Good morning good food people!
As we creep closer and closer to Spring there’s lots of excitement going on here at the farm; the first of the flower seeds are germinating, new wash station area in the works, a cleaned out nursery, interviews with eager and qualified farm crew applicants, tomato seeding and crop planning just to name a few. But rather than diving into any of those things we want to tell you about some other exciting projects that have been brewing behind the scene.
First is the CT NOFA Farm Share Program. This program was established to help CT residents who are interested in joining a CSA but find that the upfront cost unaffordable. The idea is for farmers to reach out to their community and raise funds so farmers can offer free or reduced cost CSAs to interested individuals or families. CT NOFA will match donations up to $600. Our goal is to raise $600 so we are able to offer 4 $330 Market Cards to members of our community. If you find that Star Light Gardens produce has had a positive impact on your life and well-being and believe that the opportunity for eating fresh, organic produce should be accessible to all we hope you consider making a donation towards this goal. By clicking here you can make a tax deductible donation to CT NOFA that will go directly to this fundraising effort.
On that same note, if you are interested in a reduced cost Market Card/CSA please send us an email. We hope to accommodate everyone as best we can.
Next on exciting happenings here at Star Light Gardens is official merchandise! We found a great company that will print items on-demand, which allows us to offer more styles, colors, designs and sizes than we could otherwise afford to buy in bulk. That’s right, Star Light Gardens hoodies, tank tops, tee-shirts, even in kids sizes! We ordered a few samples for ourselves and couldn’t be more pleased! The artwork is from the one of a kind market sign created by Ty. This sign has been a staple of our market set up for years and the best part about it is the two unique sides. Beautiful in their own ways there’s no need to pick just one side, you can get a shirt in either or both designs! To continue to layer on the excitement 100% of the profits from the merchandise will go toward the Ty Zemelsky Rising Artist Scholarship Fund which was created in Ty’s memory to support young local artists. Click here to check out our merch! It should be noted that you are not purchasing through us (though we will receive the profits). We purchased some ourselves as though we were customers, we found it very straight forward and received our shirts about a week later.
Some last little things; Friday and Saturday are going to be cold, very cold! That means orders will be waiting for you in the warmth of the “School House” attached to David’s house. Also, seeing as our chickens are not producing much and we don’t have much storage we do not want egg carton donations. The thought is appreciated but is not helpful at the moment.
We hope everyone has a great week!