“Hello, sun in my face.  Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields… ” – Mary Oliver

Hi Friends & Farm-ily,

We hope you all had a healthy, happy holiday and New Year!   After a two-week harvest break (the first time since May!), we’re so excited to get back to Winter CSA harvest (and we bet you are too)! What a whirlwind it’s been since our last Winter CSA distribution – between the holidays, the more mild winter weather (especially compared to last year), the 2018 Spring, Summer & Fall CSA sign ups and getting a few opportunities to sneak away from the farm and go for a hike with friends!  It’s been a great finale to 2017 and a wonderful beginning to 2018.

Thank you members! January 1st, 2018 was the best opening CSA day we’ve had in the last 9 years! We had more return members sign up on the 1st (and the days following) than we could have ever expected. Your early investment makes a huge difference in our ability to make decisions on the farm. And those decisions ultimately allow us to provide a better experience and product to you, our members.  Here we grow 2018!

Shares 3 & 4 and a quiet nighttime view of the CSA pick up…

Sign up for the 2018 Spring, Summer & Fall Season!  We are just 10 days into January and we are more than halfway there to being full for the 2018 season.  A big thank you to all of our amazing CSA members both new and old!  Keep spreading the good word because it makes all the difference.   As a farm-ily member once said, “keep your friends close and your farmers closer.”

Shortcut to the CSA Sign Up Form!

January on the Farm. It’s a funny inbetween time on the farm this time of year. Where we’re still subject to winter weather and whatever ol’ mother nature brings our way (with rain, temps falling below freezing etc) but we’re also creeping closer to Spring with every passing day. We’re not planting or seeding or weeding much this time of the year but we are crop planning, ordering seeds and getting our work spaces and tools in order for a whole new farming season. We’ve been making some major headway on crop planning and seed orders in the WHF office (first we had to dust off all the cobwebs from our 2017 season…farmers don’t see much ‘office’ time during the growing season).   We plan on taking several soil tests this weekend to see where our soil fertility is at. We’ve had a blast figuring out soil interpretation over the past 8 seasons and even help out a few of our farmer friends with their soil interpretations.  We saw a lot of improvements in our soil last year from all our inputs we’ve put in (organic fertilizer and organic compost etc) and are excited (in the best, most nerdy way possible) to check out how we did this past year!

Views from that beautiful sun shower we had on Tuesday…

Before the holidays we were able to construct our first 2 100ft caterpillar tunnels (from Farmer’s Friend LLC). They were super easy to put up and we’re really excited to plant in them later this week for early spring/the hunger gap crops (lettuce & spinach)! We were also able to clean out our third high tunnel and get it prepped for some baby arugula, carrots and more!

We’ve also passed the shortest day of the year (the winter solstice) and are slowly seeing the days increase, minute by minute, day by day. We’ve had a few really hard freezes over the break (coldest night got down around 22) but we’ve been maintaining a similar weather pattern of 45-50 degree days and 30-38 degree nights. And after last year’s crazy winter weather events we’ll take it! Hard to believe we had a foot of snow on the ground this time last year! It’s amazing how different the years can be.

*Can you all believe we had 12” of snow on the ground this time last year?!   We remember patiently waiting for it to melt (it felt like forever) to see how all the crops fared in that crazy weather event.   We thank all our Winter CSA members for your support and dedication to winter eating (even through the dark and frozen days of winter).

Sun showers, Brian in our overwintering cabbage patch and our first taste of Kalettes!

Pretty soon it will be Spring again and the return of longer days and an incredible bounty. We are VERY excited for the coming season on the farm.   Winter can be a time of rest and recuperation for farmers but it is also a time for planning, revisiting notes from the previous year, solidifying the crop plan, ordering soil amendments, getting the propagation house up and going for the start of seeding, submitting the seed order, going over financial projections, figuring out ways to manage workflow in the busy season better etc, as well as some winter projects & planting outside.  Over the next few  weeks we will sow our first seeds of the season (onions, shallots, lettuce, spinach, beets) and this week, we’re buttoning up the rest of our seed order and are in the midst of our crop plan in anticipation of another bountiful season!

On a personal note, Brian and I have been really touched by the sweet little notes, emails and posts on the group page about what signing up for the CSA means to them.  One of our members that is going into their 6th year with WHF wrote this on our Facebook page, “It’s become a New Year’s tradition at my house that the first purchase of the year is our CSA membership, which is a three-season investment in the health of our household, our community, and our bank account. We have improved our diets and our health immeasurably because our farmers provide the most nutritious, freshest, tastiest produce out there at a tiny fraction of what we would have to spend to buy it (way less fresh!) at retail. We realized our first season in that we could not afford *not* to be members of WHF CSA–it’s the best thing we buy every year, hands down! Happy New Year, and thank you both, Farmers Jess and Brian!”

This kind of thing means the world to us.  This is why we started WHF,  with the goal of bringing a community together over amazing food and to know the farmers and place that brings that food to your table.. to be part of the farm-ily and the working hands farm team.  Eating and enjoying that amazing food and tending-to and growing that food through sustainable and organic practices helps us to achieve those goals together!  Eating should feel good and when it’s fresh and grown down the road and picked by your farmers it seems like the easiest and best way to contribute to that shared goal/vision.  It’s the perfect partnership and we feel so lucky to be where we are in the U.S., in Oregon, in Hillsboro, off a old country road called River within a community of people who are excited to eat well (the freshest possible produce), know their farmers (and their food), support their local economy and be part of the WHF team.

“When the community is connected to its soil the plants are not the only things to grow roots.” – Farmer B

Brian in the new caterpillar tunnels and the last sunset of 2017!  

Spring, Summer & Fall CSA Sign-Ups are now OPEN!

3 Steps to Signing Up:

Read all about the 2018 Spring, Summer & Fall CSA Season (the Who, What, Where, Why, When & How Much)

Fill out the CSA Sign Up Form & Member Agreement

Mail or drop off a Check or Make Payment Online to reserve your share

Pay by Check: Make checks out to ‘Working Hands Farm’ and send it to 7705 SW River Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97123.  Checks only!  Please make sure to put the shareholders name & type of share in the memo.

Pay by Check via drop off on the farm: If you would like to drop off your payment in form of a check on the farm, there is clearly marked white CSA lockbox located on a post at the red barn (on your left when you pull in).    Please drop it off during regular business hours (9-6pm).  Click here to see where to drop off your check!  We check it daily.  Checks only!  Please make sure to put the shareholders name & type of share in the memo.

Pay Online: Visit the WHF Farmstore to pay for your share online.  Please note that the online payment option includes the 3% + .30 online processing fee.  If you wish to avoid this online fee you can pay by check.  


Spent a day on our ‘harvest break’ on a beautiful trail with friends, baby spinach plants and our favorite winter green: chicory!

Thank you all for your support!  Word of mouth is the best way to help us grow and sustain our small farm. Please encourage interested friends, family, neighbors & community etc… in signing up for their WHF CSA share.  Many thanks for your help from all of us at Working Hands.

We look forward to seeing you all at the start of the season!  Here’s to good food and the amazing community it brings together!  We’re so excited to continue on in this farming journey and to share it all with you.#workinghandsfarmcsa #dirtyhandscleanhearts #endlesspossibilities

With kind regards,

Your Farmers

Jess & Brian

dirty hands, clean hearts

King of the Sand Bag Pile, a frosty December morning and more chicory (Variegata di Castelfranco!)