Hello friends,

We can hardly believe that the middle of December is upon us and that we’ve reached the last CSA week of the 2012 season.  It’s amazing what we are all capable of when we put our minds to it and we really do feel thankful that, even now, we continue to be farming after 7 months of harvest!  It’s hard to believe that a year ago from now we were in Uganda building & designing sustainable cook stoves for vanilla bean farmers, building an organic 5 acre vegetable farm from the ground up and of course, practicing our jungle survival skills.  At the beginning of 2012, we knew that only good things were bound to happen when we put our heads together, but, honestly, we couldn’t have imagined that we would accomplish as much as we have.  Our goals were simple… we wanted to grow fresh, nutrient rich produce for our community and to do it year round.  Add in amazing new csa members, some animals and a lot of new learning curves to the equation and we arrive to this very moment.

For 7 months, 100+ families, friends, a local Headstart program + a few restaurants have all enjoyed our seasonal bounty.  8 months ago, 67 chickens & 2 cows came to be at Working Hands and we couldn’t imagine the farm with out them.  Amazingly enough they turn our pasture into food whether it be in the shape of an egg or a tall glass of milk or a bowl of yogurt or ice cream for all to enjoy.  And all of it came from the love and labor of your two farmers.  It is with purpose, love and thoughtfulness that we work with the land and nature to provide fresh food for our community.  We love what we do and are so happy you have chosen to be a part of our journey this year.  Your words are endlessly uplifting and your appreciation inspires us each and every day.  We hope you continue to learn and grow with us well into the future….


With the start of the new year comes the start of our 2013 season.  Perhaps the best holiday gift is one that lasts all year long!  We will begin our CSA member sign up at the start of the New Year.  We’ll be sending out an email but be sure to check our website come the first week of January to sign up for the 2013 season.  As you know, it is important to sign up and pay for your share as early as possible for two reasons: to reserve your CSA share, as shares are limited to 75 shares (and membership fills up every year) and most importantly, to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses in the beginning of the season.  We are getting excited to grow better as both people and farmers in the 2013 season and are gearing up to order our seed, soil amendments, etc… to begin a new exciting year!

We have to admit that we’ll miss you all until the start of the new season but encourage you to keep in touch over the start up months.  There are always things to be done on the farm and if you ever need a break from the city, or a morning to get your hands dirty, or an afternoon hanging with the ladies of Chateau Poulet or our lovely cows, we welcome you.  There is so much to learn and always so little time so when you do get a moment we’d love to hear from you!


Our little ones in their new home… for more pics check out our December Days post!

Still hungry?  For those still interested in purchasing greens, squash, potatoes, milk, eggs & other goodies etc throughout the next few months please let us know and we’ll keep you updated week by week of what we have available here on the farm.

Extra eggs & the last of the crates.  We will have extra eggs this week at farm pick up if anyone is interested so come prepared!  We know it’s the height of baking season and it always seems to be brunch o’clock or second farmer/hobbit breakfast here on the farm!  There are also a few missing crates out there in the world so don’t forget to leave them out or bring them along for the final CSA pick up!

Happy holidays to you all!  May it be spent in the warmth of family and friends.  We’re so happy to know each and every one of you!  We also hope that the video below inspires you to keep on cooking for the months to come (and until the CSA starts up again)!

Our best to you all,

Jess & Brian, Ellie, Maribelle & the ladies (both big and small) of chateau poulet…

dirty hands, clean hearts