This is the point when I really wish I could create a post with pictures of a glowing, svelte, bursting-with-health-and-energy farmer, and write up a little copy insinuating that if you join my CSA you’ll be every bit as vibrant and glowing and so on.  I mean, I really want to write that post.  I want to be the woman in that picture.  I want to be your role model.  I have this mental picture of you opening my brochure or looking my website and thinking “whoa, I want to be like her, so I’m going to sign up now!”

But here’s my reality:  I’m 57, overweight, I drink far too much coffee, and my truck seems to drive itself to Neato Burrito.

So, I can’t offer the role model thing.  Not this year, anyway.  What I can do is to invite you on the journey with me.  I am a well intentioned mess. But that’s just a starting point, because every day I have the opportunity to do a little better.

The older I get, the more I realize that more people are like me than not – we are, most of us, a well intentioned mess.  We are all works in progress.  So why don’t we help each other out?  The “C” in CSA stands for “community”.  This is the year that I really want to emphasize the community aspect of Cool Beans.  It’s already there – you share recipes with me and I pass them on to other members, you help each other out on pickup days, and so on.  But I’m ramping this aspect up this year.  I’m ironing out the details for a partnership with a local shelter, and we’re going to grow fresh food for the people who find themselves seeking a safe place there.  You can help, if you want.  We’ll tweak the Facebook page so you can post directly and we can support each other.  We’ll do more events on the farm this year.  (The honest truth is that I kept waiting ‘until we got things cleaned up around here’ to do that.  And now, with this new-found wisdom, I recognize that this is never going to happen.  So, let’s just have some parties anyway.)

Every local CSA offers beautiful food – they’re all run by good, honest, hardworking people who I am honored to consider my friends.  If mine doesn’t sound right for you, check them out, and you’ll surely find the right match.  But, if you want to come along on my journey to be – well, to be what I was originally created to be, before all my bad habits got in the way – then I would love to have you in Cool Beans, and I will take good care of you.

The ‘SA’ part of CSA stands for ‘supported agriculture’.  Community supported agriculture.  And that’s where the contract comes in (there’s a link at the top of the page) and the check that you need to write to join.  I’m growing some wonderful, healthy food here, and growing it in a way that respects the extraordinary place we live in – a friend called it the ‘sacred joining of ancient waters and earth’.  It costs some money to do so, both for supplies and labor.  If I could do this for free, I would, but I can’t.  Barter options are available, contact me if the cost is an issue, and let’s see what we can do.

There’s links at the top of the page that explain how this works in much more detail.  If you’re new to the whole concept, start with the ‘about Cool Beans CSA’ link for an overview.  And don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Sign up.  Sign up, grab my hand, and let’s get better – healthier, stronger, and keeping this beautiful world safer and cleaner.  And next year, you can pose for the brochure pictures with me.

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