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Our CSA orientation is June 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Please bring your family and join us for an evening at the Farm. See your summer vegetables growing! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, taste a leaf of sweet fennel or sour sorrel as we stroll the fields and meet our hard-working interns. We’ll explain our pickup system and you’ll have the opportunity to signup for optional add-on shares. These will be delicious ways to support other local producers, and an opportunity to collect an even more abundant basket each week. At the end of the evening, take home your first vegetables of this season! (subscribers received an email from Rebecca with additional details.)

Farmers with freshly harvested radishes

Shares Available

We are very excited to see this program starting for another glorious season. If you know of others who might be interested in joining us, please spread the word that shares are still available. If you refer someone who subscribes, we’ll thank you with a free box of veggies and, of course, a huge hug and many thanks.

We look forward to meeting all of our new subscribers and seeing the familiar faces of friends and neighbors. Contact Rebecca if you have questions. And be sure to follow us on Instagram @persephonefarmer!

fresh tender peashoot

 

 

Governor Jay Inslee and Rebecca at the Persephone stand.

Look who stopped by our stand at the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market last week!  Governor Jay Inslee was asking for ideas on how to spruce up his leek soup recipe.  We were happy to provide some inspiration!  We’ve got lots of spring greens, leeks and flowers.  Come visit us at the market Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cheerful flowers on the opening day of the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market.

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Rebecca in Fidelity Ad with Fidel Castro on Time Magazine cover

It was wild to get a call that Fidelity Investments wanted to use my image for an ad campaign! You just never know what’s going to come your way. The ad is in this week’s Time Magazine, the one with Fidel on the cover!

Here’s the story: last summer, a fashion photographer from NYC, Brian Doben, contacted us and asked if he could shoot some pictures at Persephone for a personal project he calls the “At Work” project. www.atworkproject.com

He seeks to photograph people in all sorts of occupations who are passionate about their work.
That sure fits us; so we said yes.

Here are a few images from our day together.

Happy female farmer

Photo by Brian Doben Photography

Female farmer tending the crops

Photo by Brian Doben Photography

Out of the blue, a year later, Brian contacted me again and this time asked for my permission to have one of the images used by Fidelity. I guess, rather than feeling old (a retirement ad? Really? Me? Already?) I should look at the message as a positive one: if you plan now for your retirement, you too, could be living the dream of owning a beautiful small farm, dirty fingernails and all.

BTW that score of 81 is bogus. I never even took the test. It’s just an ad!

But, in case you’re wondering, yes they did pay me for the picture. And I gotta say, it was easier money than bunching the equivalent amount of carrots.

Feel free to contact me for more modelling gigs. ;-)

Livin the dream,
Rebecca

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End of the Season

Rainbow over Persephone Farm

A rainbow over our last CSA harvest yesterday.

Happy (last) CSA Wednesday, everybody! What a season! As the CSA wraps up this week, so does our season here at Persephone. Our last official day of work is Friday, then we’ll all move on to our next steps in the next week or so. Looking back over the past 8 months it is really incredible how much this farm has transformed. Brand new areas have been turned into productive farmland, and all of us workers have grown and learned so much valuable knowledge. This week we’re wrapping up any loose ends, getting as much cover crop in the ground as possible, and harvesting our last rounds of flowers and vegetables. The weather today is a nice full-circle reminder of when we got here at the end of February, and the farm is starting to look more and more like it did when we arrived. Our few over-wintering crops are being prepped for colder temperatures to come, some by being nestled in the greenhouses or others by being sprayed with a cold-toughening kelp spray.

Five Persephone farmers posing with flowers

A throwback to one of our late Fridays making bouquets for market as a crew! From left to right, Brian, Kristina, Rebecca, Taylor, and Brooklyn, Persephone crew 2016

We hope that you all have enjoyed sharing in the bounty of the season with us. By supporting our farm you have allowed all of us flower-novices to learn the full cycle of flower growing, harvesting, and arranging — an experience we will all cherish for a long time. We have also all learned so much about vegetable production as well, and have been exposed to delicious regional treats such as pea shoots, sweet turnips and purple sprouting broccoli! From all of us at Persephone Farm 2016, including all of our pollinators like the one below, we would like to thank you for your kind words and continued support, and hope that you have a nice and relaxing winter.

– 2016 Persephone Interns

Farmer Rebecca holding a flower with a honeybee

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Can you believe it’s already August?? Our “new” interns have already been here for a month and are now in the full swing of things. Lately it seems like the majority of our time is spent harvesting, both vegetables and flowers (which happens to be my favorite job!). Each morning begins with harvesting of some sort, and all of Friday is dedicated to harvesting so that everything is as fresh as possible for the Farmers’ Market! When we do manage to squeeze in some time for other tasks, we have been doing a lot of bed turnover. Veggies and flowers whose time has come and gone are getting taken out to become compost, and their space is being tilled and made into raised beds, ready for the next thing to be planted! It’s really special to be able to witness the full life cycle of the farm within just one short season. Today we will be taking out the last annual plant that was here before we arrived, one bed of over-wintered kale. Sad to see it go, but exciting to say that everything (aside from perennials) growing on this whole farm has been planted since our time here! Below are some pictures from our new Instagram account, started by our intern Kristina! Be sure to check it out and give us a follow @persephonefarmer!

persphone's instagram account

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