic, Herbs, Bone Broth.
- Vegetarian Soup – Pureed Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes from last summer.
We will be FILL YOUR CONTAINERS for you, as to ensure safe handling. Please bring quart or pint containers (Plastic yogurt-style or glass wide-mouth canning jars) from home. Do you have extra yogurt containers to help us create a stash for those who forget to bring one with them when they arrive?
INVITATION: FOOD DISTRIBUTION DETAILS
Friday 6/26, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm
Brush Brook Community Farm & Running Stone Bread
4582 Main Road, Huntington, VT.
Bread Varieties this week: Simple Wheat, Polenta, 3 Seed, Rye, Sprouted Grain, Backcountry Loaf (gf)
Would you consider coming by for a loaf for your household, and possibly one to drop off to someone on your way home?
BUDGET UPDATE: Thank you for Considering the June Budget
Many heartfelt thanks to all who have responded to these invitations by sending in Financial Gifts. If you would like to support our work, you can mail checks made out to Brush Brook Community Farm to PO Box 202, Huntington, VT, 05462, bring gifts to the Bread and Soup Stand, or donate through the website.
Brush Brook Community Farm and Bakery – June Budget
|June (gifts as of 6-24)|
|Financial Gifts this Month - Thank you!||$ 2905.00|
|Estimated Expenses for June|
|Bread Ingredients & Packaging||$ 1,115.50|
|Bakery Overhead (Insur., Electric, etc.)||$ 555.86|
|Bakery Rent||$ 300.00|
|Farm Expenses||$ 1,051.76|
|Farm/Bakery Team Requested Gifts|
|Adam Wilson Personal Living (full time)||$ 648.08|
|Adam Wilson Rent||$ 200.00|
|Erik Weil Rent/Housing||$ 500.00|
|Collin McCarthy Utilities||$ 100.00|
|Bakery Deferred Maintenance Fund||$ 400.00|
|Estimated Federal/State Taxes||$ 351.22|
|Paypal Fees||$ 75.00|
New Huntington Community Forest: Virtual Public Forum Wed June 24th 7-8pm
Managed Land Use Presentation by Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper with Q&A and Discussion
This will be the first of many community forums to discuss the new Community Forest. This zoom meeting will discuss topics of managed land use such as logging, agriculture, sugaring, non-forest timber products & other income generating land use.
Advance registration required: Zoom: http://bit.ly/hcf-managed-land-use
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you would like to attend but do not have internet access, please call 802-434-4779 to register and get a call-in number.
If you have difficulty joining, please call 802-434-4779.
Huntington Community Forest http://forest.huntingtonvt.org
Support the Farm & Bakery
The operations of Brush Brook Community Farm & Bakery are maintained by neighborly working hands and financial gifts. Your generous monetary support propels the gift of food forward to those open to receiving it.