Dear friends and customers,
Please consider supporting Jack and Julie as we participate in the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Mass Chapter’s annual fundraiser – this year titled “Human Health and Climate Action Challenge” (we are on team “Healthy Soils”).
Though Julie retired August 31 from NOFA/Mass after 36 years at the helm and Jack will be retiring from editing NOFA’s regional journal, The Natural Farmer after this next issue, we have a lifelong commitment to the work of this organization that for the past 50 years has been the go to place for learning and community around the growing and advocacy for organic farming in the Northeast. We are proud to have been leaders in bringing NOFA directly into the center of education around healthy soils, carbon sequestration, nutrient density and crop quality.
Now home full-time on the farm, we can focus much of our creative energy into building our Many Hands Organic Farm into a more vibrant, learning center for the large number of folks who stop by either short or long term to work with us to provide some of the “best food grown in New England” to quote one of our customers. NOFA/Mass has supported us in our growth as excellent farmers and does so for the more than 1100 growers in Massachusetts through its wide ranging programming that supports the small urban grower all the way to the wholesale farmer.
This October, in support of the NOFA/Mass Human Health and Climate Action Challenge, we are challenging ourselves to:
- implement a number of strategies to build soil and sequester carbon in the vegetable fields this fall, and lay the groundwork for additional work in spring. We’ll share more about those specific tactics over the next few weeks!
- use our platforms (social media and email to farm customers and supporters like you) to share daily tips around soil building and carbon sequestration.
- raise $2,000 to help fill the coffers at NOFA/Mass.
Please support us this year for the first time, or for the 9th time like some of you have. The cool thing about NOFA is that it is a group of folks who believe in positive solutions to our many social and agricultural problems that face us, managed through joint effort – setting aside our difference of politics or personalities and rolling up our sleeves and getting to work – as any good farmer knows how to do.
You can follow our challenge journey this October on the Many Hands Organic Farm Facebook page and on Instagram, where you can find us via @manyhandsorganic and the NOFA/Mass hashtag #humanhealthandclimateaction.
You can make a donation in support of our goal via our fundraising page. Or you can mail your check made out to NOFA/Mass to Julie and Jack, 411 Sheldon Road, Barre, MA 01005. You can also join us in participating in the challenge, if you wish – you can learn more and sign up here.
Thanks in advance for helping us reach our goal of $2,000 by October 31. We will let you know how we did!
Thanks so much,
Jack and Julie