The above picture shows a Charleston Grey Watermelon hanging on the vine. They are so sweet!
Sacrifice has meaning only in context of a goal, dream, or mission. In pursuing these we often face obstacles which require us to forfeit physical or emotional comfort in the service of something that matters more. Often, the greater the dream or vision, the greater the shared sacrifice required to attain it.
My friends, I’m going on my third month here at Tonopah Rob’s All Natural Vegetable Farm. I’m Brant Keizer, Tonopah Rob’s Project Manager. Hard work isn’t new to me, having served in the military during Desert Storm, a police officer in California and owning my own business, but nothing even compares to the amount of work that is needed at this farm.
On the farm, there are no days off, no paid time off or sick days. There is no 401k or health and dental insurance. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I’m not complaining. My goal is to paint a more realistic picture of the farm in your mind and the amount of work and sacrifice it takes to put that delicious food on your dining room table.
Our day starts with a morning meeting just before sunrise, making lists and plans for work that needs done. The chickens and turkeys will start staring at us through the windows to let us know our meeting is over and its time for them to eat. Just to water the different crops on the farm takes all day and over 15,000 gallons of water. Weeds need to be pulled, eggs need to be collected, seeds need to be planted, fences need to be built around new crops, sprinklers need to be set, bird netting needs to be installed over the new fencing, more weeds need to be pulled. That is no exaggeration, it is exactly what we did today.
I ask myself, who in their right mind would want to do this kind of work? The amount of sacrifice and work that Tonopah Rob puts into his farm is an incredible site to see. The farm comes first and everything else second.
I hope everyone reading this realizes how lucky they are to have people like Tonopah Rob and his farm in their life. Before I started working here I had no idea how much work it took to put quality, non GMO and chemical free food on people’s tables.
What are you willing to sacrifice to help the farm? The farm needs much support. I hope you will consider joining our CSA program. Check out the CSA Information and CSA Contract and if you have any questions Tonopah Rob will passionately explain the program to you in depth.
If every person would spend 20.00 dollars per visit, either shopping at the farm or at a market location, that would be enough for Tonopah Rob to continue making improvements to the farm. Rob cares so much about the farm and his customers and to relieve some of his financial burden shows him the work and sacrifice he makes on a daily basis is really not in vain.
Come support the farm this Saturday, September 21, 2013 for this months one day sale. By the way, this is a cash, credit/debit or check only market. The new CSA program doesn’t start until November. I’ll see you at the Farm Stand, BK.
It’s time for the last summer sale. On Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 7 to 10 a.m. the farm stand will host its last summer sale. There will be plenty of veggies to gobble up. Eggs will be on sale but in order to get the sale price, you must want three dozen for ten dollars or two dozen for eight dollars or one dozen at regular price of 5.25/dozen.
For now, here’s the veggie list but keep in mind more can be added to the line up.
- Sweet Peppers
- Frozen soup and stew chickens
- Frozen Bags of Strawberries
- Frozen Bags of Tomatoes
- Grape Jelly from TR’s grape vines
- Fresh Eggs
- maybe a surprise or two